American students experience Fremantle at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 5-2-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



Nine American students participating in a United States (US) Government funded study abroad program chose Fremantle, Western Australia (WA) and The University of Notre Dame Australia as their base for a two month immersion program focussing on the history and culture of Australia.

The students, from throughout America, are taking part in a US community college initiative, encouraging them to study overseas - giving them an international perspective on the global community.

Whilst at Notre Dame they visited significant historical sites and museums, such as the Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Arts Centre. A typical Australian summer meant also making the most of the local beaches.

Melissa Prechtle, from Portland Oregon, said she’s had a great time and loves Fremantle’s relaxed atmosphere.

“Both Freo and the University are definitely beautiful, and filled with history. It’s great the town has put so much effort into making its history come alive,” Ms Prechtle said.

Another student, Anastayza Foriska said she found her stay in Australia an amazing experience - a life changing event.

“I’ve learnt so much about Australia, it's been such a wonderful time,” Ms Foriska said.

The group experienced the diversity of Australia’s natural beauty, travelling to South West WA, staying in the scenic town of Denmark, walking through the iconic ‘Valley of the Giants’ in Walpole’s Karri Forrest and sharing some of Australia’s unique rural lifestyle.

After they left Notre Dame the group camped in the remote Pilbara region where they had the chance to visit aboriginal communities, viewing their century old cave drawings and meeting some of the elders who shared dream time stories.