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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
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel 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
Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1, Summer Academic Credit: Environment and Natural Resources
Program Features: Research Education Abroad Coordinator: Kelly A. Newlon
Program Description:
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Program Australia Sustainability tab 1

This program is scheduled to be offered again in May 2019.  

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 the outback, 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.

Resident Directors

Dr Brian Slater
School of Environment and Natural Resources

Education Abroad Coordinator

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

Wednesday, November 7
5:30 - 6:30pm
Scott Lab E0125


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.



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 05/31/2019