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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Magnetic Island, Australia; Nadi, Fiji; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2018 02/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2018 06/15/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Faculty-Led
Academic Area:
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Department: Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences
Minimum GPA:
Language of instruction:
Program Leader:
Gerard Kyle
Program Advisor:
Xiaoshuang Wei
Open to non-majors:
Classification: Freshman, Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

A&M Australia and Fiji Natural Resources

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Gerard Kyle
Dept. of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Science  


Study Abroad Advisor

Xiaoshuang Wei













May 17 - June 18, 2018 
Nadi, Fiji and North Queensland, Australia

The Fiji program will examine human and cultural aspects of Fijian ecology and the conservation, preservation, and management of Fiji’s unique system of marine, coastal, and mountain/rainforest natural resources. Students will use applications in cross-cultural analysis and techniques to explore the management and conservation of natural resources with a focus on issues related to human use of plant, forestry, wildlife, ecology, recreation and tourism, and/or costal/water resources. The impact of humans on these resources will also be emphasized, including a long term historical perspective. Like the Australian program, The Fijian program will also focus on topics related to sustainable development (sustaining human societies and the natural environment) through educational travel, field trips, active participation, lecture presentations and seminars, and coursework exercises. The goal of this course is using the Fijian case to integrate the different perspectives of diverse natural, biological, and social science disciplines to improve understanding of relationships between human societies and the natural environment. The impact of humans on natural resources and their sustainable use and conservation will be emphasized.

The Australia portion of the study abroad program will examine the natural (and related social) history and environmental conservation of Queensland, Australia. Queensland has a wonderful year-round tropical climate and boasts some of the most diverse and remarkable natural resources in the southern hemisphere. An initial stay at James Cook University (Cairns) will be followed by an exploration of the network of national parks, reserves, offshore islands, and coastal areas of northeast Queensland, before returning back to Cairns for a couple of days to complete the program. In the field, we will snorkel (scuba diving is optional) and explore the marine wildlife and coral of the Great Barrier Reef, learn about Aboriginal culture and history, investigate costal management practices of the offshore islands, and explore the rainforest of Daintree National Park to study the diverse flora and fauna of northeastern Australia. Our program will focus on topics related to sustainable development (sustaining human societies and the natural environment) through educational travel, field trips, active participation, lecture presentations and seminars, and coursework exercises  

All students are required to take a total of 9 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • RENR 400 : Study Abroad in Natural Resources: North Queensland ( 9 cr.)   
  • Open to ALL majors with a 2.5 GPA preferred; minimum 2.0 GPA and instructor approval
  • Completed at least one semester at TAMU at the time of application
  • Good Standing with the University
  • Students must attend all Study Abroad program-specific meeting(s)  
  • Votua Village homestay
  • Gold Mine Tour
  • Temple and market visit in Fiji
  • Hikes
  • Outback experience
  • Farm stays 
Estimated Program Fee   (subject to change) - billed to University Account $8,400
Lodging and Meals   $4,300  
Excursions and Cultural Site Visits   $2,000  
In-Country Transportation   $300  
Study Abroad Administrative Fee $400  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses $500  
International Health Insurance $45  
Portion of Faculty Expenses $855  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $7,765+
Tuition and Fees (in-state resident for 9 credit hours)* $4,400  
International Airfare $2,700  
Travel Documents (passport and visa--if needed) $165  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $500+  
Textbooks & Supplies $0+  
Personal Spending varies  

*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.  Check rates at:
Program Payment
Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed above is due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. fall and spring for summer programs). The entire Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office once a student confirms their program participation.

Please also note that many additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office, or website here:

College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers two scholarship programs: The International Education Fee Scholarship and the Study Abroad Fellowship. Both of these scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:

Financial Aid:
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.

Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the program fee due dates.