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 22 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: approximately May 26, 2014 - June 18, 2014 (actual travel may take place five days before or after these dates depending on best available airfare)
Prerequisite: One 2-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: $6,200, includes all flights, accommodation, activities, ground transportation and food. Students will be billed $5,300 and will need to bring $900 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.