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  • Locations: Brisbane, Australia; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Discover Australia 

This is a field program that explores the relationship between people and their natural environment. Queensland is home to lush green rain forests, the remote Outback, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Students spend about 70% of their time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, and islands of North Queensland under the guidance of field professionals. A typical itinerary includes snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking in the rainforest, studying wildlife of the dry woodlands. The course can count as a Biology course (BIO 356, 4 credits) and as an elective for the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies minors.


 
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Overview This is a field program that explores the relationship between people and their natural environment. Queensland is home to lush green rain forests, the remote Outback, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Students spend about 70% of their time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, and islands of North Queensland under the guidance of field professionals. A typical itinerary includes snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking in the rainforest, and studying wildlife of the dry woodlands. This year, the group will be spending three days on Lady Elliot Island (days 18-21), an island in the Great Barrier Reef where snorkeling is among the best in the world and has been little impacted by the recent coral reef bleaching. Students will also spend time hiking in Binna Burra (days 5-6) and will get to experience Bungalow Bay Koala Village (days 7-10) on Magnetic Island. The full itinerary for 2021 (subject to change) can be found here: WFU Australia Summer 2021 Itinerary.pdf. The course can count as a Biology course (BIO 356, 4 credits) and as an elective for the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies minors.

Dates: 
Please note, you will likely need to leave the US 2 days prior to the start date to arrive on schedule.

Get a feel for what you'll experience in Australia through this video by 2018 program alumna Sarah Graham. 
Location Wake Forest University's Ecology & Resource Management summer program is based in Queensland, Australia. The Australian portion of the program starts in Brisbane and explores the vast ecological diversity of the area before flying to Townsville, the unofficial capital of northern Queensland. The location provides an ideal setting for students to explore topics related to rainforest diversity, Great Barrier Reef management and conservation, and human-ecosystem interaction in the Australian natural environment.
Program BIO 356: Ecology and Resource Management (4hrs)
Intensive field oriented course focusing on ecosystems, natural resource management and environmental conservation in Australia. Students travel to major biomes including sub-tropical rainforests, coral reefs and dry woodlands. Laboratories are field-based, with some consisting of student-designed field projects.

This is a field program that explores the relationship between people and their natural environment. Queensland is home to lush green rain forests, the remote Outback, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Students spend about 70% of their time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, and islands of North Queensland under the guidance of field professionals. A typical itinerary includes snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking in the rainforest, and studying wildlife of the dry woodlands. This year, the group will be spending three days on Lady Elliot Island, an island in the Great Barrier Reef where snorkeling is among the best in the world and has been little impacted by the recent coral reef bleaching.  The course can count as a Biology course (BIO 356, 4 credits) and as an elective for the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies minors.
Faculty Michael Anderson
Associate Professor of Biology
Telephone: (336) 758 5974
E-mail: anderstm@wfu.edu
Accommodation Students will be housed at various field sites; accommodations may include lodges and hotels. Some meals will be arranged by the program, others will be the responsibility of the student (ex. local restaurants)
Excursions  
Selection
  • Good academic standing
  • Interest in ecology and resource management
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
  • Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
  • Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2021 summer rate was $900/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for summer 2022. 
  • Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
  • Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee (estimated) - $7,080
Tuition (estimated) - (4hrs) - $3,600
Airfare (estimated) - $1,800
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $500
Estimated total cost - $12,980
Scholarships Scholarships are available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.

Sullivan Scholarships may be available for students participating on this program. Awards up to $2,500.  
Contact Michael Anderson
Associate Professor of Biology
Telephone: (336) 758 5974
E-mail: anderstm@wfu.edu

Michael Tyson
Assistant Director of Study Abroad
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Phone: (336) 758 4072
E-mail: tysonmj@wfu.edu

Taylor Burdette
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Phone: (336) 758 2523
E-mail: burdett@wfu.edu
Testimonials  



This program is currently not accepting applications.