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Univ. of Tasmania Sustainability and Wilderness Studies

Study Abroad Program Overview

The University of Tasmania’s interdisciplinary Sustainability and Wilderness Studies program welcomes high-performing students with a passion for sustainability issues and a focus on putting theory into practice. Spend a semester immersed in issues most pertinent to the Australian island state of Tasmania, home of the Australian environmental movement and the world’s very first Green party. In addition to themed coursework and opportunities to explore a variety of wilderness areas, you will also learn about how your new expertise and experience can help your career after graduation.

Sustainability Studies: Students will work on a sustainability project with real-world impact over the course of the semester in an environment located within easy reach of some of the most unusual wilderness in the world.

Wilderness Studies: These courses are for students interested in gaining a wide interdisciplinary understanding of natural environments and wilderness, and developing natural environment and wilderness knowledge. Students gain a broad understanding of the field as well as the option for specialization in a particular area of interest. The program also develops a wide range of general abilities including:

• communication skills;
• data collection skills;
• analytical skills;
• information retrieval, manipulation and presentation skills;
• and the ability to work across traditional discipline areas.
Several courses offered in this program will overlap in the two areas of focus: Sustainability and Wilderness Studies.


Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Fall :  
​July to mid-November

Spring :  
February to late June

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​University of Tasmania Accommodation Services offers affordable and convenient on-campus accommodation, all with million dollar views. To get a jumpstart on the best housing options, you can plan apply for accommodation even before you’ve received your letter of offer from UTAS.

Extracurricular Activities

Hobart is a creative town and home to the infamous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) which holds a series of arts festivals across the year including MOFO, DarkMOFO and CineMOFO.
Tasmania is a hiker’s paradise. One fifth of the island is World Heritage-listed, so there is plenty of pristine wilderness to explore including Cradle Mountain, the Overland track and Freycinet National Park.

On-site Support

​You will be fully supported by the UCEAP Resident Director and Program Administrator, located at the UCEAP Study Center in Melbourne, Australia. Further support will be offered by  
the University of Tasmania's Student Mobility office on the Hobart campus.

Course Opportunities

The program allows you to participate in the University of Tasmania's award-winning Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS).
You will be enrolled in four courses:
  • One internship project or research project 
  • Two courses from the Sustainability Studies list
  • One course from any other department at UTAS
Note: You may substitute the Sustainability Studies courses with courses taught at any other department if they better align with your academic and/or professional interests.

Examples of U. Tasmania's sustainability studies courses previously offered during their Term I (Feb- June) include Global Food SecuritySustainable Resource Management, Sustainable Tourism, Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments, Global Geographies of Change, and Conserving Nature in Landscapes.

Sustainability studies courses previously offered at U. Tasmania during Term II  (Jul-Oct) include Global Political Ecology, Engaging with Sustainability, Environmental & Resource Economics, Environmental Management, Green Criminology & Environmental Crime, and
Wilderness & Natural Environment (includes field work).

Use the following resources to learn more about course options:

  • The University of Tasmania online catalog
      • Note: Australia is located in the southern hemisphere and follows a different academic calendar than the U.S. Term 1 of the Australian academic year begins in February, with Term 2 following in late July. When searching for courses at your host institution, keep in mind that you will enroll in Term 1 courses if you are a UCEAP Spring participant and Term 2 courses if you are a UCEAP Fall participant. Sequential course series are set up accordingly.
  • Use the MyEAP Course Catalog to search for courses previously taken by UC students.
    Additional courses may be available at host institutions or program locations and not all courses may still be offered. (As this is a new program and courses have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog at this time).


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester; usually four 6 quarter/4 semester UC unit courses or 50 UTAS units (12.5 UTAS units each course).

Research and Independent Study

​A research or internship project is an integral part of this program. 

The University of Tasmania and the Hobart Campus
The University of Tasmania is in the top 2% of world universities (QS, THE, ARWU) and has an exceptional record for innovative and high-quality teaching. Its main campus is located in the harbour town of Hobart. With a population of 225,000, Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and the southernmost city in Australia; yet one is never far from "mainland" Australia. By plane, it’s only one hour to Melbourne, two hours to Sydney, and three hours to Brisbane.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


The University of Tasmnaia Sustainabiliy Integration Program f​or Students (SIPS) offers UCEAP students a credit-bearing internship and research opportunities which will be overseen by UTAS faculty.

Setting Up Your Internship
Once you have been issued your official offer from the University of Tasmania, you will liaise with the UTAS SIPS Coordinator, Dr. Millie Rooney, to plan a 100-hour research or internship project (approx. 1 day per week throughout the semester). 

To receive UC credit for your project, the UCEAP Study Center in Australia will ask you to complete the UCEAP Special Study form.

Additional Information

Past SIPS internships/research projects have included:
  • An energy audit of student accommodation and a report recommending various  sustainability retrofits
  • Developing and running the UTAS Ride to Uni breakfast
  • Assisting in the development and roll out of a campus furniture recycling  scheme.
  • A peak oil risk assessment for UTAS
  • A study of campus food waste
  • A study of perceptions of recycling activities at UTAS 

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* 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.


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.

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. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

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