Established in 1989 and located in the heart of Fremantle, Notre Dame is a private Catholic university. Notre Dame is a modestly sized student body (approximately 5,000 at the main campus) which makes this institution particularly inviting for BC students.
Notre Dame’s teaching faculty have a reputation for their significant industry experience, and the low student to staff ratio ensures that this expertise is readily accessible to all students. Subjects are offered in a range of disciplines, and study abroad students are provided the opportunity to participate in unique Australian excursions.
Students at Notre Dame enroll in a range of courses from various programs of study at NDA and take five classes alongside their Australian counterparts for full integration into the Australian educational system.
Subjects include Aboriginal studies, Australian history, business, behavioral science, communications, education, environmental sciences, history, literature, philosophy, politics, psychology, theology.
A special course in Australian History and Society has been designed especially for US students and includes a field trip to the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia where students visit an Aboriginal community and experience their way of life. Students gain a nuanced understanding of Aboriginal culture from an historical perspective and examine current issues of the Australian Aboriginal community.
An optional field trip to Southeast Asia is also offered to business students as part of the Business in Asia (Semester 2) course.
Project Officer, Study Abroad
19 Mouat Street
Fremantle, WA 6959
Academics & Support
Students should consult the acceptance materials that NDA sends them for the dates of the orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; students must remain for all of their exams.
Upon arrival, students will participate in a comprehensive orientation program aimed at introducing them to the university system, its students and facilities. During the orientation students will be advised about course selection.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-July and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early February and ends in late June.
Students will live in on-campus accommodations
or in an off-campus residence
in very close proximity to the University. All rooms are fully furnished and are generally either single or twin share. Students should look at the information on housing that they receive with their acceptance materials.
Students should apply for housing shortly after receiving the acceptance materials from NDA. Please keep in mind that housing costs are paid by students directly to NDA. For students that receive financial aid from Boston College, please keep in mind that financial aid is not disbursed to your account until after the first week of class. This may be an issue for students going abroad in the fall semester as payment for housing is due in July whilst a refund of excess funds is only available in September.
Most students purchase a cell phone when they arrive in Fremantle. During the university’s orientation participants will receive information about buying a cell phone.
Australian universities do not have meal plans, but NDA has many on-campus dining facilities as well as off-campus restaurants. Accommodations will also have kitchen facilities.
NDA provides a unique opportunity for an encounter/immersion experience with an Aboriginal community in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. Business and arts students can take an optional field trip to South East Asia in Semester 2. Many environmental courses offer field trips to remote locations including the south coast of Western Australia, the southwestern forests, Rottnest Island, and the central and northwestern coastal areas of the state. Other social activities are arranged by the Student Life office, which includes study abroad students in all activities. A student mentors program is also available.
Notre Dame encourages students to participate in community service activities and offers a range of placements in the local area through its volunteer program.
Information about local transportation may be found here