This 3.5-week experiential program uses the theme of sustainable development to explore the relationship between people and their natural environment. North Queensland boasts some of the most diverse and remarkable natural resources in the southern hemisphere. Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland is home to lush green rainforests, the remote Outback, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.
Students spend about 70% of their time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines and islands of North Queensland under the guidance of knowledgeable field professionals. We spend the first week on Magnetic Island, just offshore from the city of Townsville, with lectures by experts from prestigious institutions such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, University of Queensland, James Cook University and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. This is followed by a 2.5-week field study of North Queensland. A typical itinerary includes snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking and wildlife viewing in the rainforest, kayaking, experiencing Aboriginal culture and camping in the Outback.
This study abroad experience takes place in the state of Queensland, Australia and includes an introduction to the Great Barrier Reef on Magnetic Island, ethnographic study of agriculture lifestyles in Malanda, mining and farming in Tyrconnell, a service project and habitat exploration in Yungaburra, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas, and rainforest exploration near Mission Beach.
Students will stay in shared accommodations and generally have access to refrigerators and cooking supplies throughout the program. The program includes a short home-stay with families on the Atherton Tablelands and two nights in permanent tents with shared bathroom facilities in the outback.
Dr. Brian Slater
Associate Director and Associate Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
Education Abroad Coordinator
Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours each of Environment and Natural Resources 5797.01 and 5797.02 during the summer term- 4W1. They will also be required to attend one all-day Saturday pre-departure seminar on March 3, 2018 from 8:00am-5:00pm on campus.