This program provides students with the opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of Australia and the country's past and ongoing struggle with invasive species. This program is suggested for Biology majors. Field experience enhances classroom instruction at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland. During the third week of the course, students take a week-long field excursion to sites near Cairns. Field sites include the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island, Orpheus Island, and the Daintree National Forest.
- Tropical North Queensland is home to not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage listed sites - the Great Barrier Reef (one of the seven natural wonders of the world!) and the Daintree National Rainforest.
- Townsville is a bustling city that sees an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, and offers a taste of the outback without venturing off of the beautiful coastal waters.
- Gain access to reef flats, mangroves, historical shipwrecks, and Indigenous sites on Orpheus Island.
- Spend a week in Cairns, a culturally diverse city that caters to students, travelers, and locals alike with a laid-back feel and vibrant nightlife.
- Townsville, the unofficial capital of North Queensland, boasts a population of 167,847.
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. The application deadline is February 15. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.
Acceptance Process: This program accepts applications on a rolling basis.
June 16 - July 21, 2018 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
BIO/ENVS 349 Ecology of Invasion
Dr. Chris Beck
4 credit hours
This course examines the ecological and evolutionary factors that allow species to become invasive. It also explores the ecological consequences of invasive species. The course involves lecture, discussion of research articles on Australian invasive species, and field trips to different ecosystems in Queensland, Australia, to examine the impact of invasive species.
BIOL 386 Special Topics: Plants and Society
Dr. Eloise Carter
4 credit hours
Students investigate plants and their uses in the rich natural and cultural environment of Queensland, Australia. Students begin with basic plant structure and function, and then explore the ethnobotany (cultural uses) of plants. The focus will be on plants as medicine, food, drink, materials, and creative arts. Students will engage in laboratory, field, and garden investigations.
During the first 2 weeks, students will be staying in single rooms at James Cook University. The middle week will be in Cairns and on Orpheus Island where students will stay in shared dorm style accommodation. During the final 2 weeks of the program, students will stay with host families in Townsville.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details. Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a mandatory general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.
Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy
Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students