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Australia: Fitness first at ACU

Australian Catholic UniversityAustralians take their sport very seriously – and despite its relatively small population, the nation performs well in many competitive sports. It also has a health care system that is ranked among the top 10 in the world by the World Health Organisation. So it comes as no surprise that many students choose to combine their Australian medicine or health degree with fitness or sports therapy programs.

At the Australian Catholic University (ACU), you can study a diploma or degree in Exercise Science (or sports science), and learn to help athletes and sports professionals maximise their performance. By understanding the way the human body works, including physiology, biomechanics, motor development and sport psychology, you could become a consultant to coaches and trainers in all areas of sport.

Both the diploma and degree include subjects such as anatomy, physiology, immunology, nutrition and biological chemistry, and you will spend some time conducting experiments, analysing data and making observations in project situations. Postgraduate study, such as the Master of Exercise Science (Research) is essential if you want to expand your career in this area.

Hannes Schuler, from Germany, is an undergraduate exercise science student at ACU. She says; “Having had the chance to come to Australia has been the greatest opportunity in my life. All staff members and students I have met here were extremely friendly and helpful, and I never had the feeling that I was not welcome.”

“The course itself provided many challenges and much more practical experience than compared to universities in Germany. One of the main reasons I chose an Australian university was to enjoy the famous Australian lifestyle, its beaches, landscapes, and see some of the crazy animals I had heard about.”

“Without any exceptions, the quality of the lectures and tutorials was outstanding, and I can recommend anyone interested in exercise science to consider applying at ACU. Most lecturers have broad experience with elite athletes and are involved in top-edge research. Yet, they are as approachable as your fellow students for your questions and concerns.”

“My stay here at ACU has equipped me not only with broader knowledge of my study field, but also with experiences that I will remember a lifetime.”

To find out more about all courses available at ACU, talk with one of our student counsellors.

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