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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break-Spring 2023 10/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission 12/16/2022 01/08/2023

** 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
Academic Level(s): Graduate, Undergraduate Sponsor: University of Georgia
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: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Independent Study, Interdisciplinary, Study-Travel Classes With: UGA Students
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s) College/School: Warnell
Academic Area: Anthropology, Ecology, Forest Resources, Forestry, Geography, International Affairs Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Hotel/Hostel Adventure Sport: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Program Description:

WNT Noosa

This program has been cancelled due to border restrictions and concerns surrounding Covid-19.

UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Winter Break Australia

Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and  UGA fees)
Dates: December 16, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Spring semester (details below)
Program Acceptance: Once your application is complete, students will go through a one-round interview process, the first round in August. After interviews, students will receive an acceptance or waitlist email.  Applying by August 31 is essential to ensure you have the best chances of participating in our Winter Break Australia program. Once the program is full, you may not receive an invitation to interview and your application will subsequently be waitlisted. Post-interview decisions will be sent out late August or early September.

Please note:

  • You will also miss Winter Commencement (December 18) if you attend this program.
  • You will miss many Winter holidays while on program, and all program days are treated the same: Christmas is not a free day.
  • Grades for this program will not be released until grades are released for UGA's Spring Semester. In particular, if you are a non-UGA student, please consider this if you need these grades to graduate during the Spring semester at your home university or college.

About the program: Enjoy enjoy a few weeks of summer in Australia and avoid the start of Winter in the U.S. on this study abroad program that explores human/cultural and environment relations from a sustainable development perspective. Sustainability is a defining global issue, and over the past several decades, Australia has made critical advances in green politics, economics, lifestyle behaviors, indigenous relations, and in recognizing the nation as a multi-cultural society, to become one of the most progressive countries in the world. We focus on four distinctly different communities: Marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, eco-tourism development of the Sunshine Coast, and the urban metropolises of Sydney and Brisbane.

Program Locations

AUS_roosWe travel first to Sydney and examine urban issues in a city often touted as the number one place to live in the world. By staying in the Rocks (an historic area of early European colonization and immediately adjacent to the Opera House, Circular Quay, and the Harbor Bridge), we experience first-hand the politics of sustainable planning in Sydney. We travel to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast to explore sustainable tourism from a coastal community perspective. We then take a short flight to Lady Elliot Island (a small eco-resort in the Great Barrier Reef) for several days to study biodiversity of the marine environment. We complete the program with a few days in Brisbane before returning to the States in time for the start of Spring semester.

One of the unique features of the program is the opportunity for hands-on activity we have along the way: Snorkel (and/or dive) the Great Barrier Reef, experience Aboriginal bush life where we discover Australia’s unique marsupial fauna (including koalas and kangaroos), hike tropical rain forests, experience some of the world’s best surfing beaches, and explore city environments of Brisbane and Sydney. An integrated perspective allows us to draw upon multiple disciplines to address how we manage and sustain the diverse environments (on which we are all dependent) in a rapidly changing and global world.

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

Participants will select two 3-credit sections of the following course to be taken as part of UGA's Spring semester:

ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271 Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (FANR 4271W meets UGA Writing Certificate requirements)

That is, though the coursework will be the same for all students, one student may choose to take 3 credits of ANTH 4271 and 3 credits of INTL 4271 while another student takes 3 credits of ECOL 4271 and 3 credits of FANR 4271.

The 4000-level courses are for undergraduate students and 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), and INTL (International Affairs). (Note: INTL 4271H replaces INTL 6271.) Some post-program assignments (due during Spring Semester) will be required.

Program Itinerary

Click here for a sample itinerary. This is not the itinerary that will be used for your program, so do not expect the exact same order of events or locations.


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 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: $2,995

The program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, health insurance, in-country ground transportation, and roughly 68% 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. Non-UGA transient students pay in-state tuition rates. Out-of-state UGA students will pay in-state rates if their entire schedule consists of only study abroad courses. 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. Currently most prices are accurate as of Fall 2019/Spring 2020. These estimates will be updated as more information is available to us.


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

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Program Reviews:
Mehak Maqbool Ahmed, Winter Break-Spring 2018 Participant
There is truly no better way to learn about the world than to go see it for yourself!

Matthew John Beringer, Winter Break-Spring 2017 Participant
The academic work was directly applicable to the overall themes of the program. The hands-on, active learning was extremely enjoyable.

Winter Break-Spring 2017 Participant
Experience of a lifetime. The memories I made, the places I went, and the friends I made far outweigh the costs of this trip.

I highly recommend, it was by far the greatest adventure of my life.
     — Thomas Peters, Winter Break-Spring 2018
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