Education Abroad Opportunities

About the Study Abroad Program

May 18, to June 11, 2017
Students depart from the United States on May 16, 2017

This 3.5-week study abroad program will examine the natural and human environments of New Zealand and Queensland, Australia. This program travels to national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, and islands of New Zealand and North Queensland under the guidance of knowledgeable field professionals. The starting point for this journey is the north island of New Zealand. Sites visited in New Zealand include the cities of Tauranga, Omanawa, and Rotorua. Next we travel to Magnetic Island near Townsville, Australia, a beautiful island with stunning beaches and abundant wildlife including a local population of koalas. You will enjoy hiking and exploring the island, while learning from local experts at prestigious institutions such as James Cook University, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. While in Queensland, you will travel to a diverse selection of fascinating sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, ancient coastal rainforests, and an eco-retreat on the edge of the Outback.

This course uses the theme of sustainable development to explore the relationship between people and their natural environment and is open to Penn State students in all majors.

Contact Alan Graefe, Study Abroad Coordinator,, in the department of RPTM for more information.

For additional information, please visit the New Zealand & Australia Study Abroad location.