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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Sponsor: The University of Georgia Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Study-Travel
Classes With: International Students, Local Students, U.S. Students, UGA Students Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: Warnell Academic Area: Anthropology, Ecology, Forestry, Geography, International Affairs
Language Program: No 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
Adventure Sport: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.


UGA- Warnell- Discover Abroad: Summer Australia: Global Health

Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: June 9 – July 4, 2020
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: April 15, 2020 — But admissions are rolling and the program typically fills in January, so apply now!

Please note: This program can be combined with the Fiji: Ecotourism and Sustainability program. The dates listed above are for students leaving the US. Crossing the international dateline will cause students to arrive on June 11, which is the first day of classes for the program. Students who participate in the Fiji program will depart Fiji on June 10, stay one night in Sydney, and be ready for the program to begin on June 11 when the rest of the group arrives. Group flights will be arranged if enough students are combining the two programs, otherwise, students will have to purchase their own tickets. The group flight travel agency can assist you as needed, even if you are not booking the group flight.

Human health and environmental sustainability are inextricably interwoven with each other, and also with the cultural practices and understandings in which they are embedded. The ways in which we communicate about health — from public health campaigns about driver safety or second-hand smoke to climate change actions or indigenous medicinal plants — likewise interact with culture and environment. Australia’s Sydney and Far Northeast Queensland offer ideal laboratories for comparing and contrasting cultures (notably Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders, and western) and environments (Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and Outback) to understand the relation between sustainability and public health.

Program Location

snorkelingWe begin the program with a few days in Sydney, considered one of the world’s best cities to live and play, taking classes and local field trips with UGA faculty and Australian experts, and visiting iconic places such as the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. From Sydney we travel to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, where we explore Western approaches to health from cultural, economic, and environmental perspectives. We then travel to the rainforest, and the Atherton Tablelands to investigate Aboriginal perspectives to sustaining healthy communities and environments.
In addition to exploring national parks and cultural centers, we visit several Aboriginal communities and spend most of our time in the field. Activities include immersing ourselves in the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef (to understand the effects of climate change and pollution on the coral reef system and to better understand climate change as a public health issue), experiencing the cultural and natural wonders of Cape Tribulation and the spectacular sunrise and sunset colors of the Outback, as well as traversing the urban center of the north, Cairns and metropolis of the world’s favorite city to visit, Sydney.

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

Select any two 3-credit courses from the following; for example, you can take 3 credits of ANTH4271 and 3 credits of INTL4271 or GEOG4271 and FANR4271:

  • ANTH/ECOL/FANR/GEOG/INTL 4271/6271 - Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (FANR 4271W meets UGA Writing Certificate requirements) (3 course credits) 

Note that though this is the same course offered on Maymester programs (and other programs through Discover Abroad), the focus of this particular version of the course will be on Global Health issues, paying particular attention to those facing Australians and the indigenous populations of Australia at this time.

The 4000- and 5000-level courses are for undergraduate students and 6000-level courses are for graduates 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.)

Program Itinerary

Click here for sample itinerary. 


Students stay in a variety of accommodations on this program, ranging from condos and hotels to permanent tents (in the Outback), as well as a homestay. You will be rooming with other students on the program. Approximately 65% of meals are provided. In remote locations like the Great Barrier Reef, all meals are provided, and fewer meals are provided in cities, such as Sydney and Cairns.

Program Costs

Program Fee: $2,995

Program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground/sea transportation, and 70% of meals. The program fee does not include airfare, UGA (Summer) 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 for registered 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.

Special Accommodations

Please provide information about your accommodation (e.g., disability) needs by email to at least 8 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.

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Program Reviews:
Breanna E Horton, Summer 2019 Participant
The study abroad is fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! If you can, ask someone who as been on this study abroad about the program... that way you'll get all the information you need to feel prepared and comfortable. There is a 100% chance you'll at least enjoy some part of this trip if not everything!

Breanna E Horton, Summer 2019 Participant
Be friendly. Be adventurous. And be prepared for the experience of a lifetime in some of the most amazing locations on Earth with about 30 new best friends.

Nicole Marie Googe, Summer 2018 Participant
Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Traveling through Australia with a group of strangers that became some of my best friends was incredible. SCUBA-diving in the Great Barrier Reef and looking around and seeing my best friends is something I will never forget, but it was surrounded with hundreds of tiny moments throughout the trip that made it a truly unforgettable and amazing experience.

I highly recommend this study abroad. Don't assume that you need to be in a major related to global health... this study abroad can be for anyone as long as you have an interest in learning something new about a culture you don't identify with. Go to the study abroad fairs or ask someone you know who has been on the Summer Australia study abroad. They'll tell you the ins and outs of the program. Also be willing to step out of your comfort zone! There are so many amazing places to go, people to meet, and things to do in Australia so grab some friends/classmates and explore!
     — Breanna Horton, Summer 2019
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