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Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

2015 Program Dates: June 19 - July 24, 2015
CRICOS Code: 00098G

Ever fancy petting a koala? Who hasn’t? The Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation program will give you the opportunity to do just that! This five-week summer program will take you from Australia’s rain forests, coastlines, and coral reefs as you learn about the continent’s diverse physical and cultural landscapes and ecosystems. The Education Abroad Network, in partnership with the University of New South Wales, is pleased to show you the best of Australia!


  • Learn from enthusiastic faculty members at the University of New South Wales, as well as fantastic environmentally-minded guest speakers.
  • Travel to some of Australia’s top locations, including Byron Bay, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, the Blue Mountains, Sydney and Cairns.
  • Spend a night under the stars at an Aboriginal camp with a local guide in Kakadu National Park.
  • Hike your way through the stunning landscape of the Blue Mountains.
  • Get up close and personal with animals at the Native Mammal Breading Centre.
  • Participants take one course (Wildlife and Conservation). The program is streamlined to be a "stand-alone" 75 hour program worth 4-8 US credits.

The Program

From its rain forests, coastlines and coral reefs to its arid interior landscapes, Australia offers a diverse range of physical and cultural landscapes and ecosystems for you to explore.

The University of New South Wales, in partnership with one of Australia’s leading conservation management agencies, presents a practical introduction to ‘Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation.’

This course is an introductory level science course. It assumes no, or very little previous tertiary level biological science; however, biology students would have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, particularly in the conservation management area.

Locations and Guided Travel

You will start your course in one of Australia's best-loved beach areas, Byron Bay, where dolphins can regularly be found in the water. After a fantastic introduction to life in Australia, the group heads to Darwin, at the ‘Top End’ of Australia, including a 2-day camping expedition to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to experience its spectacular scenery and its distinctive plants and animals. 

About halfway through the program you will be based at The University of New South Wales, located 20 minutes from downtown Sydney. Drawing on the journey from Darwin to Sydney and through a combination of field trips and classroom-based study, you will learn that conservation is landscaped-based, integrates natural and cultural values and incorporates the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness, significant natural landforms and indigenous heritage. There will also be time to study some of Australia’s unique flora and fauna, including marsupials such as the kangaroo and koala.

The course will conclude with a stay in Cairns in the tropical north. From here, you will explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, the only place in the world where reef meets rainforest.


Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles when travelling, including shared, budget-style accommodation, serviced apartments and a few nights camping.


Course size is restricted to thirty students allowing greater student participation and a more hands-on approach to learning. Teaching will be done by UNSW and lecturers from the National Parks agency. In addition, there will be over 100 other U.S. study abroad students participating in other UNSW summer courses. Most will be following similar itineraries, thus allowing for participants to meet and interact with other students.

Program Fees for 2014

Please check back for 2015 pricing.
Prices below listed in US Dollars. 

2014 Tuition and Program Fees:  $4,200
2014 Accommodation: $1,850
2014 Meals: $400
2014 Internet: $100


The program fee includes tuition (6 UNSW credits, worth 4-8 US credits); all accommodation; excursion costs; airport shuttle services; orientation programs; and a UNSW student card (allowing access to all UNSW facilities); all meals when camping in Kakadu National Park, all meals when visiting the Daintree, breakfasts and lunches in Sydney, breakfasts and final dinner in Cairns. The program fee does not include other meals or airfares.


International air travel is organized through Qantas. Packages have been designed to allow students to spend time in the tropical north of Australia on the Great Barrier Reef at the completion of each program, or in a host of destinations such as New Zealand or Hawaii on their return to the US, at little or no extra cost. Upon application participants will be provided complete airfare details.

TEAN Staff

Participants on the TEAN summer program will receive pre-departure and on-the-ground support from the following individuals who are excited to help students spend five memorable weeks Down Under.

Russ Alexander, Director - Programs and Development 

Russ was involved with the first group of US study abroad students to come to Australia in the late 1980s. He studied abroad as a high school student for a year in Tyler, Texas and a semester at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Russ graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he also became the Associate Director for Study Abroad. Russ joined the Study Australia team in 2000 and now directs the programs in Asia and is responsible for the educational design elements of our Australian/South Pacific programs. Russ is based in Chicago.

Favorite Destinations: Sydney, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Helen Armitage, Resident Director, Queensland

Helen has been working in the International Education Field for over 11 years. During her undergraduate degree at Griffith University, she started working in their international office on a part time basis. This became full time after she graduated with a Bachelors in Communications in 1998. Following her role at Griffith she worked in the International and Study Abroad teams at Bond University and was responsible for marketing and developing the study abroad and full degree programs in North America and Europe.  This role saw Helen travel extensively throughout these regions for many years. Helen is now the Resident Director in Queensland for Study Australia and is also completing her graduate studies in Education.

Favorite Destinations: Boston, USA;  Bergen, Norway;  London, England; Vancouver, Canada; Copenhagen, Denmark; Gold Coast; Australia

Christian Bonett, Resident Director, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong

Christian was born in the English city of Bath, an Englishman by birth with Maltese, Spanish and French ancestry. The perfect recipe to encourage a thirst for knowledge, itchy feet and a love of adventure. Christian studied abroad in Bayonne, Bordeaux and Fontainebleau in France and Ettlingen in Germany as a high school student. Completed semesters in the National Academy of Art, Sofia - Bulgaria and Ecole des Beaux-Artes de Nantes, France as an undergraduate Fine Art student. After graduating and a few years living in London as a struggling artist, in 2005 Christian moved to Sydney, and enrolled into the University of New South Wales as a postgraduate Art Education student. Christian has been in Sydney ever since, working with TEAN in various guises.

Favorite Destinations: Sydney, Australia; Malta; New Zealand, Thailand

Shannon Diegel, Assistant Program Manager

After Shannon studied abroad while attending Loyola University Chicago, she knew her life would never be the same again. A few months following graduation she moved to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English. She thought she knew what city life was like after living in Chicago, but Bangkok found ways to surprise her every day! Upon returning home, she began working in international education, helping American high-school students travel the world and study abroad. Shannon is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Education at the SIT Graduate Institute.

Favorite Destinations: All of Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; Istanbul, Turkey; Pokhara, Nepal; Madrid, Spain.

Rachel Dorsey, Senior Program Manager

Through Valparaiso University, Rachel spent a semester abroad in Cambridge, England, which led to her passion for international education and cross-cultural exchange. Since graduating with a BA in History and Secondary Education, Rachel has taught geography in a high school setting and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Oceania. Prior to joining us an Enrollment Coordinator, Rachel spent a year teaching English in Okinawa, Japan and was a luxury travel consultant in Chicago.

Favorite Destinations: Varanasi, India; Mui Ne, Vietnam; Lhasa, Tibet; Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Rob Gaetano, Resident Director, Melbourne

Robert has been working with international students at Monash University on and off since 2001. Apart from a two-year stint in London, Robert has lived in Melbourne his whole life and loves everything Melbourne has to offer. Robert is very passionate about travel and having been to every continent (except Antarctica), he encourages everyone he meets to spend some time abroad! In his other life, Robert is an actor who graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in 2011.

Favorite destinations: London; Peru; Chefchaouen, Morocco; Italy; Austin, Texas and New York City, USA.


Participants in the program are able to obtain credits through universities and colleges in the United States and Europe. This program is approved by UNSW and students will receive their grades on a UNSW transcript. Credit transfer (generally 4-8 U.S. credits total) is subject to home institution regulations so please consult your academic advisor for guidance. TEAN and UNSW will provide all documentation to overseas institutions to assist in credit transfer.

Admissions Requirements and Application

Students should be currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education. Currently, there is a 2.8 minimum GPA requirement for this program.  If your GPA falls below the required minimum or you are currently a freshman, please contact us at 800.585.9658 to determine eligibility. 

This course is an introductory level science course. It assumes no, or very little, previous tertiary level biological science; however, biology students would have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, particularly in the conservation management area.

Interested students can apply on-line.

After acceptance into the program, a $1000 deposit is required. The deposit is fully refundable, less a $150 administrative fee, should students withdraw by March 15, 2015.  After March 15, 2015 the deposit is no longer refundable.  In extenuating circumstances, a refund may be a possibility after March 15, 2015; however it is at the sole discretion of UNSW.

Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. We suggest interested students apply by March 15, 2015 to avoid disappointment. Interested students seeking to apply after March 15, 2015 are encouraged to contact our US office at 1.800.585.9658 as there may be a few spots available on the program.

A pre-departure package for the program will be sent to the applicant once accepted into the program.