Battlefields Study Tour Open for 2020 Applications

HIST2206: The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond is open for 2020 applications. This overseas study tour takes students across the UK, Turkey, Belgium and France, to the sites on which history was made and to the institutions in which that history is told. 

The course offers a unique opportunity to experience history in an immersive study tour overseas. Students will visit the ground on which the Great War was fought, and learn the lessons of a war that reshaped Europe and changed the world. The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond (HIST2206) offers successful students 12 academic credit points toward their degree, and the chance to pursue further opportunities while overseas like internships.

Across the tour students will retrace Australia’s involvement in the Great War, from Gallipoli to the Western Front. Students will learn the stories of pivotal events that marred a generation and shaped today’s world.


What students said about the 2019 course:

The thing that struck me most on the walk to Plugge’s Plateau is the beauty of the landscape. It is hard to imagine such horrific events unfolding in such a peaceful looking place. The walk also helped me situate my understanding of the battle in the context of the landscape itself. … I was also surprised at how familiar the landscape felt - it does resemble the Australian bush to some degree. The smell of thyme scattered along the ridge is particularly evocative.



Sunset on the plateau was … haunting and magnificent. Heartwrenching stories of men lost in war tore at my emotions, while a radiant sun set on Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. This was truly a special moment



This was an amazing experience. I have come into this course knowing nothing about the ANZAC journey aside that we landed and lost in Gallipoli. Now I feel that I have enough understanding to ask: was it worth it? Were the mass graves, the tears and monumental realisations of the fragility of man worth dying …my answer would have to be “no”.



This wonderful opportunity to learn, to travel, to challenge yourself and meet new people, will be open to students from across the University who have completed at least one semester of study by departure.

The tour is scheduled to run from 24 June-10 July 2020. 

Places are limited, expressions of interest should be direced to the course convenor to secure a place.

Further information is available on the Programs and Courses website, and in this FAQ. You can download the brochure here.