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  • Locations: Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/30/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2018 07/17/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Veterinary Medicine Department/School: Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program AU Faculty Director(s): Dawn Boothe, boothdm@auburn.edu
Majors: ALL MAJORS Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, Professional, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Restrictions: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Program Description:
Tropical Veterinary Science
and the Great Barrier Reef

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Tropical Australia program includes 15 days full of activities, food, accommodation and transportation. Two additional evenings and food allowance will be available at the Civic Guest house in Townsville before or after the program to allow the group to catch up and recover from jet lag without stress of finding accommodation. Spend the day sleeping or hanging out at the hostel, or explore downtown, relax in the nearby botanical gardens, take a beach front walk or meet the locals and other tourists from around the world. Learn how to be a “back packer” and travel safely in Australia. Dr. Boothe will be your guide. 

All majors are welcome to apply! Students do not need to be in a pre-veterinary or veterinary medicine major to participate.

Download a complete copy of the 
Tropical Veterinary Science Itinerary 2018.pdf

Physical Requirements: Participants should be able to negotiate trails and extensive walking as part of this program. There will be ample snorkel and swimming opportunities on this program. While students are encouraged to participate, snorkeling is a voluntary activity and students can opt-out to an alternative activity if requested.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The program is offered to Auburn University undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students.
  • Non-Auburn students are welcome to apply.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.
  • Students will be responsible for their own passport and obtaining an Australian Tourist visa. 

IMPORTANT DATESVM.Tropical1

Summer 2018

  • 3 July 2018: Program start date (students must be in Australia by this day)
  • 17 July 2018: Program end date

Payment and Withdrawal Dates

  • 30 March 2018: Program application deadline.
  • 4 April 2018: First payment installment of $2,000 billed to eBill.
  • 25 April 2018: Due date for first payment installment.
  • After 25 April 2018: Withdrawal with 50% refund.
  • 26 April 2018: Second payment installment of $1,250 billed to eBill.
  • 24 May 2018: Due date for second payment installment. There will be no refund after this date.

COURSE

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Veterinary students will receive credit for VBMS 3050 (3 credit hrs). Download a copy of the Tropical Veterinary Science VMBS 3050 Syllabus 2017.pdf

PROGRAM COSTS

Download a copy of the Tropical Veterinary Science Budget 2018.pdf

Included in Program Costs:

All meals, accommodation, and activities/transport on the program. The Auburn University International Insurance is also included.

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Not Included in Program Costs:

  • Auburn Abroad Fee ($657)
  • Airfare from Atlanta to Townsville is not included (estimate $1,800-2,500)
  • Spending money – suggested $200 for gifts, souvenirs, optional meals
  • US Passport and Australian tourist visa or ETA for US citizen
  • For non-Auburn students there is a $50 fee to apply as a transient student.
  • Scuba equipment (if doing an individual dive with instructor)

Note on flights to Australia:

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Delta, and United all fly to Australia usually leaving out of Los Angeles, Dallas, or San Francisco. Allow at least a 3 hour layover in LAX if you are not using the same airline/ticket. Sometimes there are cheap flights through Asia, but this is a big detour. You will need to fly eventually into Townsville from any major city in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, or even Cairns).

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • 2 nights (optional) at Civic Guest House Townsville: www.civicguesthousetownsville.com.au. Voted one of the TOP 10 HOSTELS in Australia. It is a friendly charming hostel in the heart of Townsville offering clean, safe and cozy accommodation for the budget conscious traveller. Free Wi-Fi and free transport to/from the Ferry and Greyhound bus terminal.

  • Gamping (on provided camp mats and sleeping bags) on the floor of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority aquarium: www.reefhq.com.au

  • Hidden Valley Cabins: www.hiddenvalleycabins.com.au

  • Bungalow Bay and City Oasis

LOCATIONVM.Tropical3

Townsville, Australia

  • Largest tropical city in Australia.
  • 300 days of sunlight a year.
  • Townsville is a gateway to the outback.
  • Magnetic Island and The Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep.
  • 15,000 students at the James Cook University. 45 students in the Vet school class.

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

VISA REGULATION:

  • Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page for more information.