Arcadia University- Environmental Studies

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Students get the opportunity to explore and engage with the stunning landscapes while gaining an understanding of the influence of the wilderness experience on human behavior as well as its significance to the indigenous and contemporary societies in Australia and New Zealand. Through field study, lectures and daily journaling, you will explore some of the most important and treasured natural areas.

Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses. Excursions may include: Great Barrier Reef, Australian Outback, or South Island Alpine.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in Australia and New Zealand

This trip has by far been the best trip of my life thus far. While I've had minor travels to Canada and some of the tropical islands south of the United States, I've never gone incredibly far. This experience allowed me to move outside of my comfort zones in social, technical, emotional and mental ways. This study abroad was centered around environmental studies, but the majority of the students on the trip were not majors pertaining to this field. This study abroad is nice, because while my group only had about 20 students there is never more than 30, so you can fully get to know each student on the trip. This study abroad felt more like a vacation for the greater part of this trip and over the 5 weeks there were about 10-15 lectures. This trip had the students extending out into the environment through hiking, kayaking, unique tours and more. I think no matter a students field of study this trip can be extremely useful to all. It's hard to beat waking up to sunrises on the beach where you see seals and crocodiles, or stargazing at night in the mountains and bush. Push yourself and study abroad in Australia and New Zealand where you'll not only change as a person, but make life long friends!

What would you improve about this program?
The only complaint that I had with this trip was the way that the academics were based. While I enjoyed not having to worry about exams or major work during the trip, the last thing I wanted to do upon my return was my schoolwork. Many of the students who do this study abroad enter into internships or work after coming home, and having to type up our various journal entries and research paper, didn't help in my reminiscing of the trip.
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New Zealand and Australia backpacking environmental class

This was easily the best 5 weeks of my life. It is a backpacking trip spending two weeks traveling through New Zealand and 3 weeks Australia with about 5 camping expeditions and the rest stays in hostels. Lots of travel. The leader of the program, Stewart Dickinson's main goal is to teach you about a different society, become unamericanized, learn how other countries interact with their environments and to ultimately make you fall in love with the environment again. You also grow incredibly close with a group of 20 or so students as you spend almost every second of every day together they go from complete strangers to best friends in a matter of days. You will see and experience some of the most amazing things in the world. The only downside is because we travel so much you don't get the experience of actually living in a different place in the world and never really find that other "sense of place".

What would you improve about this program?
You don't get to experience having a "sense of place" in another country because the maximum amount of time we stay in a single place in only about 3 days.
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