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  • Locations: Brisbane, Australia; Dunwich, Australia; Fraser Island, Australia; Seattle, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Affiliated Department: Oceanography Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 6
Estimated Program Fee: 6500 UW Program Director: Anil (Rick) Rupan, Cathyrne Jordan, Isaiah Bolden, Jacqueline Hernandez
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:,,,
Program Information:

Location Brisbane, Australia
Academic Term Summer A-Term
06/21/2019 - 07/20/2019: Brisbane, Australia
7/20/2019 - 7/24/2019:Seattle, United States
*These dates have changed since the program was first advertised. If you have questions contact the Program Director.
Estimated Program Fee $6,950
Credits 6
Prerequisites We do not see any specific course prerequisites. However, we are looking to recruit STEM students from diverse and creative backgrounds, open-minded, positive, and excited to learn in a new and challenging environment. Students who are excited about research and experiential learning in a global context are ideal candidates for this program.
Program Directors Anil (Rick) Rupan |
Cathryne Jordan
Program Manager Katherine R Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Information Sessions Jan 11, 4 - 5pm - Loew 215
Jan 17, 3-5pm - MGH 311
Jan 25, 4 - 5pm - Loew 215
Jan 31, 3-5pm - MGH 311
General A field study of the North East Coast of Australia using ocean technology and traditional field techniques.

Program Description

Students will experience first-hand applications of autonomous robotic systems to complex biogeochemical questions within two distinct, yet equally dynamic coastal marine environments - coral reefs and seagrass beds. Students will learn basic principles governing physical and biogeochemical cycling of key constituents (carbon, oxygen, salinity, pH, etc.) within these ecosystems and will apply this knowledge to the development of independent research projects that couple in situ chemical measurements with a collaborative control system that uses Underwater Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs). This system will have applications to both ecological monitoring and poaching prevention of key ecosystem species. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the rich connections between history, culture and environment within the Australian community through participation in a weekly seminar series facilitated by the Queensland University of Technology. The overall program utilizes a place-based learning approach in which participants have opportunities to investigate local historical, cultural, and sociological factors related to ecological and biogeochemical changes and the use of technology to capture these changes as they pertain to local ecosystem impacts.




Brisbane, Australia


For the 2019 program, students will be residing at one of the Brisbane Student Accommodations: SCAPE or Student One. Scape is located in the South Bank area. Student One in the Brisbane CBD area. Both are in close walking proximity of the QUT campus. Depending on availability, students by gender will occupy single or a four BR unit. Rooms have TV, kitchen facilities and all utilities included. Internet connection is included in the rental cost. Coin laundry facilities are provided in the building and available on site at a minimum cost of $4 per load for washing & drying to the students. Housing is within a 2 or 3 block walking distance to grocery stores and restaurants. Program staff reside on same property in individual and separate apartments and are on call 24 hours. Payment can be made in advance. Student One: Scape:



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

We do not see any specific course prerequisites. However, we are looking to recruit STEM students who are diverse and creative in mind thought, open-minded, positive, and excited to learn in a new and challenging environment. Students who are excited about research and experiential learning in a global context are ideal candidates for this program. Taking into consideration location of residence and field trips, the students tend to walk to and from QUT and around the city. For those who choose to commute by bus, passes are made available. Tours to the rainforest and islands will include a lot of walking. Ideally, students should be comfortable with being in and around water. Opportunities for boating, snorkeling and other recreational water activities may be available for students who are so interested and are comfortable.


6 UW Quarter Credits


Ocean 499/Engineering - #TBD: Collaborative Autonomous Systems and Robotics for Biogeochemical Monitoring (5 credits) I&S, NW, Diversity

This course will explore the use of autonomous systems to support biogeochemical and ecological monitoring and research in Australia. Systems such as unmanned aerial and ground vehicles will be used to perform missions to gather data and support scientific research and ecological monitoring. Students will develop skills for basic programming, robotics operations, aquatic chemistry sampling, and environmental data analysis/presentation. Students will apply these skills to independent research projects and experiments where autonomous data collection and discrete biogeochemical sampling are coupled to investigate the ecology of the local environment. Experiments will be carried out both in a laboratory setting and on-site at the University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Facility and Lady Elliot Island Resort. Students will learn, through place-based learning, about the unique coastal ecosystems of Queensland, the role of these ecosystems in Australian society and culture, and how robotic technology can be used as a tool to monitor the health of these dynamic environments.

Learning goals include:
We expect students will work to develop the skills necessary for basic programming required for UAV robotics operations. Students will also be trained on the use of other traditional autonomous oceanographic instrumentation and the discrete collection of measurements of aquatic chemistry. Assessment of the retention and synthesis of these skills will be primarily through the data collection, analysis and presentation of independent research projects on coral reef and eelgrass biogeochemistry. Check-in assignments and problem sets will be given to students during the first two weeks in order for the students to practice applications of the various skills before project development, to assist the students in the development of testable hypotheses, and to give the co-lecturers feedback on the pacing/content of the course.

Ocean 499: Collaborative Autonomous Systems and Robotics for Biogeochemical Monitoring (1 credits) Diversity

In addition to in class research project, student participants will participant in a weekly Australia studies 1.5 hour seminar facilitated by QUT faculty from their Education department. The course will cover the diverse history and culture of the Australia community from people, politics, and environment. The seminar will complement the additional excursions planned to the Queensland capital, Museums, the Indigious people - the Aborginals, University of Queenlsand Morton Bay, Lady Elliott Island, etc.

Learning goals include:
Extend learning about the Australia culture, environment and peoples to complement field excursions.







Anil (Rick) Rupan
Research Engineer, Oceanography

I manage the Argo/SOCCOM float lab for the Riser Lab with in the School of Oceanography. I am a guest lecturer and mentor for our Ocean Technology Program. I have 15+ years of marine robotics experience and taught this study abroad class in Australia 3 years ago. My expertise in marine robotics is the basis for the class.

Cathryne Jordan
Assistant Director - Diversity & Access, Engineering - Diversity & Access

I am the Assistant Director of Diversity and Access and lead for the Women Engineering program. I have over 20 years of extensive student engagement experiences with over 15 of that focused on underserved populations in STEM. I am also the COE liaison for the PNW LSAMP Steering committee, and I collaborate with LSAMP (OMAD) on retention events for Women and Ethnic minority students. As the lead program budget custodian, I apply my expertise to this program in the coordination of partners and details related to related to financial aid, housing, student risk, interface with families, transportation and curriculum development.

Isaiah W. Bolden
Graduate Student, Oceanography

I am a Ph.D. student in the Gagnon Lab within the School of Oceanography. I combine discrete and autonomous measurements from coral reef environments to develop new proxies for monitoring the health of these ecosystems. I am also interested in placed-based approaches to geoscience research and the implications of that research for the broader local community.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,950

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - TBD)
  • Food (about TBD)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.