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  • Locations: Aoraki, New Zealand; Deep Cove, New Zealand; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Lady Elliot Island, Australia; Noosa, Australia; Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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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: 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: 21-40 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: Maymester Australia and New Zealand: Sustainable Development (Yellow) 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 Date: August 31, 2018 -This means that applications will not be reviewed prior to this date
Application deadline: March 19, 2019 but our programs tend to fill quickly, 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 many 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 two 3 credit hour sections of the following course:

That is, though the coursework will be the same for all students, one student may choose to take ANTH 4271 and ECOL4271 while another student takes ECOL 4271 and INTL4271.

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), 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:
Emily Lara Gronlund, Maymester 2017 Participant
"Breathtaking, awe-inspiring, life-changing, eye-opening! Discover Abroad expanded my worldview and knowledge on sustainable issues across the globe! It is truly an experience of a lifetime!"

Maymester 2016 Participant
The vast array of different landscapes was fantastic. I felt like we saw so much of two wonderful countries for only being there three and a half weeks. I also am forever grateful for such brilliant field guides. I think the most amazing and important part of their participation is their locality - each knew the specific locations and issues so well.

Emily Lara Gronlund, Maymester 2017 Participant
Prepare yourself for late nights, early mornings, lots of physical activity, and little or no access to phone service or wifi! This program is so incredibly worth it and it's great to be disconnected from the virtual world for a while so you can really pay attention to the world around you! That being said, choose a different trip if you can't handle being outside in all weather conditions for most of the day and not having reliable access to your phone! But I highly recommend this program for any all adventurous, outdoorsy types wanting to experience more of this beautiful world and expand their knowledge on environmental, social, and political issues surrounding sustainable development.

Testimonial:
Testimonial:
Don't be afraid to challenge yourself and explore opportunities that you wouldn't normally get.
     — rachel howard, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.