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  • Locations: Deep Cove, New Zealand; Lady Elliot Island, Australia; Noosa, Australia
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2021 06/09/2021

** 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
Sponsor: UGA 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, Interdisciplinary, Study-Travel
Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: Warnell Academic Area: Animal Science, Anthropology, Biology, 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: Yes
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Hotel/Hostel, Shared Apartment
Adventure Sport: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Program Description:

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UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Maymester Australia and New Zealand: Animal Behavior (Green) 2021

Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: May 15 – June 9, 2021
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
First Application Review Day: September 30th, 2020 (this means that applications will not be reviewed prior to this date)
Final Application deadline: March 19, 2021 — But admissions are rolling for the Green Cohort, and the program typically fills in October, so apply now!

Visit two worlds in one program! This program focuses on sustainable development in both Australia and New Zealand with an emphasis on animal behavior. Credits are available in Biology and other areas.

Program Location

mtnsThe Australia portion of the program includes Sydney, considered one of the world's best places to live and play, the Great Barrier Reef, the vast expanse of the Everglades in Noosa.

The other half of the program is spent on the South Island of New Zealand, where the image of 100% Pure, Clean, and Green is arguably most evident. Known as the adventure capital of the world, there are mountains rising 14,000 feet out of the sea, the largest fiords in the world, rainforests, massive glaciers carving their way to the ocean, thermal hotsprings, and volcanoes. New Zealand's isolation has spurred the development of a unique natural heritage: Plants and animals have evolved here that are unknown anywhere else. We travel the breadth of the South Island from the Deep South in Fiordlands National Park to the northern coastal town of Kaikoura.

The following sites and activities are included in the program: Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, hike the Noosa Everglades, get up close with some of Australia's unique wildlife, and several days in the cities of Sydney and Noosa. In New Zealand you will have the opportunity to hike Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, visit a traditional sheep farm in the high country, cruise Fiordland National Park, stay in the remote and beautiful Doubtful Sound, visit the capital of extreme/adventure sports in Queenstown, and swim with wild dolphins in Kaikoura. There is a strong cultural emphasis throughout both countries, exploring the historical and contemporary lives of the indigenous peoples of Australia (the Aborigine) and New Zealand (Maori).

Discover Abroad runs five separate Maymester cohorts to Australia and New Zealand. Explore all of the options by clicking here. All Maymester programs have the option of adding on the Fiji: Ecotourism and Sustainability program directly following the conclusion of their cohort. If interested, you must submit a separate application for the add-on program using the links above.

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

turtleParticipants will select one course from the following list of courses for 3 credits:

AND students will take the following course for 3 credits: 

  • Animal Behavior (BIOL3700(Note: BIOL1108 is a required prerequisite for this course)

That is, though the coursework will be the same for all students, one student may choose to receive credit for ANTH 4271 and BIOL 3700 while another student receives credit for ECOL 4271 and BIOL 3700.

The 3000- and 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), BIOL (Biology), 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. 

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in a variety of locations on this program, ranging from eco resorts and condos to permanent tents in the Great Barrier Reef. Note that approximately 65% of meals are provided (be sure to bring a bit of extra spending money for this!). In remote locations like Great Barrier Reef and Doubtful Sound, all meals are provided and fewer meals are provided in cities, such as Sydney and Noosa. Most breakfast and lunches are covered, with several dinners being on your own for a chance to explore the city!

Program Costs 

Program fee: $2,995

The program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, health insurance, in-country ground transportation, and roughly 65% 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 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.


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:
Maymester 2016 Participant
Discover Abroad in Australia and New Zealand is a unique learning experience because it pairs captivating landscapes with interesting related information that actually sticks to your brain.

Maymester 2018 Participant
GO ABROAD. You will not have this opportunity again!!

Samira Chandrahas Dani, Maymester 2017 Participant
My expectations were blown away by this trip. It was definitely one of the best trips I have ever been on in my life so far, and it was life-changing.

I found it important to conserve energy and resources. I now see how important it is to know all the possible ramifications of our actions.
     — Shauna Bailey, Maymester 2017
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