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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Program Details:

Application Fee: $150 if paid by September 15, 2017, $250 thereafter. 
Program Base Price: $3,399
Estimated Airfare: $2,600 - $2,800
Dates: December 26, 2017 - January 9, 2018
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

APSU Requirements:
APSU Application Fee: $30 (will be billed to student's account)
(APSU students need to complete CCSA and APSU study abroad applications)
APSU Tuition: $777 (3 credits hours. Tuition will increase in July, 2017)
(APSU students need to pay tuition in order to receive credit for the class)
Study Abroad Scholarships and Travel Grants 


Rainbow Lorikeet

Program Description:

Experience the wonderful world of “down under” on the CCSA Australian Ecosystems Program and help to preserve habitat for one of its most unusual species: the koala. On this smallest, most temperate of continents, where flora and fauna are both diverse and unique, and native Aboriginal culture blends European with Asian, participants can explore the richness of a world apart. Join CCSA and snorkel World Heritage reefs; trek through rain forests near tropical Cairns; discover the museums, gardens and parks around metropolitan Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city and home to some of the continent’s largest communities of penguins, seals, kangaroos and koalas; and participate in a conservation service project.

Program base price includes group flight from Cairns to Melbourne.

The price of this CCSA program includes:

  • accommodations in en suite twin rooms at the Palm Royal Hotel in Cairns and the Travelodge Southbank Hotel in Melbourne
  • local transport pass in Melbourne
  • All required program excursions
  • Course-related activities and entrances
  • Ground transportation for course activities
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Flight from Cairns to Melbourne
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Group Travel:

GROUP TRAVEL CCSA is required at additional cost and includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Cincinnati, OH (CVG Airport) to Australia; round-trip air transportation from other cities MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis (additional costs may be incurred).
  • Round trip shuttle service between the destination/departure airport(s) and the accommodation sites.
Travel with friends and other participants on this program as a group all the way to your destination! If this is your first time abroad (or even flying!) we highly recommend you travel as part of the group. Round-trip air transportation from cities other than CCSA-designated airports may be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.


Course(s) Offered:


Australian Animal Behavior

Start the New Year in the land down under studying the behavior of the wide variety of animals found there. This course allows you to study animal behavior and welfare in tropical Cairns, Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria. Learn about basic animal behavior and how to evaluate animal welfare online prior to departure. In Australia you can observe the impact that humans have had on domestic and wild animals in places as unique as the Great Barrier Reef and Phillip Island. Learn about crocodile farming and observe koalas and kangaroos in the wild. Includes several class-specific activities plus day trips to such locations as the Australian Equine Behavior Centre, the Melbourne Zoo and The University of Melbourne’s Veterinary Science department.


Australian Ecosystems

Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests on Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 11/23/2018 12/03/2018 TBA TBA