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Arcadia-STEM Summer Research in Brisbane

Program Location Brisbane, Australia
Sponsor Arcadia University College of Global Studies
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 06/03/19 to 07/21/19

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Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


This summer research program is perfect for students wanting to gain practical, focused research experience in a unique environment over Purdue's summer term. The University of Queensland has excellent facilities and laboratories, including its own research buildings on Heron Island and North Stradbroke Island.


For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:Arcadia University College of Global Studies.


The program is open to Purdue students who are BIOL, PHY, or CHE majors and have completed at least two semesters* of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

*Please see the Arcadia website for prerequisites and requirements associated with each listed research project. Please note that each project is highly individualized and has limited enrollment.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Science]
Specifically from: BIOL, CHM, and PHY (SCI)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Please see the Arcadia website for the research projects that are available and their requirements. Students will rank their top three projects. Please note that each project is highly individualized and has limited enrollment.

Students earn 6 credits over 6 weeks of study at the University of Queensland, participate in weekly research group meetings, and attend departmental seminars that relate to the discipline of the project. Students complete a minimum of 240 hours of research.

Examples of past projects have been:

  • Do fairy-wrens respond to the alarm vocalizations of neighboring species?
  • Tracking sea turtles in global oceans and seas
  • Chemical reactions of Nitrogen (N) in soil
  • Innovative reversible blood clotting agents for emergency treatment of internal bleeding
  • Effect of novel soil amendments on soil buffer capacity

Particpants live at Unilodge in the riverside suburb of Brisbane, near beautiful parklands, beaches, art galleries, museums, West End’s vibrant nightlife, and the Queen Street Mall.

The complex has intelligently designed student apartments and studios, a large outdoor courtyard and BBQ area, social lounges, wireless internet, 24/7 staff support, big screen games room, laundry facilities, and a gym.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes: tuition, cultural activities, and on-site orientation.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$7,950.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Local Transportation$175.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$530.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Arcadia-STEM Summer Research in Brisbane Feb 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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