Study abroad opportunity focuses on culture and the environment

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Date: Friday, December 7, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Applications are currently being accepted for a study abroad opportunity in Australia that will explore the relationship between people and their natural environment. The three-and-a-half-week experiential program, offered by the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo in cooperation with American Universities International Programs (AUIP), takes place in Queensland May 19 - June 13, 2013. The application deadline is February 1, 2013.

UH Hilo Biology Professor Dr. William Mautz and local field experts will spend their time traveling the national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines and islands of North Queensland, which boasts some of the most diverse natural resources in the Southern Hemisphere.

The program begins on Magnetic Island, offshore from the city of Townsville, with classes taught by experts from the University of Queensland, James Cook University and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, followed by a three-week field study of North Queensland.

Field activities include snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef, a hike in the Daintree Rainforest, interaction with Aboriginal culture, a home stay with an Australian family, encounters with endemic species such as the koala and kangaroo, participation in service learning projects, and a visit to the remote Outback.

The program awards six semester credits (Humans and the Environment) and is suitable for students of all backgrounds and majors.

For more information, contact Carolina Lam at (808) 933-8810, or visit

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