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  • Locations: Alice Springs, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Fraser Island, Australia; Mission Beach, Australia; Port Douglas, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Tyrconnell, Australia; Yulara, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


SHESC Australia Group Photo

SHESC Group w Kangaroo

SHESC Australia

Quick Facts

  • May 17- June 11, 2020

  • 6-credit program
  • Program fee includes
    • Round trip international airfare from LAX to Australia 
    • All domestic flights within Australia
    • ASU tuition
    • Lodging
    • Transportation for all program activities
    • Entrance fees to group activities
    • International health insurance
    • Some group meals
Example Lecture Topics
  • Aboriginal Australian & Torres Strait Islander Health & Wellness

  • Remote Emergency Health Care Delivery

  • Maternal and Child Health

  • Health Care Access & Equity

  • Water Systems Management in Australia

  • Water Parasitology

  • Great Barrier Reef Ecology

  • Australian Mammals

  • Rain Forest, Savannah, and Semi-Arid Ecosystems

  • How to Implement Sustainable Water Practices

  • Traditional Survival in Harsh Environments

Adventure Learning Activities

  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

  • Kayak the Tully River in the rainiest part of Australia

  • Canoe through the intertidal mangrove on Fraser Island

  • Walk in the Daintree Rainforest

  • Ride camels to watch the sunset at Uluru

  • Camp under the stars near a mine from the 1800s

  • Hike overlooking the Pacific Ocean, keeping an eye out for migrating whales

Through lectures and activities, we will gain knowledge to more critically and comprehensively tackle the major challenges we face in our rapidly-changing world.
Importantly, if you are new to adventure travel, you can rely on our highly-trained faculty, guides, and experts to support your adventure study abroad. No matter your experience or skill level, this program is for you!

(all photos by Katie Hinde on the 2017 and 2018 programs)


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



SHESC Australia Fraser Island

SHESC Australia Reef

SHESC Australia Uluru Kata


Location Details


This is a traveling program that visits multiple locations across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Port Douglas, Atherton, and Alice Springs. Some of the biggest highlights are the time we spend at five sites of such exceptional cultural and natural importance, they have been recognized for their “outstanding universal value” and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List:
This largest sand island on earth contains remnant rainforest and closed lake systems. We will drive on the 75-mile beach “highway” keeping our eyes peeled for one of the resident dingoes.

In the Coral Sea we will snorkel the world’s largest reef system. Coral reefs are the most diverse and dense ecosystems and the GBR is threatened by agricultural runoff and global warming. We will see examples of rich, living coral systems as well as bleached, dying, and dead coral communities and talk with researchers racing to understand coral resilience. 

We will hike into Mossman Gorge amongst the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on earth. Considered the “evolutionary cradle for much of Australia’s plant and wildlife species” this rainforest has lasted for over 135 million years, since before Gondwana broke apart and Australia became separated from other continents.
In many ways, the sacred heart of the Red Centre of Australia, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is jointly overseen by the Australian National Park Service and the traditional owners, the Anangu Aboriginal people. Aboriginal Australians are the longest persisting cultures among humankind, surviving in this desert landscape for over 50,000 years and effectively managing a sustainable ecosystem.

A sculpture masquerading as a building, the Sydney Opera House is recognized as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity.” Formally opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is the youngest cultural site to have been designated World Heritage. A triumph of design and engineering, the sailing ship silhouette celebrating art, inside and out, is further enhanced by the sea of international visitors standing side-by-side, united in awe.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to all students regardless of major or minor. Students in global health, health-related majors (pre-med, pre-nursing), sustainability, SOLS degrees biology & society, and sustainable tourism will particularly find program lectures and activities relevant to their areas of study.
  • 2.5 GPA or higher. If your GPA is below a 2.5, please submit an academic letter of recommendation from an ASU professor or advisor in order to be considered for participation.
  • Must have completed 24 credit hours (Sophomore standing); Students are welcome to apply to participate during the 1st or 2nd semester of their Freshman year but they must have Sophomore standing (24 credit hours) by the time that the program travels abroad in the summer.
  • Program is open to non-ASU students and non-degree seeking students. Non-ASU students should view the following application instructions.


Australia has a beautiful and arid landscape, and unique plants and animals that defied the comprehension of early European observers. But Aboriginal Australians & Torres Strait Islanders, representing the longest continuous cultural tradition in the world, adapted to the unique conditions across Australia over 50,000 years, developing technologies, beliefs and lifeways completely tied to the land. Two hundred years of colonization and more recent processes of urbanization and globalization have brought massive environmental, social, and political changes to the continent with critical implications for its future sustainability.

Students must enroll in 6 credits, or 2 courses, from the list below.

  • ASB 443/SSH 403 (6): Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health - Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General (L or SB) & G
  • ASM 414/SOS 414 (3): Urban and Environmental Health - Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General Studies SB
  • SOS 320 (3): Society & Sustainability - L or SB
SHESC Australia Guest Lecture

SHESC Australia Kayaking

SHESC Australia Museum Visit

SHESC Australia Nursery


Faculty Director 

Katie Hinde, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Center for Evolution and Medicine
Phone: 480-727-4000

Professor Katie Hinde is a biocultural anthropologist who studies maternal and child health in a global context and is an expert in mammalian development and animal behavior. She has traveled to six continents, adventuring and researching in diverse and challenging conditions. Professor Hinde has directed this study abroad since 2017 and went on a clinical speaking tour in Sydney, Brisbane, & Melbourne in 2018 for the Australian Breastfeeding Association. 

Additional Faculty

Lenora Ott
Instructional Designer 
Center for Evolution and Medicine
Phone: 480-965-9945

Lenora Ott is a dedicated Sun Devil alumna with a Master of Science in Global Technology and Development and Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology. Outside of her instructional design work, she focuses on the integration of education, human rights, anthropology, and educational technology. She has worked on mentoring projects with students for over 8 years, and enjoys creating pivotal college experiences for those students at ASU and beyond. She has been to 6 countries and enjoys making that list longer every year!

Katie Hinde
Dr. Hinde

Lenora Ott-Egypt Lenora Ott


Brisbane, Story Bridge

Program Housing


Throughout our time in Australia we will stay in a variety of accommodations including hostel, hotel, eco-resort, vacation apartment, dorm, cabin, and for two nights- glamping in tents under the stars.

In urban locations, accommodations are centrally-located near museums, galleries, restaurants, and public parks and gardens. Students share rooms and bathrooms, but have their own separate, individual bed and will only be housed with other students from the program.

About half of all meals are included in the program and in the majority of accommodations, students will have access to kitchens to store food and prepare meals when not included in the program.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The Community Health and Ecosystem Sustainability in Australia program does include some lectures in a classroom, but most of the learning experiences will be outside (while walking). The program includes activities like swimming, kayaking, hiking and walking. Students with mobility limitations may have some difficulty participating in one or more of these activities. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $7,995

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, round trip international airfare from LAX to Australia, all domestic flights within Australia, all housing, excursions, cultural events, international health insurance, ground transportation in country, and some group meals.
Not included: ASU student fees, round trip airfare to LAX from point of origin, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel, and other personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/03/2020
Rolling Admission 05/17/2020 06/11/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.