Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment (ANTH/ECOL/ANTH... 4271/6271)


This program focuses on sustainable development with electives in natural history, animal behavior, or business sustainability in both Australia and New Zealand.



















The New Zealand portion of the program is spent on the South Island of New Zealand, where the kiwi image of 100% Pure, Clean, and Green is arguably most evident. Known as the adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere, there are mountains rising 14,000 feet out of the sea, the largest fiords in the world, rainforests, massive glaciers carving their way to the ocean, thermal hotsprings, and volcanoes. New Zealand’s isolation has spurred the development of a unique natural heritage: Plants and animals have evolved here that are unknown anywhere else. We travel the breadth of the South Island from the deep south in Fiordlands National Park to the northern coastal town of Kaikoura.


The Australia portion of the program includes Sydney, considered one of the world’s best places to live and play, the Great Barrier Reef (where we stay at the eco-resort of Lady Elliot Island), the vast expanse of the Outback (to explore the wildlife and indigenous art of Carnarvon Gorge), the modern and sophisticated city of Brisbane (within a short drive of the Gold Coast) and either Tropical Rainforest (in Binna Burra) or the surfing beach town of Noosa (Sunshine Coast).


The following sites and activities are included in the program: Snorkel (or dive) the Great Barrier Reef, hike Carnarvon Gorge and get up close with some of Australia’s unique wildlife, and several days in the cities of Sydney and Brisbane. In New Zealand you will have the opportunity to hike Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, visit a traditional sheep farm in the high country, cruise Fiordland National Park, stay in the remote and beautiful Doubtful Sound, visit the capital of extreme/adventure sports in Queenstown, and swim with wild dolphins in Kaikoura. There is a strong cultural emphasis throughout both program, exploring the historical and contemporary lives of the indigenous peoples of Australia (the Aborigine) and New Zealand (Maori).


The program is open to all students from UGA and from other institutions (non-UGA students pay in-state tuition), and no prior knowledge is assumed. An optional add-on 8-day program in Fiji (3 credits), 17-day service-learning program in Fiji (4 credits), or 13 days in Tahiti (3 credits) in early June is available at the end of this program. Email and or/download the sample itinerary for more information. Click here to apply now.



Select any two courses from the following (4271 must be taken for at least 4 credits); for example you can take 4 credits of ANTH 4271 and 3 credits of BIOL 3720L, or 4 credits of INTL 4271 and 3 credits of INTB 5100, or 4 credits of ANTH 4271 and 3 credits of FDNS 5710, or 4 credits of GEOG 4271 and 3 credits of FANR 4271:


For more information about programs, dates, and costs, please visit Discover Abroad UGA