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  • Locations: Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Sydney, Australia
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Minimum GPA:
2.5 or by Professor Permission Faculty-Led Program Status: Available
College: Walker College of Business Credits: 3 credits
Class Standing: Graduate, Senior
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Program Description

Australia: Energy and Environment


This program focuses on two challenges facing Australia: energy generation and environmental stewardship

Energy management is a big part of sustainability in Australia.  As the sunniest continent on earth, Australia has abundant wind and hydroelectric power capabilities. And yet the cost of electricity increased 20 percent from 2012 to 2016, with Australians this year paying between 50 and 100 percent more for their power than Americans, according to experts. Students taking part in this program will learn more about energy management from the University of Queensland that is moving entirely off-grid to operate its own photo-voltaic generation facility. 

Environmental sustainability is also of major importance in Australia.  The shrinking of the Great Barrier Reef which stretches over 1,400 miles of the coastline is one of the biggest challenges facing the country/continent.  Ecologists report a 50% decline in corals along the reef just since 2016 due to warming ocean temperatures.  As part of this program students, will visit the reef and learn about efforts to reverse the environmental damage.

Students will spend 12 days visiting related sites in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.  



BUS 3055 – Australia: Energy and Environment – 3 credit hours
MBA 5020 – International Seminar–Australia – 3 credit hours

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Paid to Appalachian State
  3 credits
App Tuition & Fees1 Student Accounts
Program Cost2 $4350.00
1Tuition and fees for summer programs can be found at this link. After selecting the appropriate summer tuition and fees cost sheet scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates". Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
2Program Cost includes in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee..

Estimated Additional Costs
Meals $100
Personal Expenses1 $100
Passport $150

1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. 
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $1350.00 1/31/2019
2nd Payment $1350.00 2/28/2019
3rd Payment $1350.00 3/31/2019

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from May 12, 2019 to May 23, 2019.

Pre-Program Meetings

Four to five pre-program meetings; dates and times TBD.

Program Leaders

Dr. Martin Meznar
Associate Dean, Global & Civic Engagement

Dr. Martin Meznar is the Associate Dean for Global and Civic Engagement at Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business.  He was born and raised in Brazil, is fluent in Portuguese and holds both Brazilian and American citizenships.  He has led multiple student groups on short-term study abroad programs to Brazil, Malawi, Ecuador, Turkey, Cuba, and Russia. This is his first program to Australia.

Dr. Meznar's research deals largely with corporate social and environmental responsibility and attitudes of multinational corporations to non-economic stakeholders.

Dr. Sandra Vannoy
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Research

Dr. Sandra Vannoy is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research at Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business.  She was born and raised in Watauga County, NC and has traveled to 15 countries across 4 continents.   Dr. Vannoy has worked extensively with student international experiences, having led, co-led or traveled with a number of short-term study abroad programs to destinations including China, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Cuba, Poland and Russia. This will be Dr. Vannoy's first international experience in Australia.

Dr. Vannoy's research deals primarily with the intersection of people and technology, and the influence of technology in organizations.


How to Apply

    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
    • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are also available. For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.


Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2019 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.