Program Information
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Winter 2023: Australia Environmental Restoration GEOG - micro
January 06, 2023 - January 21, 2023 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

photos courtesy of the University of Queensland

Program Notes
Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 8-11 weeks (2-3 months) to process a passport.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees and tuition.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.
Program Description
A field course on environmental and social aspects of mining that will include a field visit to the world's second largest sand island in Australia. The course will consider ways of effectively developing ecological and social restoration plans after a mining operation finishes its operational cycle. Minerals are essential for modern society and understanding the extraction process as well as the impacts and benefits that modern mining can deliver is best appreciated in the field. Australia is one of the world's largest mineral producers with an advanced system of environmental and social impact assessment of mining sites - hence the choice location for this program.

The course will be based in Brisbane, Queensland - known as "Australia's New World City" and be affiliated with the University of Queensland which is ranked among the world's top fifty universities. We will visit Stradbroke Island, the site of titanium sands mining for many decades and also a coal mining site. In addition to guest lectures from Australian faculty we will also have an opportunity to interact with local government officials, community organizations and Aboriginal leaders in Queensland.

Students will reside on the campus of the University of Queensland which is situated alongside the Brisbane River with one of the most picturesque campus settings in Australia. All meals will be provided at the university but there will also be ample opportunities to explore eateries around town. As part of our excursions on the weekend we will also visit the world-famous Australia Zoo, started by the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and still run by his family.

The 3-credit version of the course for undergraduates will have a sharp focus on skills development and will satisfy the field requirement for environmental studies and sciences majors. There will also be a graduate level offering of the course run concurrently.

The learning objectives for the course will be as follows:
  • Understanding the Lifecycle of Mines approach to ecological planning of nonrenewable resource development
  • Delineating key issues in ecological restoration of degraded landscapes
  • Incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into restoration plans
  • Developing corporate-community conflict resolution mechanisms to ensure a smooth restoration and post-mining economy.
The course will follow an experiential learning approach where lecture delivery and learning will happen in the field through observational techniques that will be taught to students and evaluated through a course journal. This course will also satisfy the field requirement for the graduate certificate in mineral, materials and society for those students who may later want to avail of that certification opportunity.

The Program Fee includes campus housing, all program-related events and excursions, most meals, in-country transportation, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Australia, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Brisbane. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.
ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
NOTE: Undergraduate students enroll in GEOG 467 for 3 credits, while graduate students enroll in GEOG 667 for 2 credits. Tuition is charged based on student status (undergraduate or graduate). The rates that appear below are for 3 undergraduate credits.
GEOG 667: Ecological and Social Restoration of Mineral Landscapes (2 credits)
Field course focused on site visit to mining site and meetings with indigenous communities in Australia impacted by mining. The learning objectives for the course will be as follows: understanding the Lifecycle of Mines approach to ecological planning of nonrenewable resource development; delineating key issues in ecological restoration of degraded landscapes; incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into restoration plans; and developing corporate-community conflict resolution mechanisms to ensure a smooth restoration and post-mining economy. The course will follow an experiential learning approach where lecture delivery and learning will happen in the field through observational techniques that will be taught to students and evaluated through a course journal.
UNIV 370-207: Study Abroad: Australia Environmental Restoration GEOG (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $2,300.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,671.00$4,485.00
Final Program Fee$2,400.00$2,400.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$4,101.00$6,915.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,300.00$2,300.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onOctober 28, 2022
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 29, 2022
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Saleem Ali
Faculty Director
220 Pearson Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.