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Study Abroad Program Overview

Explore Australia’s beautiful and varied landscapes, as well as its famous cities, as you choose one of four different courses geared and tailored toward a variety of academic disciplines and interests.  You’ll begin your course in Darwin, including a weekend expedition into Kakadu National Park.  Depending on your course, you’ll then travel to locations such as Sydney (including the UNSW Kensington campus), Canberra, Melbourne, the Daintree Rainforest, or the Blue Mountains National Park.  Students in all four courses come together at the end of the program in tropical Cairns, home of the Great Barrier Reef.
Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



​5 weeks
Summer :  
​mid-June to late July 








​Extension of participation to other EAP programs in Australia is not an option.


These are traveling courses and, as such, the participants in each course will be accommodated together and travelling as a group throughout the summer session. For example:
  • Students in Darwin stay in a backpacker’s inn with four to six in a room and shared bathrooms.
  • During the camping trip to Kakadu National Park, students camp in tents and meals are provided.
  • In Canberra students are housed in shared hostel rooms at the Canberra YHA, which is a modern facility with a café and kitchen.
  • In Sydney students are accommodated in single rooms in one of the residential colleges on the UNSW campus.
  • In Cairns students are accommodated in the Rydges Esplanade Hotel.

Extracurricular Activities

On-site Support

​For this program, faculty and local staff from the University of New South Wales provide structure and assistance. Students will also be supported by the UCEAP Australia Study Center, which is located in Melbourne.

EAP students are further supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and by partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world.

Course Opportunities


Energy Tomorrow: An Engineering and Management Perspective (Darwin/Kakadu, Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns): Explore energy and sustainability, with a focus on new developments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.  Lectures are taught by some of the world’s leaders in the field, who will cover a variety of topics including emerging energy technologies, sustainable development, energy storage and energy’s relation to process industries.  [Introduction] [Course book]

Tourism and Event Management, Sustaining the Attractions of Australia (Darwin/Kakadu, Melbourne, Kensington, Gold Coast, Cairns):  Tourism is Australia’s largest industry.  This case study-based course combines theory with real-life tourism and event management issues, providing a uniquely engaging and enriching way of learning how Australia is addressing the challenge of sustainability.  Students will discover the marketing and management techniques used to create such impressive growth, while conserving natural and heritage environments.  [Introduction] [Course book]

Australian Environment, Wildlife, and Conservation (Darwin/Kakadu, Sydney/Blue Mountains National Park, Cairns/Daintree Rainforest): Gain an understanding of Australia’s ecosystem through a variety of disciplines including environmental science, sociology, cultural studies, geography and environmental policy. Students will also examine how humans and industry have shaped the landscape and the cultural connection Australia has to conservation and nature. This course assumes no previous college-level biology coursework, but also gives biology students the chance to expand their knowledge, particularly in terms of environmental management.  [Introduction] [Course book]


    ​You will take a full-time course of study while abroad; 10 UC quarter units (6.7 semester units)
    are required (one of the four program options listed above).

    Internships, Research, and Independent Study

    Internships and independent study for academic credit are not possible in this program.​

    The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia​

    The University of New South Wales, Sydney 
    Though much of the program is spent travelling to different locations throughout Australia, all participants will be able to experience student life at the University of New South Wales during their course. UNSW is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, 20 minutes from downtown Sydney and Sydney Harbor. The university offers extensive science, technology, environment, and engineering courses. It is also known for its multidisciplinary programs, which include Asian and Australian studies, gender studies, marine sciences, and media and popular culture.
    Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
    Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

    Estimated EAP Costs *

    OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
    Fall202416$7,850 - 8,225$11,950 - 13,600
    Spring202416$8,000 - 8,175$12,475 - 12,725
    * Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

    1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

    2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

    All fees are subject to change without notice.

    These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
    Here’s what is included in the estimate:
    • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
    • Round-trip transportation from California
    • UC fees
    • Tuition at host institution
    • Accident and medical insurance
    • On-site orientation
    • Room and board
    • Program excursions
    • Books and other incidental expenses
    • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
    While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


    UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


    Class Level:

    Junior, Senior, Graduate

    Language Prerequisites:



    2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
    GPA Note: • University of Sydney and University of Queensland require 3.0 cumulative GPA.

    All applicants must also have:

    • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
    • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
    • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
    • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

    Application Information and Deadlines

    Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

    Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

    For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

    These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of New South Wales.

    Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: