Australia

Program Overview

AUSTRALIA: Byron Bay, Sydney & Cairns

Saturday, June 20 to Sunday July 12, 2020 (3 weeks)

This will be the seventh year of the University of Toronto’s summer program in Australia. The program provides a unique opportunity to consider human impacts on the natural environment and measures to address these impacts, focusing particularly on protected conservation areas.

From its rainforests, coastlines and coral reefs to its arid interior, Australia offers a diverse range of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems to explore. Evolving from origins in ancient Gondwana and millions of years of geographic isolation, Australia boasts geographical and natural features found nowhere else in the world.

NOTE: This course is worth one half-year credit (H) and is contingent on adequate enrolment. 

Course

The University of Toronto will offer one course in Australia. The course is worth one half-year credit (H) and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students will be in classes and on field activities most days except travel days. Class times in Australia will vary. Students will be joined by other international students who are partaking in the program through TEAN.

ENV396H0 Special Topics: Australian Wildlife and Conservation

Australia offers a unique and diverse range of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems to explore. Evolving from origins in ancient Gondwana and millions of years of geographic isolation, Australia has geographical and natural features found nowhere else in the world. This program allows an unparalleled opportunity for students to receive a firsthand introduction to Australia’s environment and wildlife through the eyes of local experts.

The context for this course is the global ecological crisis – we live in an increasingly human dominated world where the places for wildlife are shrinking, and nature conservation strategies are largely failing. Australia provides an interesting case study, given its recent history of industrial development (only just over 200 years ago) and still being graced with large tracts of native forested areas. Students are exposed to the challenges of conserving and managing natural and cultural heritage in the 21st century, and Australia’s unique flora and fauna are observed across climatically varied regions. Indigenous culture is fundamental to understanding the environment, and indigenous peoples’ cultural ties to the land are explored along with how these considerations are incorporated into management of protected conservation areas such as national parks and natural World Heritage sites.

Prerequisites: None.
Recommended Preparation:  ENV200H1 or equivalent or BIO120H1 or equivalent
Exclusion: ENV396Y0
Note: Students may not enrol in both the Ecuador Summer Abroad program (ENV395Y0) and the Australia Summer Abroad program (ENV396Y0) during the same summer.
ENV396H0 – 2020 Course Syllabus

Instructors: This course will be taught by a team of academics from the UNSW’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. There will also be guest lectures from staff of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Program Details

Saturday, June 20 to Sunday July 12, 2020 (3 weeks)

This will be the seventh year of the University of Toronto’s summer program in Australia. The program provides a unique opportunity to consider human impacts on the natural environment and measures to address these impacts, focusing particularly on protected conservation areas.

From its rainforests, coastlines and coral reefs to its arid interior, Australia offers a diverse range of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems to explore. Evolving from origins in ancient Gondwana and millions of years of geographic isolation, Australia boasts geographical and natural features found nowhere else in the world.

Our program partner is The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), which manages the travel logistics. The course is taught by faculty from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), parks staff and local guides.

Program activities

•   The program begins in Byron Bay with lectures and activities before moving to Sydney.

•   There will be several days of classroom study and local excursions in Sydney, including two nights in the Blue Mountains.

•   The program then moves to the Daintree Rainforest for two days and concludes in Cairns.

•   Optional activities (at an additional cost) may include:

  •   Surfing lesson
  •   Attending an event at the Sydney Opera

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles when travelling, including shared, budget-style accommodation and apartments. The cost for accommodation is $2,850 paid to U of T. Internet access is included in the program fees and will be available even in remote locations. Some meals are included in the programs fee.
Note: Students in this program cannot opt out of accommodation.

Students should budget approximately CAD$350 for a combination of self-prepared and purchased meals.

Group flight

Students enrolled in the program must purchase the group flights, organized through STA Travel for all internal flights within Australia. Students departing from North America should also book return travel to Australia (via Los Angeles) through STA Travel. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure from the course is not permitted.

The cost for the flight sequence from Los Angeles is approximate CAD$2,600. Students should also budget approximately CAD$500 for return transportation to Los Angeles from Toronto.

Additional details on the designated flights will be provided to students after they have been admitted to the program.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Australia Pre-departure Orientation on April 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry Requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on entry requirements is available from:

At of the time of publication (December 2019), Canadian citizens require a Visitor Visa OR an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) in order to enter Australia as a visitor, as well as a passport valid for six months beyond their return date. The visa can be obtained from the Australian Consulate, and the ETA is available by applying online at the website above. Citizens of other countries may have additional requirements.

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Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 3, 2020
  • Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 9, 2020

Cost of Studying in Australia

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2200 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $3355 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $180 Estimate based on 2019 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $2,500 Cost for entrance fees, guided tours, program activities and some meals
Accommodation $2,850 Includes shared accommodation in Byron Bay, Blue Mountains, Sydney and Cairns
Airfare $3,100 Estimate for all international and domestic Australian flights
Meals $350 Estimated cost for meals not included
ETA Visa for Australia $18 Estimate
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $11,398 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $12,553 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

  • Summer Abroad Bursary (2 awards at $4000 each)

Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Australia will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

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