With over 300 courses available, there’s something for everyone, from learning practical skills such as a foreign language or in an art or writing program, to discovering more about the world of the past in one of our many history courses. Our IT courses have a terrific range for those who need to brush up on their computer skills, manage a small business, keep up with the kids or web design. Learn to be a better manager, gain training qualifications, become a master public speaker – all in our Business and Training program.

Don’t miss out – join one of WEA’s Summer 2017 courses, and discover the value and quality that have kept WEA going through the 100 years of its existence in Sydney. With over 15,000 students enrolling each year, WEA represents success, interest, involvement, friendship, social outlets, health, community, all packaged with the best tutors in Sydney!

Enjoy your Summer at WEA!

Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • All Stations to Medina: Lawrence of Arabia and the Hejaz Railways
        Late last year, a new Jezreel Valley railway replaced the narrow-gauge line built to connect the port of Haifa with the Hejaz railway from Damascus to Medina, which was destroyed in 1948 during the Arab-Israeli war. Early last century, the Ottomans overcame great obstacles to build both lines to carry pilgrims to Mecca, but the Hejaz railway was largely destroyed by one of Britain’s most extraordinary military leaders, Colonel T E Lawrence. Share the exciting story of the building of the two lines, and their destruction, and the rebuild.
      • Nice, the Beautiful

        Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Through the ages, the town has changed hands many times. For centuries it was a dominion of Savoy, then returned to Piedmont-Sardinia until its re-annexation by France in 1860. The natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate attracted the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century, creating the famous promenade des Anglais. It particularly appealed to some of Western culture’s most outstanding painters, such as Chagall and Matisse. Today, Nice is one of France’s most visited cities with over 4 million tourists/year.


        • History of Nice from ancient Greek to Contemporary
        • The influence of the 18th century English Upper Class on Nice’s architecture and culture
        • Famous artists in Nice, their impact on the city
        • Walks in the Vieux-Nice

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Understand French history through the history of Nice
        2. Discover the beauty of Nice, the cultural capital of the Cote d’Azur
        3. Walk through famous places and buildings in Nice
      • Turkey Post-Coup Attempt
        The attempted coup d'état on 15 July 2016, in Turkey, seems to have given President Erdoğan an opportunity to rid himself of Fethullah Gülen sympathisers. Discuss events surrounding the coup and the steps taken by Erdoğan in the aftermath to reorganise the public administration, the judiciary and the military. A radical overhaul of the state mechanism is likely to alter the public life in Turkey and change the course that was set when the Republic was established.
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