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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Deep Cove, New Zealand; Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, HI, United States; Hilo, HI, United States; Honolulu, HI, United States; Kailua-Kona, HI, United States; Kauai, HI, United States; Lady Elliot Island, Australia; Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji; Naiseuseu Village, Beqa Island, Fiji; Noosa, Australia; Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu, Fiji; Queenstown, New Zealand; Soso, Naviti Island, Fiji; Wellington, New Zealand;
  • Program Terms: Spring
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 11/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 02/21/2021 05/02/2021
Spring 2022 11/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Instruction: Fieldwork/Research, Independent Study Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s) College/School: Warnell
Academic Area: Anthropology, Ecology, Geology, International Affairs Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 13
Maximum number of credit hours: 17 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Homestay, Host Family, Hotel/Hostel, Shared Apartment
Adventure Sport: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Program Description:


UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Spring Semester Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii

Program Fee: $6,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and UGA fees)
Dates: February 21, 2021 – May 2, 2021
Credits: 13 - 17 credit hours during UGA's Spring semester (see below)
Application deadline: November 15, 2019 — But the program will fill before this deadline, so apply now!
Application Process: The application is rolling, however, you may be asked to participate in a discussion with an office staff member either over the phone or in person to discuss the unique nature of our program and to answer any questions you might have. You must complete this step before you are accepted to the program. 

Avoid winter in the U.S. and enjoy the South Pacific summer in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawai'i. Our Spring Semester program provides credits in university upper-level courses in Anthropology, Environmental Issues, Human Geography, and International Affairs with optional courses in Natural Resource/Tourism and Physical Education.

Program Locations


We begin in Hawai'i, one of the world's must-see places and the most remote island chain on Earth that is long synonymous with exoticism and paradise. We will discover the reason for this beauty and remoteness and the source of the lush diversity and colorful beaches... active volcanoes. This part of the program explores the spirituality, biogeography, culture, and geology of Hawai'i with particular emphasis on sustainable development and anthropology. The program is based in Kona with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We will hike the crater and watch nighttime coastal lava flow – one of the very few places in the world to see such a spectacle! Black, green, and golden beaches are scattered throughout the big island, including Hapuna Beach, considered one of the world's best beaches. There will be opportunities to snorkel in Kealakekua Bay, site of Captain Cook's demise, and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, the historic and cultural place of refuge for Hawaiians. We also visit Mauna Kea, the world's largest mountain at close to 30,000 feet from sea level, arriving at the crater summit to view a sunset from a spectacular vista, and spend the evening star gazing from arguably one of the best places on the planet. Throughout the program we will explore the sustainability of alternative energy sources including wind, ocean thermal, and wave action, in addition to understanding the global context of volcanism and coastal geology.

New ZealandNew Zealand: North and South Islands

From Hawai'i we travel to the adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere, Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand. This part of the program focuses on environmental issues ands explores in-depth the New Zealand image of 100% Pure, Clean, and Green. New Zealand is renowned for mountains that rise 14,000 feet out of the sea, the largest fiords in the world, rainforests, kiwi birds, massive glaciers carving their way to the ocean, active volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glowworm caves, and vast expanses of South Pacific beaches and reefs. It is also the most recently colonized country in the world, with evidence of the indigenous Maori arriving less than 1,000 years ago. Our field program includes swimming with wild dolphins, hiking Tongariro National Park (considered the world's best one-day walk) and the valleys of Mount Cook, a boat cruise in Doubtful Sound, and visiting high country landscapes and settings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The New Zealand program concludes in the capital city of Wellington on the North Island with a Spring Break during which time students can explore other destinations throughout the South Pacific such as the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Samoa, and Western or South Australia. Typically, students make plans for their Spring Break while in Australia or New Zealand.



After Spring Break, we meet up again in Sydney, considered one of the world's best cities to live and play. This part of the program focuses on the human geography and colonization of Terra Nullius, the Great Unknown continent. After several days in Sydney we head to Brisbane in the Sunshine State of Queensland, home to the Outback and Aboriginal communities, lush tropical rainforest, golden beaches, and the marine diversity of the stunning Great Barrier Reef. After a few days in the modern, sophisticated city of Brisbane we then head out of town for extended travel on field trips. We fly to, and stay on, an eco-resort on Lady Elliot Island, an isolated cay on the Great Barrier Reef. After several days on the reef, we then visit the surfing communities, beaches and parks of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. 


For the final 8 days of the program we are in Fiji. Fiji is an exotic, tropical and fascinating country with unique cultural traditions and diverse environments including highland jungle, coastline, islands, reefs, and remote villages. We will explore the various ways in which culture has impacted these environments. We then travel to the remote offshore islands in the Yasawas to learn first-hand about traditional Fijian village small island life, traditions, subsistence and maritime knowledge, and also explore coral reefs and wildlife. During our time in Fiji there will also be opportunities for other activities such as snorkeling, a boating trip, and overnight homestays in a traditional Fijian village where we participate in traditional celebrations.

Contact Information

Discover Abroad
Room 102, Warnell Building Four
180 East Green Street
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2152
Phone: 706-542-9713

Academic Program

The Discover Abroad Spring semester-long program offers 13-14 credit hours, with minimal prerequisites and is open to all majors. The upper-level courses offered on the program can potentially meet major requirements across several degrees: please check with your academic advisor for specifics. Transient (non-UGA) students are welcomed and pay in-state tuition. Credit is available at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the following courses:

  • Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ANTH 4271/6271) 3 credits
  • Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ECOL 4271/6271) 4 credits
  • Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (GEOG 4271/6271) 3 credits
  • Comparative Politics (INTL 3300) 3 credits (prerequisite of INTL1100, POLS1101 or permission of instructor)
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities (PEDB 1090) 1 credit. This course is optional.  

The 3000- and 4000-level courses are for undergraduate students and the 6000-level courses are for graduate and honors students. Any of the following course prefixes can be selected: ANTH (Anthropology), ECOL (Ecology), FANR (Forestry and Natural Resources), GEOG (Geography), INTL (International Affairs), and PEDB (Physical Education). Note: INTL 6271 is offered in place of INTL 4271H (for honors students only).

Program Itinerary

Click here for a sample itinerary. This is not the itinerary that you will be using on the program. Order of events and locations may vary. Do not make any plans based on the timing of this itinerary.


Students will stay in a variety of types of lodging on this travel-based program, ranging from eco-resorts to condos to permanent raised tents. Approximately 65% of meals are provided overall. In remote locations like Doubtful Sounds and the Great Barrier Reef, all meals are provided, while fewer meals are provided in cities, such as Sydney and Brisbane to give participants the opportunity to explore a new urban setting.

Program Costs

Program fee: $6,995

The program fee includes all accommodations (outside of a 1 week spring break held in the middle of the program), field excursions, cultural events, health insurance, in-country ground transportation, and roughly 80% of meals. The program fee does not include airfare, UGA (Spring) tuition, or UGA fees. For Georgia residents attending a Georgia school, HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to tuition costs as you would normally expect. Out-of-state UGA students and non-UGA transient students pay in-state tuition rates if all Spring semester courses are for study abroad. Please refer to the UGA Bursar's website for the most up to date tuition and fees.

Participants should also take into consideration personal spending money and other expenses like trip cancellation insurance for airfare tickets, which we strongly encourage.

A detailed estimate of costs is available here. This estimate is based on Fall 2019/Spring 2020 and will be updated as more information is available.


Please provide information about your accommodation needs by email at least 6 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations. 

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Program Reviews:
Madeline Sara Wassermann, Spring 2018 Participant
This study abroad changed my life. Not only did it give me the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, but it also made me reflect on myself and how to be a sustainable and better citizen of the world.

Spring 2018 Participant
This program allows you to meet amazing people, experience once in a lifetime adventures and make memories you'll never forget.

Spring 2020 Participant
I wish that everyone I know could experience this trip of a lifetime!

Do it! If you love the outdoors, new places, traveling, and you're adventurous I really doubt there is a better program than this one. Do it! And do the semester because you're going to want to stay forever.
     — Kyle Drenner, Spring 2017
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