Experience the wonderful world of "down under" on the CCSA Australian Ecosystems Program and help to preserve habitat for one of its most unusual species: the koala. On this smallest, most temperate of continents, where flora and fauna are both diverse and unique, and native Aboriginal culture blends European with Asian, participants can explore the richness of a world apart. Join CCSA and snorkel World Heritage reefs; trek through rain forests near tropical Cairns; discover the museums, gardens and parks around metropolitan Melbourne, Australia's second largest city and home to some of the continent's largest communities of penguins, seals, kangaroos and koalas; and participate in a conservation service project.
Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
CCSA Central Office
Stephen Farley - Applications
Robert Bedard - Payments
Robin Byerly - Travel
Group or Individual Travel Allowed
Option One - Group Travel
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
Option Two - Individual Travel
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.
Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.
Program Dates December 26, 2017 —January 09, 2018 Base Price
$2745 Enrollment Status: CLOSED
Regular Application Deadline September 29, 2017 App Fee Currently $250
Agriculture / Animal Science / Biology
Australian Animal Behavior
Course Description: Start the New Year in the land down under studying the behavior of the wide variety of animals found there. This course allows you to study animal behavior and welfare in tropical Cairns, Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria. Learn about basic animal behavior and how to evaluate animal welfare online prior to departure. In Australia you can observe the impact that humans have had on domestic and wild animals in places as unique as the Great Barrier Reef and Phillip Island. Learn about crocodile farming and observe koalas and kangaroos in the wild. Includes several class-specific activities plus day trips to such locations as the Australian Equine Behavior Centre, the Melbourne Zoo and The University of Melbourne’s Veterinary Science department.
Course Description: Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests on Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems.