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  • Locations: Carnarvon Gorge, Australia; Christchurch, New Zealand; Deep Cove, New Zealand; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Lady Elliot Island, Australia; Noosa, Australia; Queensland, Australia; Queenstown, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2018 03/19/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/05/2018 05/30/2018

** 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: UGA
Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Interdisciplinary, Study-Travel Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence, Hotel/Hostel, Shared Apartment Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
College/School: Warnell Academic Area: Animal Science, Anthropology, Biology, 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: 21-40 students
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Adventure Sport: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Program Description:

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UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Maymester Australia and New Zealand: Animal Behavior (Green) 2018

Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: May 5 – May 30, 2018
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: March 19, 2018 — But admissions are rolling, 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 Outback, and the beach town of 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 Carnarvon Gorge, 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
Email: discoverabroad@uga.edu

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 

Students will stay in a variety of locations on this program, ranging from eco resorts and condos to permanent tents in the Outback. Approximately 80% 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 Noosa.

Program Costs 

Program fee: $2,995

The program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, health insurance, in-country ground transportation, and roughly 80% 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.

Accommodations

Please provide information about your accommodation needs by email to discoverabroad@uga.edu at least 6 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.



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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
This was the best decision of my life. I spent two years saving money for this trip and it was worth every penny. The experiences I was able to experience would not be available in any other situation other than this program.

Katayon Yadegari, Maymester 2017 Participant
This really was the experience of a lifetime-from the Great Barrier Reef, to the Fiordlands, to bungee jumping in New Zealand, to the Outback, to exploring Sydney- there were so many firsts and so many bucket list items to live out!

Testimonial:
I know that some of the places we visited I will probably never get to see again, and that I had the opportunity to not just look at these places but really learn about them.
     — Karly Garnto, Maymester 2016
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