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Winter Break
in Australia


Dates: December 13, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Credits: 6 credits (a wide variety of courses is available), register for Spring Semester, and open to all majors (no pre-requisites) and all students (including out-of-state and non-UGA).

Application deadline: October 15 (email us if applying after this date for available spaces). Applications are first-come first-served and programs often fill before the deadline.

Costs: UGA in-state and non-UGA students pay in-state tuition (variable for UGA out-of-state). Winter tuition costs included as part of Spring tuition. HOPE or Zell Miller apply. See Costs tab below for detailed breakdown.

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Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Outback, Tropical Rainforest, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane

Avoid mid-Winter in the U.S. and enjoy a few weeks of summer in Australia on this study abroad program that explores human/cultural and environment relations from a sustainable development perspective. Sustainability is a defining global issue and, over the past several decades, Australia has made critical advances in green politics, economics and lifestyle behaviors, as well as in indigenous relations and in recognising the nation as a multi-cultural society, to become one of the most progressive countries in the world. We focus on four distinctly different communities: Marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, Aboriginal culture in the Outback, eco-tourism development of the Sunshine Coast, and the urban metropolises of Sydney and Brisbane.

We travel first to Sydney and examine urban issues in a city often touted as the number one place to live in the world. By staying in the Rocks (an historic area of early European colonisation and immediately adjacent to the Opera House, Circular Quay, and the Harbor Bridge), we experience first-hand the politics of sustainable planning in Sydney. After a short flight to Brisbane, we then travel by coach to the Outback and a region of the country with cultural and natural evidence of the world’s longest living continual human habitation, the Aborigines. Afterwards, we travel to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast to explore sustainable tourism from a coastal community perspective. We then take a short flight to Lady Elliot Island (a small eco-resort in the Great Barrier Reef) for several days to study biodiversity of the marine environment. We complete the program with a few days in Brisbane before returning to the States in time for the start of the Spring semester.

One of the unique features of the program is the activities and hands-on opportunities we have along the way: Snorkel (and/or dive) the Great Barrier Reef, experience Aboriginal bush life where we discover Australia’s unique marsupial fauna (including koalas and kangaroos), hike tropical rain forests, experience some of the world’s best surfing beaches, and explore city environments of Brisbane and Sydney. An integrated perspective allows us to draw upon multiple disciplines to address how we manage and sustain the diverse environments (on which we are all dependent) in a rapidly changing and global world.

The program is open to all students from UGA and from other institutions and no prior knowledge is assumed. Email discoverabroad@uga.edu and/or download the sample itinerary for more information. Click here to inquire and/or apply now. (Note: Students depart after the last day of UGA finals and return to the U.S. on January 7 before classes begin on January 9.)

Program cost includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, ground transportation, and approximately 70-80% of meals. Tuition (HOPE applies and out-of-state or non-UGA students pay in-state tuition) and airfare (TBA for optional group rate, departing and returning to Los Angeles) are additional. We also strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance for airline tickets.

For UGA students (in-state and out-of-state) tuition for this program is included as part of Spring Semester (and tuition costs are the same regardless of whether you register for 7 or more credits in Spring; however, registering for more than 17 credits requires approval from your academic dean). 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) if they are registered only for study abroad courses. Contact Discover Abroad for more information.

Download the Estimated Costs for a more detailed breakdown.

Select any two 3-credit courses from the following (for example, you can take ANTH 4271 and ECOL 4271 each for 3 credits or INTL 4271 and GEOG 4271 for 3 credits each or ANTH 4271 twice for 3 credits each):

* Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271) 3-6 credits (FANR 4271W meets UGA Writing Certificate requirements)

The 4000 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), GEOG (Geography), and INTL (International Affairs). (Note: INTL 4271H replaces INTL6271.) Some post-program assignments (due during Spring Semester) are required.


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