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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Magnetic Island, Australia; Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
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  • Restrictions: Texas A&M University applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty Led Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Area: Agriculture and Life Sciences Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Pre-requisites: No Click here for a definition of this term Language requirement: No
Click here for a definition of this term Language of instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Program Leader: Gerard Kyle, Kelly Kyle
Click here for a definition of this term Primary Contact: Ms. Xiaoshuang Wei ( Housing: Hotel/Hostel
Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-majors: Yes Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Academic Department: Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences
Program Description:

A&M Australia Natural Resources Faculty-led

Faculty Leader

Gerard Kyle 
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences

Kelly Kyle
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences 

Study Abroad Advisor

Xiaoshuang Wei 


Australia Scuba
Australia Street Scene
Brisbane Queensland
Australia Kangaroo

May 22 - June 14, 2019
North Queensland, Australia

This 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, 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.

This 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. Students can choose to combine this program with Fiji to earn a total of 9 credits hours in RENR 400. To apply to BOTH Australia and Fiji programs, please click here to apply     


All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • RENR 400: Study Abroad in Natural Resources - Australia (6 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)

Program Highlights
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Outback Experience
  • Farmstays
          Tentative Itinerary:  Australia TAMU BU - Draft Itinerary 2019.pdf

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $5,750
Lodging, Meals and Excursions $4,325  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
International Health Insurance & Misc $225  
Faculty Expenses $800  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $4,775
Tuition and fees (in-state resident for 6 hours)* $2,200  
International Airfare $1,800  
Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed) $175  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $600+  
Textbooks and Supplies Included in program fee  
Personal Spending varies  
Total Estimated Cost $10,525

*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.  Check rates at:

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

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:

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:

This program is currently not accepting applications.