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December 26, 2011 to January 9, 2012

Price with airfare: $5,695
Price without airfare: Not Available

Application Deadline: September 30, 2011

Early Application Deadline: $100 Discount for applications received by September 16, 2011!

Credit: 3 hours


Experience the wonderful world of “down under” on the CCSA Australia Winter Program, scheduled from December 26 through January 9. On this smallest, most temperate of continents, whose culture blends European and Asian, aboriginal and modern, whose flora and fauna are both diverse and unique, participants can explore the richness of a world apart, travelling from the the reefs and rain forest of tropical Cairns to trend-setting venues of metropolitan Sydney.

By combining this intensive study abroad experience with course-specific directed study activities preceding and/or following the travel portion of the program, students may earn three semester hours of college credit.

Please carefully read Program Details for additional information pertinent to all CCSA programs.


Participants in the Australia Winter Program reside in local hotels and dormitories as well as research station facilities, if appropriate. Accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of multi-bedded rooms; single rooms may be available at an additional price. Daily breakfasts and some additional meals are included in the program price.


The price of the Australia Winter Program is $5695. This includes round-trip transportation from designated cities, internal air transportation, airport transfers, accommodations, daily breakfast, program excursions, health insurance and some additional meals.

Most meals, other than breakfast, are at the participant’s own expense. A minimum of $500 should be budgeted for meals, additional transportation, entrance fees and departure tax (if applicable). Participants should also budget additional funds for personal expenses such as souvenirs and independent travel, based upon their individual spending habits.

Tuition is not included in the program costs detailed above. Please refer to Registration/Tuition & Fees for additional information.

All prices are subject to change in the event of unanticipated increases in airfares, monetary exchange rates or other changes in program costs. In some cases, program items may be deleted in lieu of a price increase.


Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the September 30, 2011 application deadline, as priority is given to early applications. Notification regarding acceptance to the program will be sent shortly after receipt of the application and deposit in the CCSA central office.

For students from outside the CCSA consortium, notification will follow receipt of the application, deposit and additional application materials as specified.

Confirmation of specific course selection will be provided approximately three weeks after the application deadline.

NOTE: A $100 reduction in the program price will be awarded to those who submit their applications before or on September 16, 2011. This discount will be applied to the final payment due on November 4, 2011.
  • A $200 deposit is due at the time of application. 
  • A first payment of $2500 to cover the airline ticket price and deposits on arrangements in Australia is due by the application deadline date, September 30, 2011. 
  • The second and final payment of $2995, plus single room price (if applicable), is due by November 4, 2011. 
Please familiarize yourself with the Cancellation Policy.

Checks should be made payable to “CCSA.” Please consider your cancelled check as receipt for payment. Returned checks will incur a $20 penalty fee. CCSA also accepts Visa and MasterCard.
For additional payment information, visit the Payment Page

The Australian government requires that U.S. citizens acquire visitor visas for travel to Australia. Visa processing will be coordinated through the CCSA central office. A current passport is required to apply for a visitor visa; therefore, it is crucial that participants apply for passports as early as possible.

Please refer to the Passport/Visa section for additional information.


The following are descriptions of the courses of study offered for this CCSA program. Applicants may register for courses offered by professors from any member institution. Students are encouraged to e-mail faculty to learn more about the classes.


Sex Down Under: Love, Romance, and Sexual Culture in Australia

Carrie Bradshaw may tout New York as the sexiest city in the world, but two Australian cities (the resort town of tropical Cairns and the thriving metropolis of Sydney) offer fascinatingly different insights into their own competitive blend of romance, sexiness and the potential for love. This highly interactive course includes visits to the most romantic spots in Sydney and Cairns; exploration of historical sites involving love, sex and romance in the city; qualitative inquiry into the Australian dating scene; exploration of sexuality and relationship theories; and popular culture analysis regarding sexuality and romance down under. Students will leave the course well-versed in theories of love, gender, romance and sexuality – and they’ll have a lot of fun in the process.
(3 cr. hrs., UD/G, Dr. Jimmie Manning [] Northern Kentucky University)


Australian Ecosystems

This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forest, 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. Students will visit the Great Barrier Reef, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Blue Mountains, participate in field trips to the tropical rainforests of Queensland and observe the unique flora and fauna of the region. Other activities may include a visit to an aboriginal cultural site, spending time at the Royal Flying Doctor Service, visiting the Australian Museum and sightseeing in Sydney.
Prerequisite: one semester of biology.
(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. Ruth E. Beattie [] University of Kentucky)

Form & Function in Australian Fauna

Australia has some of the most unusual organisms on earth because of its evolutionary isolation. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, is also home to a huge diversity of fish and other marine organisms. Students will explore some of the unique adaptations that these animals have evolved. Field experiences, along with discussions, will allow students to develop an understanding of these adaptations. Students will visit the Australian Natural History Museum and zoological parks to learn about animal diversity and snorkel/dive the Great Barrier Reef to study the world’s largest barrier reef ecosystem.
Prerequisite: introductory biology (one semester) or consent of instructor.
(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. Michael Smith [] Western Kentucky University)