Field & International Experiences: Queensland over images of mountains, a snorkeler and coral, and a white sand beach from above

Field and International Experiences: Queensland over images of city skyline at night, kangaroo in forest, and coral reef.


Join us as we travel to the Land Down Under for 3 weeks in the field, gaining an understanding of the environmental, economic, political, and sociocultural characteristics and issues that shape space, place, and society in one of Australia’s most populated and environmentally threatened coastal regions. Focusing on the dynamics of coupled natural and human systems, students will explore and apply a wide range of field techniques – observational, analytic, and interpretive - working with UW faculty, local experts, and community members.

Instructors: Maggie Bourque Jeff Hamerlinck

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DATES & CREDITS Our Queensland international course is offered every other year. The course includes the following required components:

  • March 20 - May 5: Online Asynchronous ENR 4890/5890 Exploring Queensland's Human & Physical Landscapes (3)

  • mid-May to mid-June: travel to Brisbane

    Activities and Topics:

    - place identity and neighborhood experience mapping in Brisbane

    - tour the Brisbane River and learn about the impacts of floods, historical land use, and population booms on urban planning

    - experience the intersections of recreation, land conservation, and local economic development with locals, NGOs, and land managers in ecologically crucial coastal areas with population and tourism pressures

    - local agriculture tours near Mooloolaba in the Sunshine Coast hinterlands; browse the Eumundi market and experience local food, crafts, art, antiques, music, and culture

    - learn cultural history and explore relationships of people and place in the Glasshouse Mountains

    - observe diverse ecoregions including rainforests to coastal dunes, coral cays and everglades; learn about unique fauna at the Australia Zoo

    - theorize, witness, and process climate change impacts, loss, and resilience on the Great Barrier Reef

Upcoming programs: 2023, 2025, 2027

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REQUIREMENTS & ADMISSION Program admission is dependent upon application and interview. Open to all UW students with junior, senior, or graduate standing, or consent of instructors. Preference given to students enrolled in Haub School programs. Students will need a passport valid for travel to Australia*. 

*Additional requirements may apply.

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PROGRAM FEE Includes visa fees, all lodging, in-country transportation (including private bus, air travel, ferry, and public transportation), entrance fees, and some meals. 

The course fee does not include round trip airfare, some meals, UW Education Abroad fee, UW travel insurance, or UW tuition and fees for summer credits. 

Program Fee 2023: TBD, ~$4500

Program Dates 2023: May 17 - June 9, 2023

Additional financial assistance is available.


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group of students looking at rainforest trees


student petting koala


group of students walking in ocean


a student using binoculars at a beach


groups of students canoeing


student with helmet rides motorized scooter in city


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group of student posing with statues


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two students looking at a shipwreck in the ocean

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Zayne snorkels with turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.

"The coral cay island sits on the great barrier reef and offers its visitors an opportunity to experience the extreme biodiversity that calls the region home. In two days, I saw sea turtles, sharks, bull rays, octopus, and many other sea creatures. Getting to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef was one of the most unique and cherished experiences of my life." Keep reading


2023 Update we are currently accepting applications for 2023 field programs and international courses. 


Please contact Field & International Program Coordinator Melanie Matthews -

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