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Maymester in Australia and New Zealand


Dates: May 5 – 30, 2018

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

Application deadline: March 19 (email us if applying after this date for available spaces). Applications are first-come first-served and programs often fill before the deadline.

Costs: All students (UGA in-state, UGA out-of-state, and non-UGA) pay in-state tuition (at ~$312/credit hour). HOPE or Zell Miller apply. See Costs tab below for detailed breakdown.

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Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Outback, Sunshine Beach, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Fiordland, and Aoraki/Mount Cook

Visit two worlds in one program! This program focuses on sustainable development with electives in natural history, animal behavior, or business sustainability in both Australia and New Zealand. The Australia portion of the program includes Sydney, considered one of the world’s best places to live and play, the Great Barrier Reef (where we stay at the eco-resort of Lady Elliot Island), the vast expanse of the Outback (to explore the wildlife and indigenous art of Carnarvon Gorge), and the surfing beach town of Noosa (Sunshine Coast). Click here to watch a three minute video of the program.

The second half of the program is spent on the South Island of New Zealand, where the kiwi image of 100% Pure, Clean, and Green is arguably most evident. Known as the adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere, there are mountains rising 14,000 feet out of the sea, the largest fiords in the world, rainforests, massive glaciers carving their way to the ocean, thermal hotsprings, and volcanoes. New Zealand’s isolation has spurred the development of a unique natural heritage: Plants and animals have evolved here that are unknown anywhere else. We travel the breadth of the South Island from the deep south in Fiordlands National Park to the northern coastal town of Kaikoura.

The following sites and activities are included in the program: Snorkel (or dive) the Great Barrier Reef, hike Carnarvon Gorge and get up close with some of Australia’s unique wildlife, visit the surfing resort town of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, and several days in Sydney. In New Zealand you will have the opportunity to hike Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, visit a traditional sheep farm in the high country, cruise Fiordland National Park, stay in the remote and beautiful Doubtful Sound, visit the capital of extreme/adventure sports in Queenstown, and swim with wild dolphins in Kaikoura. There is a strong cultural emphasis throughout both program, exploring the historical and contemporary lives of the indigenous peoples of Australia (the Aborigine) and New Zealand (Maori).

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 (Ecotourism and Sustainability) (3 credits) is available. Fiji is a relatively easy and low-cost stop-over en route back to the U.S. from Australia or New Zealand and the Fiji program begins as soon as the May program ends. Email discoverabroad@uga.edu and or/download the Sample Itinerary for more information. Click here to inquire and/or apply now.

Program costs includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, supplemental health insurance, in-country ground transportation, and approximately 70-80% of meals. Tuition (HOPE/Zell applies and out-of-state and non-UGA students pay in-state rates) and airfare (see optional group rate below) are additional. The major international carriers permit a lay-over in Fiji on the return flight to the U.S. typically for minimal extra cost for those students that want to add on one of the short (8- or 13-day) Fiji programs. We also strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance for airline 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.

Download the Estimated Costs for a more detailed breakdown. The cost estimate for adding Fiji to the May program can be downloaded here.

Optional group airfares are available for each cohort are below. Please be certain to select your correct cohort color (with or without the Fiji add-on)

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Discover Abroad runs five separate Maymester cohorts to Australia and New Zealand, each with a different course emphasis. See below for cohort descriptions.

Purple Cohort: Natural History of the South Pacific

Students will take 3 credits of Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment
(ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271) and 3 credits of Natural History of the South Pacific (BIOL/FANR 3460 or 3460(H)). BIOL 1108 (or permission of instructor) is a prerequisite for BIOL/FANR 3460; please email us for details. For biology majors, this course can fulfill the organismal course requirement or count as a major elective.

Green Cohort: Animal Behavior

Students will take 3 credits of Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment
(ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271) and 3 credits of Animal Behavior (BIOL/WILD 3700). BIOL 1108 (or permission of instructor) is a prerequisite for BIOL3700; please email us for details. The course meets a major requirement for biology majors.

Yellow Cohort: Sustainable Development

Students will take 6 credits of Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment

Blue (Light and Dark) Cohorts: International Business

Students will take 3 credits of Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment
(ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271) and 3 credits of Special Topics: International Sustainable Business (INTB 5100).

Information for all cohorts

The 3000-, 4000-, and 5000-level courses are for undergraduate students and the 6000-level courses are for graduates and honors students. Any of the following course prefixes are available: ANTH (Anthropology), BIOL (Biology), ECOL (Ecology), FANR (Forestry and Natural Resources), GEOG (Geography), INTB (International Business), INTL (International Affairs), and WILD (Wildlife). Note: INTL 6271 is not offered; however honors students can instead register for INTL 4271H. FANR 4271W meets UGA Writing Certificate requirements.


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