UGA Study Abroad Australia Far Northeast Queensland: Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Rainforest, Outback
Human health and environmental sustainability are inextricably interwoven with each other, and also with the cultural practices and understandings in which they are embedded. The ways in which we communicate about health — from public health campaigns about smoking and alcohol use, to climate change actions or to birthing rituals conducted by indigenous healers — likewise interact with culture and environment. Australia’s Sydney and Far Northeast Queensland offer ideal laboratories for comparing and contrasting cultures (notably Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders, and western) and environments (Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and Outback) to understand the relation between sustainability and public health.
We begin the program with a few 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, and visiting iconic places such as the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. From Sydney we travel to Far Northeast Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, where we explore Western approaches to health from cultural, economic, and environmental perspectives. We then travel to the rainforest and to the Outback to investigate Aboriginal perspectives to sustaining healthy communities and environments.
In addition to exploring national parks and cultural centers, we visit several Aboriginal communities and spend most of our time in the field. Activities include immersing ourselves in the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef (to understand the effects of climate change and pollution on the coral reef system and to better understand climate change as a public health issue), experiencing the cultural and natural wonders of Cape Tribulation and the spectacular sunrise and sunset colors of the Outback, as well as traversing the urban center of the north, Cairns and metropolis of the world’s favorite city to visit, Sydney.
The program is open to all students from UGA and from other universities and colleges (non-UGA students pay in-state tuition), and no prior knowledge is assumed. An optional (3 credits) add-on 8-day program in Fiji in early June is available immediately prior to the start of this program for students who would like to do both Fiji and Australia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and or/download the sample itinerary for more information. Click here to inquire and/or apply now.