UGA Study Abroad Australia Queensland: Sydney, Brisbane, Outback, Sunshine Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforest
May 9 – June 3, 2015; $2995
7 credits (a wide variety of courses is available) and open to all majors (most courses have no pre-requisites) as well as out-of-state and non-UGA students (at in-state tuition rates). Application deadline is March 19 (email us if applying after this date for available spaces).
Queensland, Australia is known as the Sunshine State, and home to the Outback and Aboriginal communities, lush tropical rainforest, golden beaches, and the marine diversity of the magnificent and stunning Great Barrier Reef. The weather in tropical Queensland in May is typically near perfect, with sunshine and daily temperatures of 75-85°F. A diverse array of course credits are available (see below).
The program begins with several days in Sydney, considered one of the world’s best cities to live and play, taking classes and local field trips with UGA faculty and Australian experts. In Sydney, we visit iconic places including the Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and Darling Harbor, head to Bondi or Manly beach to explore heritage and tourism conservation, as well as take a free day for independent exploration. We then head north to Queensland for our field trips: We stay on an isolated island eco-resort on the Great Barrier Reef, travel to the surfing beach town of Noosa (Sunshine Coast) to explore sustainable development and ecotourism issues, visit the Outback at Carnarvon Gorge, and travel to the Gondwanaland rainforest at Lamington National Park. We finish the program in Brisbane, one of Australia’s most vibrant and modern cities. One of the unique features of the program is the activities we have along the way: Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, experience Aboriginal bush life, discover koalas and kangaroos, and hike tropical rainforests, as well as guided tours of Sydney and Brisbane.
The program is open to all students from UGA and from other institutions (non-UGA students pay in-state tuition), and no prior knowledge is assumed. An optional add-on 8-day program in Fiji (3 credits), 17-day service-learning program in Fiji (4 credits), or 13 days in Tahiti (3 credits) in early June is available at the end of this program. Email email@example.com and or/download the sample itinerary for more information. Click here to apply now.
Credits and Costs
Select any two courses from the following (Note: 4271 must be taken for at least 4 credits); for example you can take 4 credits of ANTH 4271 and 3 credits of BIOL 3720L, or 4 credits of ANTH 4271 and 3 credits of INTL 4271:
* Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL/RLST 4271/6271) 4 or 7 credits (meets UGA Writing Certificate requirements)
* Field Animal Behavior (BIOL 3720L) 3 credits (BIOL 1108 is a prerequisite)
The 3000, 4000, and 5000 level courses are for undergraduate students and 6000 level courses are for graduates and honors students. Any of the following course prefixes can be selected: ANTH (Anthropology), BIOL (Biology), ECOL (Ecology), FANR (Forestry and Natural Resources), , GEOG (Geography), INTL (International Affairs), RLST (Recreation and Leisure Studies). (Note: INTL 4271H replaces INTL 6271.)
Program cost includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground transportation, and many meals. Tuition (HOPE applies and out-of-state or non-UGA students pay in-state tuition) and airfare (optional group rate, departing and returning to Los Angeles, available click here (TBA) for details) are additional. We also strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance for these tickets (at approximately $25) and deposit deadline is TBA. The major international carriers permit a lay-over in Fiji or Tahiti on the return flight to the U.S. typically for minimal extra cost.
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