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  • Locations: Adelaide, Australia
  • Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Information:


Students examining rock layers
  • Participate in field observations of natural science phenomena that cannot be seen in North America

  • Learn in a course co-taught with students and faculty from the University of Wollongong

  • Fulfill Geology upper division field module requirement

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This program will begin and end in Adelaide. The group will travel by bus throughout South Australia, exploring regions with particular geological significance. This includes Hallett Cove, the Flinders Ranges, Mt. Gambier, and the Great Ocean Roads. Australia hosts some of the oldest rocks on the planet. This program will visit the type area for a global glacial event that occurred 700 million years ago and the place where the oldest multi-cellular life (the Ediacaran Biota) was first discovered. These are just a few examples of the types of geological experiences that you can have only in Australia.



Housing consists of hotels, motels, and campgrounds/camping style accommodations.


You are responsible for making your own travel arrangement to Australia and back. The program officially begins in Adelaide and ends in Melbourne. You will travel by bus to field sites.


Students under tree at Flinders Ranges

  • Course: GEOL 4725, Special Topics in Field Geology
  • Credits: 2 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: 2 required upper division field classes required for the geology major offered through Geological Sciences
  • Grading: This is a CU-Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See course description

Students conduct field exercises during the day and present their observations and interpretations during evening class sessions. This course is designed for advanced Geoscience majors and involves exercises in geologic mapping, data collection, and other field observations.

This course (GEOL4725) satisfies one of the two required upper division field classes required for the geology major offered through Geological Sciences. The class takes place entirely in the field in southern Australia.


The program is directed by instructor Lon Abbott of the Department of Geological Sciences. He chooses program participants, leads pre-departure programming, co-teaches the course with faculty from the University of Wollongong, and acts as the resident director in Australia. Instructor Abbott provides expertise on the tectonic evolution of the Australian plate. He conducted his Ph.D. and post-doctoral research on the modern northern plate boundary in Papua New Guinea and is currently conducting research, in collaboration with CU’s Assoc. Prof. Rebecca Flowers, on the evolution of Queensland’s Great Escarpment.

The director is available in case of emergency. Faculty at the University of Wollongong are in charge of all logistical aspects of the program and will also be available in case of emergency.

See Lon Abbott's Faculty Spotlight.





Silhouettes of hiking students

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 15-JAN-2018
Variable 11-JUL-2018 22-JUL-2018
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.

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