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Fields of Study: Social Sciences, Science

Engage with current development research in two incredible centers of education. Six weeks of intensive training at the University of Queensland will prepare you for this unique research and work, while further study at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) will ground you in the specific environmental and health challenges facing the fragile Pacific island environments. In the final phase of the program, you’ll undertake a group research project as you work alongside SINU students in the magnificent remote communities of the Western Province. There you’ll work with rural communities to tackle challenges like climate change, public health, and sustainability.

Whether you are preparing for the Peace Corps, medical nonprofit work, a career in marine biology, or an environmental science path addressing climate change, you’ll gain a rich variety of skills and experience for your future.

Unique study opportunities

  • Meet the peoples of two nations, their cultural heritage, traditional governance, and local perceptions.
  • Gain pre-med experience with an emphasis on rural health.
  • Conduct service-oriented work in remote regions of the Solomon Islands.
  • Learn valuable field research methodologies and skills in diverse and fragile ecosystems.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

All instruction is in English.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four upper-division courses for a total of 21 quarter/14 semester UC units.
  • Courses involve swimming and snorkeling, for which you’ll need basic swimming ability and reasonable confidence in the water. You'll need to complete a swimming proficiency test during the first week of the program. Basic swimming skills include:

    1. Ability to time breaths while swimming
    2. Back motionless floating
    3. Gliding through water
    4. Coordination
    5. Breaststroke
    6. Diving

Current Program Courses

You will take four courses on this program:

From Global to Community Environmental Health (6.0 quarter/4 semester UC units)

Subject Areas: Environmental Studies, Health Sciences

  • Introduces the challenges facing environments globally such as warming seas, climate change, ocean acidification and rising sea levels
  • Examines the health consequences such as threats to crops, forest, field and marine resources as well as emerging disease
  • Teaches students connections between local and global contexts with regard to combating or adapting to health consequences in developed nations
Methods in Environmental Health and Science (4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units)

Subject Areas: Environmental Studies, Sociology

  • Provides essential practical knowledge and skills for assessing ecosystem health, environmental health and human community functionality
  • Develops laboratory and field skills
  • Identifies linkages between lecture courses and provides training that underpins research project development
Culture and History of Oceania (4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units)

Subject Areas: Anthropology, History, Geography

  • Develops understanding of the history of the Solomon Islands and the diverse cultures of the South Pacific
  • In order to address ecosystem and environmental health issues, the course studies the complexity and importance of family relationships; the relative power of chiefs and the church; as well as the interaction of these forces with governance at a national level
  • Examines threats to Solomon Island cultural heritage and diversity that stem from tourism, mining and climate change
Capstone Research Project (6 quarter/4 semester UC units)

Subject Area: Environmental Studies or others, depending on topic

  • Focuses on a topic chosen from a list of approved topics
  • Topic can come from any of the themes delivered throughout the program and is developed based on factors such as faculty and local expertise, equipment availability, and ethical considerations
  • Data collection and research activities are carried out as a group throughout the program, with the final research report completed independently
  • Presents an outstanding opportunity to develop real-world research skills and practical solutions for challenging problems

Catalogs and resources

  • Course syllabi: See the current syllabus for course descriptions, lectures and learning activities, excursions, and assessment information.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

The course structure for this unique program is nothing like a traditional semester at UC. Some of the courses run consecutively, some concurrently, and the Capstone Research Project is delivered throughout the program. Some learning activities are split between Queensland and Honiara, with training and field work being carried out in national parks and other field sites. Course activities are primarily determined by location and knowledge progression. For example, the first course From Global to Community Environmental Health helps you make a connection between health and the environment on a global scale, and the second course Methods in Environmental Health and Science teaches you essential practical skills in environmental health and science assessment. You then apply the newly acquired global vision and practical training to the third and fourth course.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. This is a relatively new program, and we do not know when grades will be available.