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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 2015

Prices below listed in US Dollars. 

2015 Tuition and Program Fees:  $4,400
2015 Accommodation: $1,950
2015 Meals: $500
TOTAL: $6,850


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.

There will be a $1,000 scholarship available to the top scholarship applicant on each of the TEAN Summer Down Under programs. Additionally, there will be one $2,500 scholarship awarded to the top applicant across all programs. For more details, please read here and complete the application.


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.


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.