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Be part of the UT Semester Plus Program designed exclusively for College of Education majors.

UT in Sydney for College of Education majors is a unique opportunity to go abroad with a UT faculty member and spend fall semester 2014 on exchange with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), as part of the same program.


Program Features:

•Earn a minimum of 16 credits during the semester.  Participants pay fall flat rate tuition and earn in-residence credit.

•Take courses applicable to College of Education degrees in Sydney, one of the most sports- and exercise-oriented cities in the world.

•Program fee includes semester housing, applicable UTS student fees, and some activities during the first three weeks in Sydney.



Earn a minimum of 16 credit hours (depending on the number of courses you take while at UTS) through this new program that combines the best of both faculty-led summer study with a meaningful exchange in the Fall semester.  Dr. Alexandra Loukas teaches HED 329K in July and helps students acculturate to life in vibrant Sydney, Australia. A one-credit online UT seminar taught by Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir will enhance your ability to live and study in a cross-cultural environment, maximizing your experience abroad. You will work with the Study Abroad in the International Office to choose an applicable course load for the fall semester but you have a full range of course options at UTS to choose from. Download the pre-approved course offerings here.

One of the novel benefits of undertaking an exchange with UTS is that you know in advance, before you ever leave Austin, what course work is available at UTS and what UT credit you would get for taking it. This is because Study Abroad, in collaboration with various departments on campus, works to pre-approve course matches, so you know exactly what kind of credit you can get while abroad, and how best to apply it to your degree plan(s).  Use the online tool My Credit Abroad (MyCA) to explore your options and start the conversation with your Academic Advisor about what courses and credit will work best for you.


Program Calendar:

Participants will earn 16-20 credits, depending on the number of courses taken while at UTS.

2014 Calendar:

You will study:

Taught by:

July  (3 weeks)

HED 329K: Child, Adolescent, and Adult Health (3 credits)

Required course for KHE and EC-6 majors. Course carries a Cultural Diversity Flag.

Dr. Alexandra Loukas, Professor, UT College of Education

July - November

At the University of Technology, Sydney, in classes with Australian students.  Courses are offered in business foundations, government, history, economics, European Studies and many other disciplines. (12-16 credits)

Faculty at the University of Technology, Sydney

July - October

Online International Learning Seminar to enhance your ability to live and study in a cross-cultural environment (1 credit)

Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, Director, UT Study Abroad


Faculty Leadership:

Alexandra Loukas, Ph.D. is Professor in the College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University.

The goal of her research is to decrease problem behaviors and tobacco use in adolescents and young adults, with a particular focus on disparate populations. She has a special interest in examining how factors from multiple ecological levels (e.g., family, school, culture) interact to protect youth from negative health outcomes. She is currently conducting studies examining; 1) the feasibility of a web-based tailored tobacco cessation program for students enrolled in post-secondary vocational programs, and 2) the concurrent use of cigarettes with alternative tobacco products by adolescents and young adults. Dr. Loukas works with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services to conduct a variety of community-based program development and evaluation projects.



•Recommended 2.5 GPA and at least 60 credit hours.

•Non-College of Education majors may participate with prior approval.


More Information:

Application Deadline: December 1, 2013

Program Code 090918.

Please see the UT in Sydney program page or contact Rhonda Waller - to apply. 

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