Summer Photography in Australia - Edge of the Outback

Program Information

Our Summer Photography in Australia—Edge of the Outback study abroad program starts off down in Melbourne, then moves on to a regional campus in Mildura, a small city in northwestern Victoria Province. At the Mildura campus, you will learn the fundamental photographic techniques and then head into the outback for a 5-day exploration of this region’s ancient landscapes. On this program, you’ll get to:

Travel off the beaten track – Experience an Australia that few visitors, and for that matter few Australians, really know.

Develop your photography skills - If you're new to photography, you'll get a great taste of outdoor photography. If you're a seasoned photographer, you'll get strong additions to your portfolio. Develop your photography skills in a unique landscape while you study photography abroad.

Learn about the Australian outback and more – What better way to learn about the Australian outback, and Australia’s history and culture, than a hands-on experiential course?

Show your work in a local gallery – Summer Photography in Australia—Edge of the Outback ends with a student art exhibit at a local gallery.

Highlights and Excursions

If you've always wanted to spend your summer studying abroad in Australia, check out our Summer Photography in Australia - Edge of the Outback program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Gain valuable photography skills in just 3 weeks 
  • Perfect for photography novices and experts alike 
  • Study photography abroad off the beaten track in regional Australia 
  • See a part of Australia unknown to both foreigners and many Australians 
  • Inclusive program package 
  • Get inspired by the beauty of multiple national parks 
  • Exhibit your work in a local gallery

On the travel portion of this program, you will see a World Heritage area containing evidence of 50,000 years of Aboriginal occupation, the Murray-Darling River system (among the world’s largest), and the Mutawinji and Kinchega national parks. Not to mention the historic mining town of Broken Hill and the iconic Mungo National Park, where the Walls of China reveal thousands of years of Aboriginal culture.


On Summer Photography in Australia—Edge of the Outback, you’ll enjoy great housing in both local hostels and hotels.

While in Mildura you’ll stay at Backpackers, a local dormitory-style hostel. Once you head into the outback, one night will be spent at Mario’s Palace Hotel in Broken Hill (featured in the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), 3 nights at Shearers Quarter Accommodation at Mutawintji (dormitory style), and the last night at the Shearers Quarter Accommodation at Mungo National Park (dormitory style). All housing is modest, but comfortable and clean.

During the field trip (5–6 days), food is provided only when there’s no access to stores. Where there are local supermarkets, you will be responsible for picking up and paying for your food.


On this program, you will take the following course: Visual Arts Media Workshop.

This is a 3- week travel program covering a variety of topics, including concepts in photography, black and whit printing with alternative photographic practices, as well as discussion of SLR camera operation and maintenance. No previous photography experience is required. A local Aboriginal guide from the Barkindji Nation will join you on the excursions to assist in the interpretation of indigenous culture. At the end of the program you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in a local gallery.

Campus Setting

Small city/the Outback

Average Course Load

1 course (3 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Summer 2015:

Start Date: Mid June

End Date: Early July

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015



*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.

See CISabroad website for past prices and  updates.


  • All in-country travel
  • Tuition & fees
  • Housing and some meals
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • A visual journal, digital prints, and exhibition presentation materials
  • La Trobe University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

"My trip to Australia was an experience of a lifetime. Everything from learning aboriginal history to hiking a mountain to eating kangaroo contributed to make my first trip to Australia something I will never forget. The friendships I formed will forever be a reminder of the wonders that lie in the Australian outback."

Shanna F.