Australian Leadership Program

Visit Australia for an overseas cultural immersion and leadership opportunity.

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UBC Okanagan and St. Catherine’s Residential University College in Perth, Australia are pleased to offer an exciting Indigenous cultural exchange opportunity: the Australian Leadership Program.

Application typically opens in Spring, with the exchange happening in the Summer term. The 2019 application period is now closed; check back next year for more details regarding the 2020 program.

If you have any questions, email:


June 24 – July 12, 2019 at UBC Okanagan
July 13 – August 1, 2019 in Perth, Australia


The Indigenous cultural exchange between UBC Aboriginal students and Indigenous Australian students from St. Catherine’s Residential University College has been developed to:

  • connect students to other Indigenous peoples and cultures
  • enable students to listen and learn from one another as educated young leaders in their country
  • develop leadership and confidence as world ambassadors of their cultures
  • provide an opportunity to experience a culturally appropriate overseas immersion
  • develop further their understanding of the social, political, and economic issues facing Indigenous peoples across the plane


  • Round-trip airfare, accommodation, activity entry fees, and the majority of meals will be paid for by Aboriginal Programs & Services.
  • You will be staying on campus at UBC Okanagan with the Australian Ambassadors for the first part of the program and on- and off-campus at the University of Western Australia for the last portion.
  • Students will be responsible for health coverage, visas (if required), and personal spending money.
  • Valid Passport required.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.