Study Abroad Program Overview
The Marine Biology and Terrestrial Ecology program is offered through the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences. At the School of Biological Sciences, you will find innovative research and instruction about the diverse marine ecosystems of Queensland. Join in on the world-class research that is conducted on such subjects as coral reefs, environmentally clean beaches, salt marshes, and more at the research stations and teaching facilities. EAP’s program consists of lectures, laboratory studies, and extensive field study at the Heron Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef, the Moreton Bay Research Station, and other locations in coastal Queensland.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
mid-August to late November
You will be assigned to a homestay with an Australian family. During field activities you will be accommodated in field stations.
For more about housing, please see the housing section of Your Program Guide
EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. University of Queensland faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into Australian culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
(PDF) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
This program has a predetermined curriculum designed for UC students. Students enroll in two required courses: Marine Biology (13 quarter/8.7 semester UC units) and Human and Terrestrial Ecology (8 quarter/5.3 semester UC units).
- Obtain a comprehensive overview of marine biology in the context of the unique marine life that inhabits the seas surrounding Australia
- Learn about "real world" science by being immersed in original research projects in marine biology
- Be exposed to Australian marine biology through topics such as the evolution of fish diversity and the ecology of distinctive marine habitats
- Examine current issues in marine conservation such as algal blooms, the sustainability of fisheries, aquaculture, climate change, coral bleaching, and the future of coral reefs
- Undertake original marine biology research projects during extended field trips to the University of Queensland's marine biology research stations at North Stradbroke Island in Moreton bay, and Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef
Human and Terrestrial Ecology
- Obtain a complete overview of Australian terrestrial ecology, beginning with the physical factors that define the landscape such as geology, climate, and fire
- Explore Australia's biological heritage in terms of the ancient Gondwanan rainforests
- Investigate how physical challenges have shaped the evolution of plants that now define quintessentially Australian habitats
- Survey the continent’s unique animal life
- Examine the conservation of Australian biodiversity and learn to appreciate differences among terrestrial ecosystems in different parts of the globe
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester are required; two intensive courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent research is a core component of this program. Internships are not an option through this program.
The University of Queensland, Brisbane
The University of Queensland, one of Australia’s premier research institutions, was founded in 1910 as the first university in Queensland and the fifth in Australia. More than 38,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, including approximately 7,500 international students from 124 countries. The university, which is located in St. Lucia, a near suburb of Brisbane, is known for high-quality course work; excellent museums and research facilities including an anthropology museum, an antiquities museum, and an art museum with the largest known university collection of Australian art; and marine research stations at the Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island, Pinjarra Hills, and Moreton Bay. Most Health Science courses (Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Occupational and Speech Therapy, and Vet Science courses) are not open to exchange students. (CRICOS 00025B)
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.
* 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:
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.
- 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
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Important Eligibility Requirements
Field activities are a major component of the program and they are physically demanding. Students must be able to swim* and be prepared to participate in extensive and long-distance walks over extremely rough and sometimes remote terrain. Living with a host family is an essential component of the program while away from research stations. Students need to be flexible and tolerant to adjust to living with a host family. In addition, they should be prepared for a daily commute of one or more hours to the university on days when not in the field (approximately 25 days of the program).
*Swimming Pre-requisite: Participants must successfully demonstrate basic swimming ability and reasonable confidence in the water.
Basic Swimming Skills include:
1. Ability to time breaths while swimming
2. Back motionless floating
3. Gliding through water
In the first week of the program students will be tested on swimming proficiency. Participants must be able to complete a swimming test consisting of, at minimum:
10 minutes of continuous swimming, demonstrating at least two strokes
1 minute of treading water
1 minute of motionless floating
While program staff will be present during in-water activities to supervise snorkeling and demonstrate data collection techniques, they are neither able nor qualified to devote time to teaching individual students to swim. The program cannot accommodate any changes in the curriculum and/or credit-bearing activities for students who cannot swim.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Field activities are a major component of the program and they are physically demanding. Students must be prepared to participate in extensive and long-distance walks over extremely rough and sometimes remote terrain.
Living with a host family is an essential component of the program while away from research stations. Students need to be flexible and tolerant to adjust to living with a host family. In addition, they should be prepared for a daily commute of one or more hours to the university on days when not in the field (approximately 25 days of the program).
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 Queensland.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: