About the Australia Program

Australia Program Introduction
Stanford’s program in Australian Coastal Studies offers a unique opportunity to learn about Australian culture while studying the enormous diversity of coral reefs and rainforests. This program is ideal for students interested in environmental and ecological science and policy. In collaboration with the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, Overseas Studies enrolls up to 48 students in a prearranged set of courses in marine biology and ecology of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest, as well as an introduction to Australian Studies. During the ten-week quarter, students will gain access to some of the most pristine coral reefs, rainforests, and other coastal ecosystems in the world.
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Start with a high-level introduction to the program. Learn more about the academic program, including academic prerequisites, related on-campus coursework, local learning opportunities, course credit, and cultural events and trips.
As you begin to think about your time abroad, take the time to learn about the things that will surround you. Your meals and accommodations, the local culture, and the daily city life are all important aspects of the program outside of academics that you should experience and learn from.
Important dates including Arrival/Departure, Orientation, First Day of Classes, Finals, and Holidays. Please check these dates carefully when planning your travel to and from the program, and also be aware that some dates are different from those of the corresponding quarter on campus.
Student Ambassadors share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.