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  • Locations: Atherton, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Chillagoe, Australia; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Hidden Valley, Australia; Mission Beach, Australia; North Queensland, New Zealand; Port Douglas, Australia; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Entomology, Environment and Natural Resources, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, Human Dimensions of Environment, International Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1, Summer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Environment and Natural Resources
Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Research Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Kelly A. Newlon
Program Description:
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Program Australia Sustainability tab 1

This 3 week experiential program explores the relationship between human and natural systems through the lens of environmental sustainability. 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 tropical rainforests, dry woodlands, arid deserts, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

Students spend much 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 at an off-the-grid, family operated accommodation called Hidden Valley.  During our time at Hidden Valley, we will make excursions to the Wet Tropics rainforest, Wallaman Falls, and Running River Gorge.  Following Hidden Valley, we will visit the outback and tour a cave at Chillagoe, partake in a farmstay in the Atherton tablelands, and camp on a private nature reserve, Sheoak Ridge.  The final week of the program includes two days identifying coral and fish species on the Great Barrier Reef, a tour of a sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, and a reef restoration activity on Fitzroy Island.  Throughout the program, we will explore the relationship humans have with the natural world around them, the significance of indigenous cultures, and the future of environmental sustainability in Australia.


This education abroad experience includes an introduction to the tremendous biodiversity found within the state of Queensland, Australia.  Students will spend the majority of their time in North Queensland between Townsville and Cairns.  Students will explore multiple World Heritage sites including the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.  For two nights, students will stay in the Atherton Tablelands with an Australian family.  Students will also travel to the small town of Chillagoe where they will learn about mining and participate in cave tours and hikes.   A two night camp-out will take place at Sheok Ridge in Mount Molloy.  Time will be spent in Port Douglas and on Fitzroy Island where students will learn about reef ecology and marine life.  The program concludes in Cairns.


Students will stay in shared accommodations and generally have access to refrigerators and cooking supplies throughout the program. The program includes a two night home-stay with families on the Atherton Tablelands and two nights in tents at Shoaek Ridge.

Resident Directors

Dr Brian Slater
School of Environment and Natural Resources

Ohio State Program Contact

Kelly Newlon
Director, CFAES Center for Education Abroad and Office of International Affairs

Amanda Laser
Advisor, ENR Education Abroad & Scholars




Courses and Credit Australia Sustainability tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of Environment and Natural Resources 5797.01 during the summer term- 4W1. They will also be required to attend one all-day Saturday pre-departure seminar in March from 8:00am-5:00pm on campus.




Application Requirement Australia Sustainability tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.75 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Australia Sustainability tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4430 program fee. The program fee includes lodging, in-country transportation, admission to site visits, snorkel gear during official itinerary trips to the Great Barrier Reef, a homestay, camping in the outback, and some meals. It does not cover three credit hours of tuition, international airfare, baggage fees (if applicable), some meals, free day activities, passports and visas.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions Australia Sustainability tab 5

All information sessions for the 2019 program have been completed.  For additional information contact Amanda Laser by calling 614-292-2265.


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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The most valuable experience of this trip was visiting the Great Barrier Reef and learning about the efforts that go into protecting it. 
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/15/2019
01/22/2019 05/08/2019 06/15/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.