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  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: UGA
Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, 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: Anthropology, Biological Science, Biology, Ecology, Forest Resources, 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: Natural History of the South Pacific (Purple) 2018

Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: May 9 – June 3, 2019
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
First Application Review Day: August 31, 2018 (this means that applications will not be reviewed before this date)
Application deadline: March 19, 2019 — 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

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: 

That is, though the coursework will be the same for all students, one student may choose to take ANTH 4271 and BIOL 3460 while another student takes ECOL 4271 and BIOL 3460H.

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. 


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.


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 2017 Participant
This trip opened my eyes to the perpetual beauty of our planet and cultivated new passions inside of me. Truly a chance of a lifetime. I will forever remember this trip, the experiences we had, the places we went, and the things we learned!

Shannon Michele O'Reilly, Maymester 2016 Participant
This program was truly the trip of a lifetime. The places we saw were so unbelievably beautiful that the trip sometimes felt unreal. I wish I could go again.

Brinkley Ann Margaretha Bray, Maymester 2016 Participant
What an incredible experience with so many 'firsts!' From SCUBA diving in the Great Barrier reef among sea turtles and manta rays, to staying in the Outback with Kangaroos and Wallabies hopping around the campsite, to swimming with dolphins in the wild, this study abroad program was the best way to be able to do all of these things and learn so much about the history and wildlife of Australia and New Zealand!

It just changed my perspective and gave me the desire to travel and change my lifestyle. It helped me learn a lot about myself and helped me find new passions and opened my eyes to the world around me. Until you travel around the world, it is impossible to grasp how big and special of a place it truly is.
     — Jordan Einstein, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.