Field Biology in Australia

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  • Biology in Australia


    For more details check out our Field Biology in Australia Flyer (PDF).

    Offered through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad with SFU’s Dr. Sue Morra.

    See the wonderful world of down under!

    Academic Program

    Earn 3 credits in Field Biology: Natural History of Australia. This course will fulfill 3 credits of your General Education science requirement. Experience ecosystems radically different from those in the U.S. by studying the unique characteristics of both terrestrial and aquatic organisms, learn the basics of field biology utilizing Australian ecosystems. Travel to Daintree Rainforest and to botanical gardens to explore how Australian plants have diversified to meet ecological conditions. Visit the Australian Natural History Museum and zoological parks to examine animal diversity. Finally, snorkel/dive the Great Barrier Reef to study the world’s largest barrier reef ecology. Through field experiences and discussions, develop an understanding of Australian ecology and an appreciation of field biology as a career.

    Housing and Meals

    Participants in the Australia Winter Program will reside in area hotels and dormitories. Accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of multi-bedded rooms; single rooms may be available at additional costs. Daily breakfasts and some additional meals are included in the program price.

    Passport and visitor visa

    The Australian government requires that U.S. citizens acquire visitor visas for travel to Australia. Visa processing will be coordinated through the CCSA Office. A current passport is required to apply for a visitor visa; therefore, it is crucial that participants apply for passports as early as possible.

    Dates & Costs

    December 26, 2013 – January 9, 2014
    The $5,695 cost includes:

    • tuition for 3 credits
    • round-trip transportation
    • health insurance
    • accommodations
    • daily breakfast
    • program excursions
    • airport transfers
    • some additional meals

    Most meals, other than breakfast, are at the participant’s own expense. A minimum of $550 should be budgeted for other meals, additional transportation and entrance fees. Additionally, approximately $150 should be budgeted for textbooks and other required course materials. Students should also budget additional funds for personal spending such as souvenirs and independent travel.

    • Payment Schedule:
    • Application and $300 deposit ($200 if before Sept. 13) due Sept. 27, 2013.
    • First payment ($2,700) due October
    • Final Payment due by November 1 ; the single room supplement, if applicable, is also due at this time.

    You are encouraged to apply well in advance as priority is given to early applicants.

    Interested in the Field Biology in Australia Program?

    For detailed information contact Dr. Sue Morra, Sullivan 216 / / 472-3321 or visit: or stop by the Center for International Education, Schwab 214, for a program booklet. Online applications may be found at

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