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CCSA: Australian Biology

Cairns, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
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Program Details:

Application Fee: $150 if paid by September 15, 2017, $250 thereafter. 
Program Base Price: $3,399
Estimated Airfare: $2,600 - $2,800
Dates: December 26, 2017 - January 9, 2018
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)


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Program Description:

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

Program base price includes group flight from Cairns to Melbourne.

The price of this CCSA program includes:

  • accommodations in en suite twin rooms at the Palm Royal Hotel in Cairns and the Travelodge Southbank Hotel in Melbourne
  • local transport pass in Melbourne
  • All required program excursions
  • Course-related activities and entrances
  • Ground transportation for course activities
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Flight from Cairns to Melbourne

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Group Travel:

GROUP TRAVEL CCSA is required at additional cost and includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Cincinnati, OH (CVG Airport) to Australia; round-trip air transportation from other cities MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis (additional costs may be incurred).
  • Round trip shuttle service between the destination/departure airport(s) and the accommodation sites.

Travel with friends and other participants on this program as a group all the way to your destination! If this is your first time abroad (or even flying!) we highly recommend you travel as part of the group. Round-trip air transportation from cities other than CCSA-designated airports may be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.


Course(s) Offered:


Australian Animal Behavior

Start the New Year in the land down under studying the behavior of the wide variety of animals found there. This course allows you to study animal behavior and welfare in tropical Cairns, Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria. Learn about basic animal behavior and how to evaluate animal welfare online prior to departure. In Australia you can observe the impact that humans have had on domestic and wild animals in places as unique as the Great Barrier Reef and Phillip Island. Learn about crocodile farming and observe koalas and kangaroos in the wild. Includes several class-specific activities plus day trips to such locations as the Australian Equine Behavior Centre, the Melbourne Zoo and The University of Melbourne’s Veterinary Science department.


Australian Ecosystems

Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests on Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems.

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2017 10/15/2016 10/11/2016 12/26/2017 01/09/2018