Experience the wonderful world of “down under” on the CCSA Australian Biology 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 latest city and home to some of the continent’s largest communities of penguins, seals, kangaroos and koalas, among whom participants will participate in a conservation service project.
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.
* All prices are estimates based on winter 2018 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2019.
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, 2019 —January 09, 2020
(14 days) Base Price
$2700 – $3100 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
September 27, 2019 ($100 application discount if received by September 13)Scholarships: OPEN Due October 04. See our scholarships page
Course Description: Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos and koalas in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef, and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems.