Kirstie Harmdierks, the daughter of Kay Johnson of Breezy Point, is studying in Australia during spring semester through the Office for Education Abroad at the College of St. Benedict (CSB) in St. Joseph and St. John’s University (SJU) in Collegeville.
Harmdierks is a junior psychology and biology double major at CSB.
The Australia program is located in Fremantle in western Australia, approximately 30 miles from the capital city of Perth. Students enroll at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), the country’s first private, Catholic university.
All students participate in a course on Australian history and society, which includes an excursion in western Australia with a significant aboriginal experience.
In addition, students choose three courses from among their major, minor or general education requirements from the UNDA course catalog.
CSB and SJU students are housed in a student residence on the university campus with some international and Australian students.
The faculty for the program consists of a professor from CSB and SJU and professors from the UNDA. Larry Davis, professor of geology and biology at CSB and SJU, is the director of the program this spring.