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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Housing Options: Hostel
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $3,599
Estimated Airfare: $2799 – $3099
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)
Dates: Dec 26, 2019 – Jan 09, 2020
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

Program Description:

Experience the wonderful world of “down under” on the CCSA Australian Biology 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 latest city and home to some of the continent’s largest communities of penguins, seals, kangaroos and koalas, among whom participants will participate in a conservation service project.


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The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • Participants will reside at the Pacific Hotel in Cairns and the Travelodge Southbank in Melbourne
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals

Course(s) Offered:


Australian Ecosystems
Course Description: Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos and koalas in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef, and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems.
Prerequisite: One semester of biology
Dr. Ruth Beattie | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.