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As an international student in Australia, you have a unique opportunity to learn about the world’s oldest continuous cultures through Australian Indigenous Studies.
Australian Indigenous Studies offer a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history. You can enrol in Australian Indigenous Studies at university, as a major, minor or as elective (optional) studies, or as part of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.
As well as providing unique perspectives, Australian Indigenous Studies is an important part of professional and career development in many areas such as education, allied health, media, social welfare, community engagement and local government.
Australian Indigenous Studies can include learning about the political struggle for racial equality, land rights, self-determination and heritage control.
Some of the other areas you may cover are:
Australian Indigenous Studies can give you valuable skills and insights to help prepare you for your career, such as:
Some Australian Indigenous Studies courses offer the opportunity to learn ‘on Country’. This is where class learning takes place on the ancestral lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Learning on Country is a holistic experience that includes field visits, interactions with Indigenous Elders and engagement with the physical environment. It offers students a deeper understanding of connections to land, culture and heritage.
There are also many opportunities for you to expand your knowledge outside of the classroom. Museums, festivals and cultural tours offer immersive experiences for learning about Indigenous history and cultures firsthand.
Some education providers also offer these opportunities as part of their extracurricular programs, such as walking tours, art projects and free online courses.
In Australia, there are significant events and practices that acknowledge and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Many degrees at Australian universities have embedded First Nations perspectives as core components especially in Education, Health, Law and Social Sciences fields.
Use our Course Search tool to enquire with an Australian education or training provider today, and find out about Indigenous Studies options in your chosen fields of study.