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  • Locations: Atherton, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Cairns, Australia; Cape Tribulation, Australia; Hidden Valley, Australia; Magnetic Island, Australia; Omanawa, New Zealand; Port Douglas, Australia; Rotorua, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
1 - First Year
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development, Tourism
Program Description:
Lecture at Waterfall, HV, AUS

Program Overview

Please note that this program will not run in summer 2019.  Please check back for information on 2020 and beyond!

This 3.5-week study abroad program will examine the natural and human environments of New Zealand's North Island and Queensland, Australia.  This program travels to national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, marine areas and islands of New Zealand and North Queensland under the guidance of knowledgeable field professionals. The starting point for this journey is the north island of New Zealand.  Sites visited in New Zealand include the coastal areas of Tauranga, a secluded forest lodge in Omanawa, and the geothermal and cultural town of Rotorua. The group then flies from Auckland to Townsville, Australia, before heading to Hidden Valley, a remote inland region where you will enjoy hiking and exploring outback areas. This is followed by a stay on Magnetic Island, a beautiful island with stunning beaches and abundant wildlife including a local population of koalas. A homestay experience with an Australian family in Atherton is often a highlight for students, and then the world famous rainforests and reef areas become the classroom in Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas. At all locations, the experience is led by local guides and professionals from wildlife parks, local businesses and cultural excursions, as well as experts from prestigious institutions such as James Cook University and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. 

This course uses the theme of sustainable development to explore the relationship between people and their natural environment and is open to Penn State students in all majors.

Contact Alan Graefe in the department of RPTM for more information.

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Education Abroad Credits

All students will take RPTM 499 Sustainable Tourism and the Environment for 3 credits.

Your grade from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.  Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad.

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There are no prerequisites for this program.

Housing and Meals

The program fee includes all housing, ground transportation, some meals and admissions to sites.  Students will need to pay for their flight to New Zealand, then on to Australia and returning to the U.S, and will also be responsible for paying for some meals. Accommodations include holiday parks and cabins, "Marae style" lodge where all students sleep in a hall, hostels, budget hotels, homestays and apartments.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.


For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For more information, please contact Alan Graefe, the faculty leader for this program in the RPTM Department. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.


How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1*

*Please note that this program will not run in summer 2019, so the system will not accept applications for this program leading up to summer 2019.


Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/16/2018 06/09/2018
NOTE: Departure from the U.S will be May 14, 2017. Start date of May 16 is the date students must arrive in New Zealand.

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