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ASU: Sustainability, Park Management and Tourism in Australia and Fiji
Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Coral Coast, Fiji; Gold Coast, Australia; Nadi, Fiji (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Sustainability, Tourism
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
Internships Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Carmen Pitz
College Sponsor:
College of Public Service & Community Solutions
Department/School Sponsor:
School of Community Resources & Development
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details




Quick Facts

  • July 14 - August 6, 2018 
  • Designed to educate students in the real world with an abundance of guest lectures in hotels, national parks, on beaches and in cafes, students will learn while they experience life in Australia and Fiji.
  • Program courses focus on tourism, park management, and how they both are affected by and affect sustainable development.
  • Inclusive program fee including ASU tuition, lodging, breakfasts, transportation for all program activities, entrance fees to group academic and cultural excursions, and international health insurance.

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.



Location Details

Our program starts in Fiji where we will spend 6 days visiting national parks, volunteering, and getting to know all that this beautiful island has to offer.  After getting to know the culture and spirit of Fiji, and learning about their sustainability issues and how they approach tourism and park management, we fly to Brisbane to go kayaking and spend the night before we head off to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.  The Gold Coast, with its good weather, beautiful beaches and breathtaking skyline is a major draw for millions of international and domestic visitors each year. Surfers Paradise along with the other pristine and easily accessible beaches on the Gold Coast is a thriving hub with its diverse outdoor cafes, restaurants, fashion scene and nightlife. The village atmosphere offers an almost European feel as you walk the streets and choose from one of the many multi award winning restaurants or chic coffee houses along Surf Parade, or perhaps spoil yourself at one of the trendy eateries in Broadbeach Mall.  We will spend 12 days exploring this part of Australia before heading to Lamington National Park with its lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty.  The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area are an outstanding place to research and visit.  Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and Campsite where we will be spending two nights, has been named one of the world's top 10 eco-lodges and green hotels. It is the only resort in the Asia-Pacific region to be honored by The Independent Traveler, an international travel advisory company. The Lodge was chosen from thousands of properties around the world for their location, outstanding amenities and commitment to conservation. For the final portion of our trip we will fly to Queensland's Far North.  The tropical, wild and rugged location is a stunning destination and tourist mecca. Though geographically small, the region contains the richest pocket of bio-diversity in Australia, if not the world. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park offers spectacular reefs, and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area contains ancient rainforest and pristine white-sand beaches. Cairns, distinguished as an international and domestic player in both tourism and business, is the center of tourism for the region and is packed with hotels, restaurants and shops catering to the tourism industry. Additionally, this region is renowned for its myriad of day tours and adventure activities - white water rafting, bungee jumping, scuba diving, bush walking, trail riding and much more. Inland from Cairns is the picturesque Atherton Tableland, teeming with waterfalls.

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

The program is open to all qualified students in good standing (2.0 G.P.A.).

No prerequisites required for study abroad courses. 


Students will sign up for 6 credits. Traditional lectures will be supplemented with guest lectures and field visits that will provide real world examples for additional discussion based seminars. Students will be assessed on a combination of papers, exams and projects depending on the courses they are enrolled in.

Students will sign up for 2 of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:

PRM 370 Land Use Management (3)

PRM/TDM/SOS 494 Park Management in Australia and Fiji (3)

TDM 458 International Tourism (G) (3)

TDM 480 Sustainable Tourism (3)



Faculty Director

Rebekka Goodman, PhD.
Lecturer, Program Director Masters of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism
School of Community Resources and Development
Phone: 602-496-1054

Additional Faculty:

Megha Budruk, PhD.
Associate Professor
School of Community Resources and Development
Phone: 602-496-0171




Program Housing

In Fiji, students will stay in comfortable dorm style housing located near the beach and all amenities needed.  While in Surfers Paradise, students will be staying 3-4 in small apartment style accommodations at a centrally located hotel. These clean and spacious 2 room apartments have a large bathroom along with a refrigerator and simple cooking facilities.  Lectures will be held in the conference room at the hotel and in the field.  Accommodations at Binna Burra are for 2 nights and are rustic with 4 students per cabin and shared bathroom facilities for all students. Lectures will be held in the park, a short 10-minute walk from the cabins.  In Cairns we will be in another centrally located hostel.  Students will be housed 4-6 per room with shared bathroom facilities.  Lectures will be held in the field on excursions and at the hostel.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $6,985.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, lodging, most meals, transportation for all program activities, entrance fees to group academic and cultural excursions, and international health insurance.

This specific program includes the following:

  • Lecture on Marketing and Sustainability in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (visit to the sanctuary included)
  • Whale Watching and Guest Lecture
  • Guest Lectures by local restaurant owners on tourism and sustainable food sourcing (lunch included)
  • Guest Lectures by faculty at Griffith University
  • Guest Lecture by the engineer and manager of the Marriot Hotel and the manager of the Islander Backpackers Resort
  • Cooking class at Mt. Tambourine National Park using locally grown ingredients
  • Mt. Tambourine winery tour and lecture on wine tourism, glow worm caves
  • Lecture by Park Ranger and Manager at Springbrook National Park (entrance fee included)
  • Lecture by the head of Gold Coast Tourism
  • Full day EcoTour of Moreton Bay Island
  • 2 nights in Binna Burra national Park with half-day orienteering excursion
  • Guided nocturnal spotlighting tour of the park, lectures by Binna Burra staff on public vs. private park issues, biodiversity and tourism
  • Rainforest Day Trip-Aboriginal Cultural Day
  • Guest Lecture by head of CaPTA (successful local tourism operators group)
  • Full day visit to the Great Barrier Reef, including snorkeling (SCUBA if certified is extra but available)
  • Guest Lectures on environmental damage to the reef and marine park management challenges
  • Full day Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walk and Daintree River Cruise
  • Guest Lecture from the manager of Pacific International Hotel
  • Final dinner at Ochre Restaurant including highly localized menu of emu, kangaroo and crocodile

Not included: ASU fees, international and domestic airfare, additional meals, optional activities, shopping, souvenirs, etc

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.


  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission 07/08/2017 08/03/2017
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/14/2018 08/06/2018
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