Travel Writing in Australia (Summer)

This program is structured around a 12-day guided research trip on which students travel to small-town Australia from the ocean to the outback. While on the road, students will read and write as they travel and will gather a research portfolio for articles, essays, and creative pieces. Upon return to Sydney, class sessions and assignments will draw on students’ research gathered while on the road.

Program Curriculum

Required Courses

Students enroll in both of the following courses.

CAS EN 592: Travel Writing in Australia: Journey and Place in Literature and Creative Writing (4)

This course explores an eclectic collection of Australian writings which focus on a sense of place and the motif of journey. Authors to be studied include Mark Twain, D.H. Lawrence, Peter Carey, Olga Masters, Dorothy Hewett, and Nadia Wheatley. The course will span more than 100 years of writing from postcards to poetry, short stories to novels, plays to screenplays. The first-hand knowledge of place that students will gain during the research trip, compared with a writer’s evocation of that place will help to illuminate the writing process and inform a critical reading of the texts. Australian writers, playwrights, screen dramatists, and editors will be included as guest lecturers. Syllabus

COM JO 528: Travel Writing in Australia: Journalism and Non-Fiction (4 credits)

The course will focus on producing travel articles and factual pieces on travel and tourism developed around a sense of audience and purpose. Through the study of selected texts (including magazine and newspaper articles), and the drafting of written pieces, students will learn how to refine their writing style in order to integrate local voices, aspects of place, and other detailed research in an engaging narrative. Established travel writers and travel editors will be guest lecturers. There may be publication opportunities within the local, national, and overseas press, for student work of the highest merit. Syllabus

Program Details

Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late May to late July
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
  • The BU Sydney Academic Center is located in Broadway close to both the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. In addition to classroom and office space, the Center houses a computer lab equipped with wireless Internet service and a program library. Student accommodations are located in the BU Sydney Academic Center, and offers easy access to public transportation, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and the city business district.
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: March 1

Download a description of the Travel Writing in Australia program or visit the BU Sydney website.

Program Staff

All Boston University Sydney programs are administered in coordination with our Boston and Sydney offices. In Boston, a program manager oversees the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Sydney. The Boston offfice also houses administrative personnel, who are responsible for everyday operations. In Sydney, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.