"This was such a great way to experience Australia and New Zealand while still learning about sustainability and the future of the world. It was also such an awesome way to make new friends from Clemson that I never would have met if not for this study abroad!" - Priya Chokshi, Biology
This three and a half-week program combines our North Island New Zealand experiential learning program with an additional two weeks conducting research projects in North Queensland.
The New Zealand portion of this program examines ecological restoration and resource conservation in the North Island through an active engagement in hands on projects. New Zealand is at the forefront of restoring degraded habitat by reintroducing native animals and original native flora after removing animal pests. Students will learn about restoration approaches and how they can lead to improvements in biodiversity conservation and carbon offsetting through classroom lectures and field trips. They will then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term restoration projects. The course will include an examination of Maori conservation values and culture and how these social aspects influence restoration outputs.
The second half of the program explores similar issues in an Australian context. Students will have the opportunity to stay in completely self-sufficient cabins in Hidden Valley, where they will learn about sustainable business and ecotourism in Australia. Other projects in Australia include wetland restoration and planting with an Aboriginal community, rainforest regeneration, data collection on the Great Barrier Reef, and an ongoing planting project in the Daintree World Heritage Area.
“This trip was so much more than I thought it would be! From holding koalas to cultural immersion, this trip gives you a better understanding of the world we live in while also providing memories that’ll last a lifetime” William Linton, Packaging Science
- Atherton Tablelands, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Cairns, Australia
- Cape Tribulation, Australia
- Hidden Valley, Australia
- Magnetic Island, Australia
- Port Douglas, Australia
- Queensland, Australia
- Rotorua, New Zealand
- Tauranga, New Zealand
- Townsville, Australia
Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, as we take an interdisciplinary perspective to examine global issues in the conservation of unique wildlife, natural systems, and cultural places. Students should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing with Clemson.
For More Information
Visit the program homepage
Check out a sample itinerary
Contact Celeste Yarlagadda at CUAus@clemson.edu
A group flight will be booked through STA Travel. Exact flight information to come.
STS 2150-this course fulfills the STS and Non-Lit Humanities general education requirements
IS 2100 (3 credits)-this courses fulfills the CCA general education requirement
These courses introduce the concept of sustainability through an international study abroad experience. These courses are primarily experiential and are designed to familiarize the student with the complexities that human societies face when adapting to local environmental challenges.
"This trip changed my perspective of life. It taught me so much about other cultures, and opened my eyes to the world. The trip allowed me to broaden my horizons and re-think what I want to do with my life. It was truly a life-changing experience." -Caroline Burgen, Psychology Major & Sociology Minor
Students will stay in a variety of housing accommodations, including hotels, apartments, and hostels. Students will have the opportunity to stay at a traditional Maori lodge in New Zealand and with a homestay family in Australia.
Sample Program Accommodations:
Waitaia Maori Lodge
Bungalow Bay Koala Village
Hidden Valley Cabins
*program accommodations subject to change
"Overall it was an amazing experience. The homestay was a huge highlight!" -2017 Student
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Students who will be receiving financial aid during their program abroad must meet with the Financial Aid Office prior to departure. Appointments can be made online
with the Financial Aid Office.
For detailed information on study abroad scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see our Scholarships page
Paid to Clemson
*Tuition and Fees includes Tuition, Study Abroad Fee, Software License & Summer School Fee
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*Personal travel, meals, etc. spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
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More information about average cost of living expenses in the host country can be found here:
Program fees and student expenses are based on preliminary estimates and are subject to change. Please contact the faculty director of the program for more information.