Student feedback

"It was nice to break up normal classroom learning with field trips"

"An amazing experience from beginning to end. It was really nice to break up normal classroom learning with field trips where you could expand on and apply your knowledge of ecology and marine biology. Understanding how to think like an ecologist and learning how to think independently to design a research experiment and receive thorough guidance for writing research papers was something I'll definitely take away from this program."

- Jennifer Burks, The University of California

"The homestays really integrated you into Australian culture"

"This program was a trip of a lifetime. It was the perfect mix of learning, exploring and experiencing the terrestrial and marine sides of Australia. The teaching staff is amazing. Brisbane was a great location and homestays really integrated you into the Australian culture. I don't think I could've had a better experience abroad."

- Kaylynn Conant, The University of California

"I'll keep in contact with the people I met here for years to come"

"This program was absolutely amazing, and something I'll remember for the rest of my life. The international programs team were more than willing to help make this time as good as possible. I'm amazed at all the work they do. I'll likely keep in contact with the people I met here for years to come. Who knows, maybe I'll even get to come back and research with some of them."

- Dylan H. Sarish, The University of California

"I had the opportunity to interact with the best professors I've ever had"

"This program was truly an incredible experience, and I'd recommend it to anyone. I had the opportunity to interact with the best professors I've ever had, and I learned an incredible amount in 12 weeks that has helped prepare me for a career in science. I saw wonderful things that I'll never forget during our time in the field and met some amazing people that I hope to stay in touch with for the rest of my life."

- Markus Min, The University of California

"I've grown intellectually and in terms of my maturity"

"This program was the best experience of my life, and I feel that I've grown intellectually and in terms of my maturity because of it. The professors were excellent educators and enjoyable people."

- Lauren Elder, HWS and Union College

"The excursions were well planned, and the travel coordination was amazing"

"I thought the program was great - it encompassed everything I could've hoped to learn about the ecology of Australia. The excursions were well planned, and the travel coordination was amazing. There was great communication between the professors, students and International Programs staff about class locations and changes in the schedule. I couldn't of hope to learn more and experience so much from an abroad program."

- Jack Mainella, HWS and Union College

"I expanded my mind and my comfort zone"

"An incredible experience. I met so many nice people. I've never seen anything cooler than the Great Barrier Reef, and I consider myself lucky to have seen it. Overall, I grew as a person and expanded my mind and comfort zone. Australia made me want to travel more in the future."

- Tommy Gagliardi, HWS and Union College