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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Magnetic Island, Australia; Nadi, Fiji; Sigatoka, Fiji; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Texas A&M University applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2019 06/14/2019
NOTE: Priority deadline: December 1st

** 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:
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Program Type: Faculty Led Academic Area: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Department: Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Pre-requisites: No
Language of instruction: English Program Leader: Gerard Kyle, Kelly Kyle, William Smith
Program Advisor: Xiaoshuang Wei Open to non-majors: Yes
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

A&M Fiji and Australia Natural Resources Faculty-led

Faculty Leader

William Smith 
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
wesmith@gmail.com
  
Gerard Kyle 
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
gkyle@tamu.edu

Kelly Kyle
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
kkyle@tamu.edu 

Study Abroad Advisor

Xiaoshuang Wei 
wxiaoshuang@tamu.edu 
979.845.0544
 
Australia Scuba
Brisbane Queensland
Fiji Beach

Fiji Farm

Fiji Scuba Float

Australia Koala bear
 

May 12 - June 14, 2019
Nadi, Fiji
North Queensland, Australia

About 
 
The Fiji portion 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/rain forest 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 coastal/water resources. The impact of humans on these resources will also be emphasized, including a long term historical perspective. This 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 Australia Portion 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, students 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 coastal management practices of the offshore islands, and explore the rain forest of Daintree National Park to study the diverse flora and fauna of northeastern Australia.

Credit 

All students are required to take a total of 9 credit hours to participate on this program.
 
  • RENR 400: Study Abroad in Natural Resources - Australia/Fiji (9 cr.)

Eligibility
 
  • 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)

Program Highlights
 
  • Temple & Market visit in FIji
  • Votua Village homestay
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Outback Experience
  • Farmstays
          Tentative Itinerary: 
          Fiji Texas A&M itinerary v1 2019.pdf
          Australia TAMU BU - Draft Itinerary 2019.pdf

 
Cost
 
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $8,225
Lodging, Meals and Excursions $6,275  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
International Health Insurance & Misc $450  
Faculty Expenses $1,100  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $5,875
Tuition and fees (in-state resident for 9 hours)* $3,050  
International Airfare $1,800  
Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed) $175  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $850+  
Textbooks and Supplies Included in program fee  
Personal Spending varies  
Total Estimated Cost $14,100

*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.  Check rates at:
https://tuition.tamu.edu/
 

Additional Information 


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 Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office in 3 payments:
  • $400 non-refundable Confirmation Payment
  • $1,000 Program Deposit
  • Remaining Program Balance
Please also note that many additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).

 
Funding

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here:http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/funding or visit for walk-in advising. 

 
Scholarships
 
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs.  These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:https://sfaid.tamu.edu/uwideapp/#Program13

 
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 courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:http://financialaid.tamu.edu/