"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 Major
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 Major
- 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
Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30-6:30pm - we'll have pizza! Martin E304
If you're unable to make the above information session, stop by our drop-in information session on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 9:30am-12:30pm in Martin E304. Stop by anytime for more information about the program.
The faculty directors for the Summer 2019 program will be Dr. Matt Turnbull and Dr. Candace Coffman
STS 2150 (3 credits) - this course fulfills the STS and Non-Lit Humanities general education requirements. This course will be taught by Dr. Matt Turnbull.
IS 2100 (3 credits) - this courses fulfills the CCA general education requirement. This course will be taught by Dr. Candace Coffman.
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 who are participating in a Clemson faculty-directed program will receive Clemson grades and credit for courses taken abroad
- Students should consult their Academic Advisor to verify any pre-requisites of the courses offered and to determine how the course credit will fit into their curriculum and graduation requirements
- Students accepted into the faculty-directed program will either a) be required to register for the corresponding courses or b) be registered for the corresponding courses by the departmental registration coordinator. Please consult your faculty director for more information on the registration process
- All grades from faculty-directed programs are calculated into the students’ cumulative GPA
- Students must be present for all program activities, including any class sessions held before or after the travel component
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 and not limited to above list
"Overall it was an amazing experience. The homestay was a huge highlight!" -2017 Student
The cost of participation in a faculty-directed study abroad program includes academic tuition and fees related to study abroad course enrollment, a non-refundable application fee, a study abroad fee, and a program fee. For more information on what is included in your program fee, please see below.
Program Fee Inclusions
|Tuition & Fees
|Non-refundable Application Fee
|Study Abroad Fee
|Subtotal - Paid to Clemson
The below items are included in the Clemson in Australia and New Zealand program fee. Please note that program fees are based on preliminary estimates and are subject to change until the program enrollment has been finalized.
Estimated Additional Expenses
- Accommodation in Atherton Tablelands, Auckland, Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Hidden Valley, Magnetic Island, Paluma, Port Douglas, Rotorua, Tauranga, and Townsville
- Transportation, including from the airport and to sites in the program itinerary
- Group dinners
- International health insurance through CISI Insurance
The below items are not included in the program fee. Any costs not included in the program fee are paid separately by the student. These expenses will vary and are dependent on the individual applicant’s budget, needs, destination country, and spending habits. Students are individually responsible for determining which costs apply to them.
*Some countries may require immunizations and vaccinations. These costs are not included in the estimated additional costs.
|Meals Not Included in Program Fee
|Visa/Immigration Expenses (when applicable)
|Subtotal - Additional Costs*
With the exception of the non-refundable application fee and any program specific deposit(s), all program costs will appear in iROAR and will be broken out in the following manner*:
*Students’ individual bills may not appear in this exact order and could include differential tuition fees based on college, department, or enrollment.
||SA Hybrid Academic Fee**
||Software License Fee
||Summer School Fee
||Study Abroad Fee-UG
||SA Program Fee***
**SA Hybrid Academic Fee is based on the student’s course enrollment. If you are enrolled in courses in addition to the study abroad courses, this cost may appear higher on your individual bill. All students are billed tuition at the in-state rate for courses taken as part of a faculty-directed study abroad program.
***SA Program Fee has already deducted the application fee of $350, this balance will not appear on the iROAR bill.
Withdrawing from your Program
Clemson Abroad and our faculty directors make every attempt to create a meaningful and affordable study abroad experience for all students. When you commit to participation in a program, the program begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. Therefore, withdrawal from a faculty-directed study abroad program may result in fees related to the timeframe of your withdrawal. For more information review the withdrawal policy
on the Clemson Abroad
Tuition and Fees and the Study Abroad Fee
All students are billed at the in-state rate for courses taken through a faculty-directed study abroad program. For an explanation of fees
please see Student Financial Services
. All students participating in a study abroad program are assessed the study abroad fee
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