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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and Marine Sciences, Sustainability
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:

Marine and Microbial Ecology and Global Climate Change in Sydney

Summer 2018 - Application CLOSED. Add your name to the Inquiry List for next year
Dates Abroad: Arrive on June 10 - Depart on June 23, 2018
Course Dates: June 10-23, 2018
Price: $3,421 


This program, sponsored by the SDSU College of Sciences, will investigate the diversity and distribution of the organisms on the rocky shore in the center of a large metropolitan region. We will be conducting research at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, located right on Sydney Harbor. Our accommodations will be adjacent to the institute, at Lands Edge. As the world becomes more urbanized, the effects on the surrounding environment and ocean are many. The students will investigate these effects in Sydney. In addition, most ecological models have focused on the effects of human activity on the large organisms with little investigation of changes occurring to the microbiota. In this course, the students will investigate both the large organisms and the microbiota at a location in the heart of beautiful Sydney and compare it to a location in a rural setting. The study location has extensive environmental laws and these will be described and the students will be able to see whether they are effective.
For more information and photos of this program, visit the College of Sciences international Website here or contact Maureen Crawford at


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • BIOL 596: MARINE MICROB ECOL AUSTRL (3 units of SDSU resident credit)
  • Prerequisite: must have completed one of the following: BIOL 203, BIOL 203 Lab, BIOL 204, BIOL 204 Lab

HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirements. Otherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.


Housing will be in shared accommodations at Land's Edge, Chowder Bay Facility in Sydney Harbour.  Meals include breakfast, lunch, morning & afternoon tea, and dinner every day except for June 15 (no dinner), June 16 (breakfast only), June 17 (breakfast and dinner only). 

  • Entrance to Sea Life Aquarium
  • Entrance to Wildlife Sydney Zoo
  • Indigenous native Australian art and culture experience
  • Guided kayak tour of Sydney Harbour
  • Sea Life Aquarium booking and entry fees
  • Presentations and information sessions provided by the National Parks and Wildlife Service

  • Elizabeth Dinsdale, Faculty, Department of Biology, SDSU College of Sciences 
  • Robert Edwards, Faculty, Department of Computer Science, SDSU College of Sciences


Payment Schedule - IF APPLYING AFTER MARCH 15:
$2,326   Deposit due to the College of Extended Studies (CES) with application to hold your space in the program
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration to CES between April 15-25
$3,421   Total Program Fee 


Payment Schedule - IF APPLYING BY MARCH 15:
$1,100   Deposit due to the College of Extended Studies (CES) with application to hold your space in the program
$1,226   Second Payment due to CES due by April 2
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration to CES between April 15-25
$3,421   Total Program Fee 

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Three units of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Shared accommodations at Land's Edge on Sydney Harbour
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, morning & afternoon tea, and dinner - except for June 15 (no dinner), June 16 (breakfast only), June 17 (breakfast and dinner only)
  • Group travel via public transport using Opal card (sent prior to group’s arrival in Australia)
  • Tickets for entry to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife Sydney Zoo
  • Snorkel equipment rental (wetsuits, masks, and fins)
  • Guided kayak session
  • Indigenous culture session
  • Presentations and information sessions provided by the National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Equipment rental and use at Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)
  • Excursions and activities noted above
NOT Included in the Program Fee:
  • Airfare to/from Australia
  • Passport and visa fees - NOTE: a visa is required to travel to Australia. See "Prerequisites and Admission Requirements" below for details and visit Students Abroad for more information.
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Transport from Sydney airport to Lands Edge in Sydney (details will be provided)
  • Use of consumable equipment and resources at SIMS (this will be invoiced after the visit)
  • Meals other than those listed
  • Personal expenses

Refund Policy: 

Program Costs Refund:
Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student.  Email notification is acceptable.  For this program:  
  • Withdrawals before the application deadline of March 15, 2018 will receive 100% refund minus processing fees. 
  • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 and April 2, 2018. 
  • No refund will be issued for withdrawals after April 2, 2018.
Course Tuition Refund: 

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Must have completed one of the following prerequisites: BIOL 203, BIOL 203 Lab, BIOL 204, BIOL 204 Lab
  • Open to all SDSU students, non-SDSU students, and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Visa Information
  • In addition to a passport, all visitors to Australia will need a Visa.  You will need to have your passport number and a credit card for this process. The cost is $20 AUD. The visa is good for 12 months from date of issue.   An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) provides authorization for non-Australian citizens to travel to and enter Australia and is electronically linked to your passport. Please read over conditions, including wording about criminal convictions.  
  • Here is the online application:
  • Here's the link to FAQ::
  • Processing time for ETA Visa:  In most cases, you will be informed of the result of your application before leaving the online ETA system. Some applications might require additional processing. If your application is not processed immediately, check back in 12 hours via Check an ETA to confirm if your application is approved.



If you are interested in attending this program in a future term, please add your name to the Inquiry List below and you will receive email updates when available.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For more information and to see photos of this program, visit the College of Sciences international Website or contact Maureen Crawford at
  • For scholarship questions or program specifics, contact the College of Sciences (CoS) International Coordinator, Maureen Crawford,  
  • For more information about the program specifics, please contact the faculty leaders, Dr. Elizabeth Dinsdale: or Dr. Robert Edwards,
  • For more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.