Focus Australia is a program of study concentrating on the history, culture and biogeography of one of the world’s most arid countries. A study tour to Australia is approximately 23 days in length with stays in New South Wales, the Northern Territory and far northern Queensland.
The trip includes opportunities to spend time in the rainforest, scuba dive or snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, visit Alice Springs, walk at the sacred aboriginal sites of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and tour the historic and beautiful city of Sydney.
The tour itself functions as a prerequisite for the two-credit reflective course that requires a written review and a group project, both of which will be completed during the following semester.
Location: Australia: New South Wales, the Northern Territory and far northern Queensland
Dates: Exact dates to be determined in February 2015. Program will run between May 15 and June 30, 2015, and will last approximately 23 days (including travel days).
Prerequisite: One two-credit course (Biological Issues in Australia) should be taken the spring semester prior to travel
Academic credit: Two semester hours; this program and accompanying course satisfy the GO requirement.
Majors of interest: Open to all majors, but of particular interest to biology and psychology
Application: More information will be posted soon.
Cost: $5,600; includes transportation, accomodation, activities and some meals; students will need to bring $700 for meals.
Financial aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement.
Program directors: Dave Richard, Ph.D., professor of biology, and ML Klotz, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology.