December 26, 2024 —January 09, 2025

Discover, Explore, Thrive: Unravel Australia's Ecological and Geological Wonders!

From the ancient allure of the Daintree Rainforest, Earth's oldest lowland rainforest,
to the breathtaking expanse of the Great Barrier
Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delve into
the depths of geological wonders, from mighty volcanoes to intricate fault lines, while immersing yourself in a tapestry of diverse ecosystems — marine realms, freshwater sanctuaries, and tropical rain forests. With hands-on sampling techniques, decipher the profound interplay between geological forces and ecological dynamics, shaping Australia's unique

Program Package

  • Accommodations
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance (International Programs Only)
  • On-Site Director's and staff on-site 24/7
Information Coming Soon!

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Kara Arvin - Applications

Nate Addington - Payments

Denise Knisely - Travel

Steven Guns

On-Site Director

Steven Guns Steven is the Director of Education Abroad at Murray State University and has been directing programs with CCSA since 2012. Steven studied in Spain and South Korea as a student. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his Master of Science in international education administration/college student personnel from Murray State University. Steven has made accessible study abroad a focus, working on multiple programs designed for students with disabilities.

Joanne Guns

Assistant On-Site Director

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, 2024 —January 09, 2025

Base Price

Estimated Airfare
$0 - $0
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: OPEN

$150 Early Application Fee Deadline
September 15, 2024
(Early App Fee of $150 includes a $100 discount)
(App Fee increases to $250 after Early Application Deadline)
See our scholarships page

Courses Offered

Ecology / Geology / Biology

Rainforests to Reefs: The Ecology and Geology of Australia
Course Description:

Discover Australia's ecology and geology from the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest lowland rainforest in the world, to the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site. Study geological features, like volcanoes and faults, and diverse ecosystems—marine, freshwater, and tropical rainforest. Use simple sampling methods to understand how the geological activity impacts the ecology of these varied ecosystems and the evolution of Australia’s unique organisms. Gain a practical understanding of Australia's natural habitats and deepen your knowledge of ecology and geology.


One year of college coursework, including completing a basic writing course and at least one science course.

Open to students of all majors; may fulfill a science requirement.

Dr. Denice Robertson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / H