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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Cape Tribulation, Australia; Dimbulah, Australia; Port Douglas, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer (June-July)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/09/2019 07/04/2019

** 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:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: The University of Georgia
Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Study-Travel Classes With: International Students, Local Students, U.S. Students, UGA Students
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s) Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
College/School: Warnell Academic Area: Anthropology, Ecology, Forestry, Geography, International Affairs
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Adventure Sport: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Program Description:


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

Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: June 9 – July 4, 2019
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: April 15, 2019 — But admissions are rolling, 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, the Outback, 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 FDNS5710 and 3 credits of INTL 4271 or FDNS5710 and ANTH4271:

  • FDNS5710 - Study Abroad in Foods and Nutrition: Nutrition and Health (3 course credits)
  • 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), FDNS (Food and Nutrition Science), 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. Approximately 70% of meals are provided. In remote locations like the Outback and 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:
Summer 2016 Participant
Through this program, we had the opportunity to visit all parts of Australia, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback to large cities such as Sydney; we also had the opportunity to learn about a wide range of disciplines, such as Aboriginal culture, public health, and environmental science. Having these varieties made me feel like I was really able to see all parts of Australia from different points of view, and going on this program was one of the best experiences of my life.

Summer 2017 Participant
"This trip can be eye opening if you allow yourself to be attentive, and become interested in what people have to say. This trip makes you realize how connected the whole globe is and although you feel small your actions can have a huge impact."

Abigail Marie Gill, Summer 2017 Participant
My trip to Australia was one of the most rewarding experiences that I've had since I came to college, and even before that. I recommend it to anyone thinking about traveling there because I definitely got more out of my trip by having classwork than I would have if I had just taken a vacation there. It was a great way to be submerged in the culture and give meaning to the trip, and I picture life in a different and better way now.

Getting out of my bubble and truly seeing the world impacted me tremendously. I realized that people from other countries are just like us: hungry, loving, ambitious, and that you can identify with every person you meet abroad. The world is falling apart in front of us, and maybe if everyone took some time to identify with others and think past their own existence we could fix that.
     — Wesley Jones, Summer 2016
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