The Australia program is offered during the spring semester. In Australia, students will reside near Byron Bay, a small South Pacific beach community located in the unique subtropical region of northern New South Wales. Byron Bay is Australia's most easterly point and has long been considered a sacred place by the Aboriginal people. The land and the sea in this area are rich in ecological diversity and the local towns are known for the alternative life-styles of the population.
Topics of study include Australian society and environmental history, Aboriginal ecology, the destruction of old growth forests due to logging and cattle grazing, land degradation and salt accumulation in soils, irrigation and water resource issues, uranium mining in Kakadu National Park, coastal zone development, ocean pollution, ecological medicine, bio-diversity and the conservation of Australian native plants and wildlife, and appropriately designed architecture for hot humid and desert regions. Australian bio-dynamic and organic agriculture and the use of Permaculture applications in the sustainable use of resources in Australia are considered in detail through lectures and hands-on learning. A unique aspect of the program is the on-going participation of students in the LIU bio-intensive garden.
Travel locations during the term may vary but generally include trips to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical north Queensland World Heritage Areas, camping in national parks in the high altitude New England Tableland region, a trip to Lamington National Park and Mt. Warning, and a visit to the Outback/Red Center region of the Northern Territory or to the dry western plains of western New South Wales. Students also visit rainforests, earth-based and off-grid solar houses, nature preserves and other venues of environmental significance in the Byron area.
The Australia Program is open to LIU Global students during the spring of their third year, as well as students from other universities and colleges in North America and overseas. Students in all majors at LIU are also encouraged to apply. Students from other colleges and universities can generally transfer course credits back to their home institution but should clarify this with their registrar before enrolling in the Australia Program.