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*Non-UofA students: Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of Study Abroad will provide non-UofA students further instructions on how to enroll at the University as a visiting, non-degree-seeking student.
This faculty-led study abroad course will focus on wildlife indigenous to Australia, Aborigines history and culture, livestock management and opportunities to explore rainforests and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Students will participate in a 10-day study tour in Queensland, Australia during fall break where they will engage in a learning experience that explores the history, culture, animals, and the geography of this region. Some of the opportunities that students may experience include: interactions with various species of wild life including koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, platypus, sea turtles and dingos, interactions with livestock species and their management (cattle, horses, bison, African Watusi), and snorkeling on The Great Barrier Reef. Other activities include an Aboriginal cultural experience, rain forest walk, a visit to an Outback cattle station, a tour of two vet schools and chance to participate in Koala research on Magnetic Island. Students will learn from faculty members from the University of Queensland and James Cook University, experts in marine biology and Australian wildlife, and people from various Aborigine’s tribes.
Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application.
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
: Three (3) credit hours
- Students will be able to recognize and describe the characteristics of wildlife species indigenous to Australia - koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, platypus, sea turtles, salt and fresh water crocodiles, and dingos.
- Students will be able to articulate the challenges that face the Great Barrier Reef and the benefits of the "Eye on the Reef" Rapid Monitoring Program.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast equine, cattle, sheep management practices in the United States with those in Australia.
- Students will be able to explain these Aborigines items and customs – didgeridoo, ritualized scaring, Aboriginal dreamtime stories and fire-stick farming.
- Students will be able to recommend two sustainability practices used in Australia that would be appropriate to use in the United States.
- Great Barrier Reef excursion - Students will snorkel at some of the best sites on the Great Barrier Reef and preform a reef health assessment under the supervision of marine experts.
- Magnetic Island - During a visit to Magnetic Island, students sill have the opportunity to see koalas in their natural environment, visit with veterinarian Dr. Ali Bee,who owns and operates the Magnetic Island Koala Hospital, and participate in a research project to determine the number of Koalas that call Magnetic Island home.
- Aboriginal cultural experience - students will be introduced to the Aboriginal culture, heal stories from Aboriginal people that have been passed down for decades and learn how to throw a boomerang.
- Wildlife spotting/ rain forest walk - Students will have the opportunity to spot platypus and kangaroo in the wild, go on a walk with a naturalist through the rain forest, visit and interact with native species in conservation areas (sea turtles, dingos) and learn about various livestock species in Australia including Scottish Highlanders, African Watusi and camels.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive nor will all students be eligible for the listed scholarships.
Dr. Kathi Jogan