Australian Culture and Wildlife Conservation

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Location University of Queensland
Academic Date Program Planned to Run Again Summer 2022 –
Credit Hours 3
Requirements 2.5 MU GPA at time of application, good academic standing, open to all MU students
Estimated cost $6,226* (doesn't include airfare)
Contact Shanon Dickerson, Director of Study Abroad
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Australia is home to over 750 indigenous species, among them 200 mammals, 200 lizards and 350 birds. Mammal species include marsupials (bandicoots, kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, and wallabies) and others such as the dingo, echidna, platypus, and wombat.

Over the course of three weeks, program participants will learn about these Australian animal species and how they interact with their environments. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore the unique culture and people of Australia.

Participants will spend time at the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland (UQ). The UQ Gatton campus, located approximately one hour west of Brisbane, focuses on agriculture, animals, veterinary science and environmental studies. While on the Gatton campus, students will also have the opportunity to play a friendly game of rugby with the UQ team.

In addition to time spent on the UQ campus, participants will also travel to multiple locations throughout the program for overnight (or multi-night) stays. Although the program schedule varies slightly from year to year, participants typically visit Sydney, the Bunya Mountains, Stradbroke Island, Cherbourg or similar Aboriginal experience, Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef (weather permitting) and Brisbane. Many of these locations are jumping off points for day trips including the Australia Zoo, Tobruk Sheep Station and various wildlife restoration programs.


Australia, the world’s smallest continent, is considered by most to be at the other end of the globe. Australia is situated southeast of Asia between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The landmass is slightly smaller than the United States. The University of Queensland’s main campus, St. Lucia, is located in Brisbane on the East coast of Australia. The Gatton Campus is located about one hour west of Brisbane.

Accommodation & Meals

Students will be housed in a combination of UQ motels/dormitories and independent hotels and hostels. Rooms will be shared, and the number of participants in a room will vary from a single roommate in one location to four or more in another. All housing costs are included in the program fee.

Approximately half of the meals necessary for the duration of the program are included in the program fee. Students will be responsible for additional meal costs. Though the individual spending habits of each student will vary, please see the budget information below for an estimate of the average out-of-pocket meal expenses.

Program Travel

International round-trip air travel will be arranged for the Australia study abroad progam. This arranged flight generally departs from and returns to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. The faculty program leader travels with the group flight to facilitate airport check-in and transfers. Because of the fluctuation in airline prices, the airfare estimate is listed separately below; however, once group reservations are made and the flight is finalized, the ticket cost will be added to the program fee and billed to participant’s MU accounts.

All in-country program travel is organized by CAFNR and UQ and is included in the program fee. Some individual local transportation costs may be accrued by students wishing to explore Brisbane, Sydney, and the other program locations independently during their free time.


Addison Byrne, instructor in animal sciences, will lead the summer program.

Students earn three credits of AFNR 2191: International Agriculture and Natural Resources (humanities; graded A/F) and should work with their advisors to determine how these credits will count toward their individual graduation plans.

Please be aware that there will be approximately six mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure. These meetings will occur in March and April. Exact dates for the meetings will be available shortly after the confirmed program participant list is finalized, generally around mid-March. Participants will be notified of the meeting details via email.

Estimated Cost

Non-refundable deposit: $350
Missouri Resident Tuition (3 credits): $897*
*Non-resident students will also be billed non-resident fees.
CAFNR Supplemental Course Fees: $163
IT Fees: $42
Intl Center Fees: $245
Program Fees: $4,529
Total cost estimate without airfare: (includes accommodation and some meals) $6,226
Airfare estimate: (does not include baggage fees) $2,000
Additional meals estimate: $500
Additional misc. estimate: $350