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Dates: June 5 – 30, 2018 (departure date from the U.S. is June 5; departure date from Fiji is June 6)

Credits: 6 credits (a wide variety of courses is available) and open to all majors (no pre-requisites) and all students (incl. out-of-state and non-UGA) pay in-state tuition.

Application deadline: April 15 (email us if applying after this date for available spaces).

Costs: All students (UGA in-state, UGA out-of-state, and non-UGA) pay in-state tuition (at ~$318/credit hour for May/Summer and variable for Winter/Spring programs). HOPE or Zell Miller apply. Program fees exclude tuition and UGA fees, airfare (optional group rate usually available), some meals (varies by program), course book, and personal spending.

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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 discoverabroad@uga.edu and or/download the sample itinerary for more information. Click here to inquire and/or apply now.

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 (Click here for optional group rate, departing and returning to Los Angeles) are additional. (Students who are participating in both the Fiji and Australia programs will need to contact the Discover Abroad office for flight options.) We also strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance for these tickets.

Out-of-state students will receive an out-of-state tuition waiver (i.e. tuition for participation will be charged at the in-state level) for study abroad courses.

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Select FDNS 5710 plus any  one 3-credit 4271 course (for example you can take 3 credits of FDNS 5710 and 3 credits of INTL 4271, or 3 credits of FDNS 5710 and 3 credits of FANR 4271)

Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271) 3 credits (FANR 4271W meets UGA Writing Certificate requirements)

Study Abroad in Foods and Nutrition: Nutrition and Health (FDNS 5710) 3 credits (syllabus forthcoming)


The 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), ECOL (Ecology), FANR (Forestry and Natural Resources), FDNS (Foods and Nutrition), GEOG (Geography), and INTL (International Affairs). (Note: INTL 6271 is not offered; however honors students can instead register for INTL 4271H.)


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