University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2023: Australia Environmental Restoration GEOG - micro

Program Dates January 06, 2023 - January 21, 2023 (dates are tentative)

Program Overview 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.

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: 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.

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 467: Ecological and Social Restoration of Mineral Landscapes (2 credits)
GEOG 667: Ecological and Social Restoration of Mineral Landscapes (2 credits)
UNIV 370-207: Study Abroad: Australia Environmental Restoration GEOG (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$1,082.00$2,904.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,300.00$2,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$3,412.00$5,234.00
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.

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 IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*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.

Contact Information:
Saleem Ali
Faculty Director
220 Pearson Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2022
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2022
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2022

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