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The Environment and World History in Australia

Global Seminar Application closed for Summer 2019

Thank you for your interest in the Environment and World History in Australia Global Seminar. Summer 2019 Global Seminars are no longer accepting applications. The website will be updated in September, with a fresh new list of programs for Summer 2020! In the meantime, please review the First Steps to studying abroad. Please contact the Study Abroad Office if you need help finding an alternate program.



Matthew Herbst

Prof. Matthew Herbst

Professor Herbst is an Associate Teaching Professor at UCSD, where he is Director of the Making of the Modern World, a general education world history program, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of History. A proponent of experiential learning, Prof. Herbst was an inaugural faculty member of the university’s Global Seminars in 2008 and has led nine undergraduate world history programs in Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Turkey), Europe (England, France, Italy, Turkey), and Oceania (New Zealand), with a tenth program (Australia) planned for 2019, as well as two service-learning programs in Turkey and one on the Navajo Reservation. Since 2012, he has also led 17 humanities seminars in the deserts and mountains of California and the Southwest. He was also a founding faculty member of the college-based First Year Experience program in 2014, designed to facilitate successful student transition to the university, and teaches in this program each fall.

Dates Departure from U.S.: Fri., June 28, 2019
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2019
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2019
First Day of Class: Tues., July 2, 2019
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2019
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2019

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • Your flight must arrive at Sydney International Airport (SYD) on Sunday, June 30, between 6:00 and 9:00 am in order for our local partner to meet you at the airport.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 
Info Sessions

Why You Should Go

The courses taught in this program provide a symbiotic historical and cultural exploration of Australia. Australia has both ancient and modern historical roots, with an indigenous presence that stretches back more than 50,000 years and a colonial presence that emerged only in the 18th century with the explorations of Captain James Cook and the establishment of Australia as a British Colony. The included environmental systems course investigates how humans have interacted with the natural world and how this interaction has been influenced by such factors as class, race, and gender. It considers the cultural, political, and economic ramifications of this interaction and even explores ideas about the future of wilderness.

Program Details

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Fees and Funding

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Academic Excursions


Living Arrangements