Australian Biology

December 26, 2019 —January 09, 2020
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Experience the wonderful world of “down under” on the CCSA Australian Biology Program and help to preserve habitat for one of its most unusual species: the koala. On this smallest, most temperate of continents, where flora and fauna are both diverse and unique, and native Aboriginal culture blends European with Asian, participants can explore the richness of a world apart. Join CCSA and snorkel World Heritage reefs, trek through rain forests near tropical Cairns, discover the museums, gardens and parks around metropolitan Melbourne, Australia’s second latest city and home to some of the continent’s largest communities of penguins, seals, kangaroos and koalas, among whom participants will participate in a conservation service project.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Steven Guns

Program Director

Steven Guns Steven is the Senior Education Abroad Advisor at Murray State University and has been directing programs with CCSA since 2012. London is his favorite place to be and he loves to share the magic of the city with others. As a student Steven studied abroad in Spain and South Korea. He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his masters of science in international education administration/college student personnel from Murray State University. His professional background is in university housing and education abroad. Steven has made accessible study abroad a focus, working on multiple programs designed for students with disabilities and has led student groups to Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and South Korea.

Group Travel Required

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
December 26, 2019 —January 09, 2020

Base Price


Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
September 27, 2019
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered


Australian Ecosystems
Course Description: Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos and koalas in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef, and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems. 
Prerequisite: One semester of biology
Dr. Ruth Beattie | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H
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