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UF in North Queensland and Fiji - Sustaining Humans and their Environment
Cairns, Australia; Suva, Fiji (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 03/15/2018
03/15/2018 05/14/2018 06/19/2018

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Program Advisor: Leslie Johnson
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Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: Research, UF Sponsored
Health and Human Performance Field of Study: Tourism & Recreation Management
Program Description:

UF in North Queensland, Australia and Fiji 

Susitaning Humans and their Environment
Summer A 2018: May 14-June 19

 Fiji 1  Fiji 2  Fiji 3

About the Program

This program offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustaining human societies and their natural environments. You will spend much of your time out in the field, visiting and observing Australia and firsthand and traveling through the mainland of Fiji and one of its offshore islands with local field guides and professors with expertise in the field related to sustainability.

About the Location

The program starts on Magnetic Island off the coast of Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. You then travel inland to the Tablelands, stay on a disused gold mine in the Outback, and experience the Daintree Rainforest before spending a week in Port Douglas and Cairns, then ending in Sydney. Queensland has a tropical climate throughout the year and will be similar to Florida in March during this program. Then, you will travel to Fiji.

Fiji is known for its vibrant traditional culture and spectacular natural environments. This program will take place on Vitu Levu (the main island), Nadi, the Coral Coast, and Barefoot Manta Island, one of the Yasawa Islands.


Excursions include a snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef, animal-spotting (koalas, kangaroos, wallabies) in the ancient tropical rainforest, experiencing the Aboriginal culture and wildlife of the Outback, and a stay on a farm with an Australian family. All in-country transportation is provided, including bus, ferry and reef excursions. In Fiji, you will snorkel coral reefs, visit a Fijian craft market and Kula Wild Adventure Park, kayaking class II rapids with Rivers Fiji, and spend a night with a Fijian family in a village. All in-country transportation is provided, including bus, ferry and reef excursions. You should be prepared to move and travel frequently while in the field.


  • Open to all majors
  • Students in good standing
  • 2.5 GPA or higher

Explore the Relationship Between People and their Nature and Social Environments Using the Theme of Sustainable Development.

Learn through Experience, Spending 75% of your Time Traveling in the Field Traveling through the Rainforests, the Outback, Marine Environments, and the Islands of Australia.

Conduct an Ethnography of an Australian Farming Family.

Take Part in a Study Assessing the Health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Examine Human and Cultural Aspects of Fijian Society with a Focus on Ecotourism and Sustainability.

Experience a Successful Ecotourism Business Firsthand while Kayaking Down the Rapids.

Conduct an Ethnography in a Fijian Village.

Conduct a Study of an Island Tourism Resort.

Course Information

College of Health and Human Performance
Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management
Course is taught by UF Faculty and independent Australian experts for 9 UF GPA credits (6 credits obtained during the North Queensland portion and 3 credits during Fiji)

LEI 4955/LEI 6931 Humans and the Environment
Total number of Credits Offered: 9 UF GPA


You will stay in comfortable hostel-style accommodations usually shared by 1-3 other students. If traveling with someone, you may request to room with that person for the duration of the trip. At one of the more remote locations, you will stay in safari-style tents. In Fiji, you will stay in a variety of lodgings, including a budget hotel, beach side bures and one night with a Fijian family.

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

2018 Pricing

2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $10,157
2018 Graduate Program Fee: $10,901

$700 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses. Deferment decision will be based on the amount of aid to be received.

What's Included:

Tuition for 9 credits, all accommodations, in-country transportation, lectures and seminars, all field excursions and entrance fees, some meals, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare, some meals, course packet, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Leslie Johnson


Faculty Program Director
Dr. Heather Gibson


This program is currently not accepting applications.