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  • Locations: Townsville, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Veterinary Medicine Department: Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology
Click here for a definition of this term AU Program Director(s): Dawn Boothe, Click here for a definition of this term Restricted to the Following Student Level(s): G-Graduate, JR-Junior, Professional, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Restricted to the Following Majors: ALL MAJORS Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates)
Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:
Tropical Veterinary Science
and the Great Barrier Reef


The Tropical Australia program includes 16 days full of activities, food, accommodation and transportation. Additional evenings can be available at student cost 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 the stress of finding housing. 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. 

The Tropical Australia program includes 17  days full of activities, food, accommodation and transportation. Using Australia as the backdrop, participants will gain an understanding of the interrelationships between flora and fauna, both marine and  terrestrial, and how economics and climate change are impacting biodiverse populations The class will participate in surveys that focus on environmental health and outreach activities that will serve to improve it. One does not need to be a veterinarian or a veterinary student to fully benefit from this course.

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

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.


  • 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. 


Summer 2020

  • 12 July 2020: Program start date (students must be in Australia by this day)
  • 28 July 2020: Program end date

Payment and Withdrawal Dates

  • March 2020: Program application deadline. First payment installment of $2,000 billed to eBill.
  • March 2020: Due date for first payment installment.
  • TBA March 2020: Withdrawal with 50% refund ($1,000).
  • April 2020: Second payment installment of $2,000 billed to eBill.
  • May 2020: Due date for second payment installment. There will be no refund after this date.


Undergraduate, Graduate, and Veterinary students will receive credit for VBMS 3050 or VMED 9490 (if veterinary student) (2 credit hrs, pass/fail). Download a copy of the Itinerary Summer 2020


The Program Fee is $4,620. For detailed information, download a copy of the Tropical Veterinary Science and the Great Barrier Reef Budget 2020

Included in Program Fee:

Course credit (2 credit hours), most meals, accommodation, and activities/transport on the program. The Auburn University International Insurance is also included.


Not Included in Program Costs:

  • Auburn Abroad Fee ($691)
  • 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).


  • The majority of nights and many breakfast and dinner meals will be provided by the conveniently located  City Oasis Inn ( The Inn is located within a short walk of Castle Hill, botanical  gardens, and most downtown sites as well as the boardwalk on the Strand. Additional nights can be booked at student cost.
  • Hidden Valley Cabins:
  • Additional nightes can be reserved at student cost at the Civic Guest House Townsville: 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.
  • Camping (on provided camp mats and sleeping bags) on the floor of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority aquarium:


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.


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check 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.


  • 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.


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

This program is currently not accepting applications.