The land down under is known for more than surfing, sun and koalas. Did you know many of America’s A-listers are Australian expats? Here are my favorites, in no particular order…

Nicole Kidman, Actress

NicoleKidmanBest known for: Batman Forever (1995) Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Others (2001)

Heath Ledger, Actor (RIP)

HeathLedgerBest Known for: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Dark Knight (2008)

Hugh Jackman, Actor

HughJackmanBest known for: X-Men (2000), Les Misérables (2012)

Eric Bana, Actor

EricBanaBest known for: Incredible Hulk (2003), Star Trek (2009)

Olivia Newton-John.

OliviaNewtonBest known for: Grease (1978) One word: classic.

Simon Baker, Actor


Best Known for: The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Mentalist (2008-present)

Miranda Kerr, Supermodel


Best known for: Victoria’s Secret modeling

Liam Hemsworth, Actor


Best known for: The Last Song (2010), The Hunger Games (2012), and dating Miley Cyrus

Kylie Minogue, Singer

KylieMonogueBest known for: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (2001). I don’t know about you, but back in the day I couldn’t get this song out one of mine.

Keith Urban, Musician

Best known for:  “Somebody Like You” (2002), American Idol judge (2012-present)

Don’t miss your chance to study in Australia this summer! Apply for the NSCS Academy Abroad by Monday, April 1.

TiffanieTiffanie Thomas is a member relations intern at the NSCS office in Washington D.C. and the VP of Public Relations for NSCS at George Mason University.