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  • Locations: Dili, East Timor
  • Program Terms: Winter School
  • Restrictions: Only Study Overseas applicants may apply through GLAS
  • Budget Sheets: Winter School
  • Please read the Program Description for how to apply.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Tour Number of Units' Credit: 03
Academic Level: Undergraduate Study Tours: Governing Faculty: Faculty of Sciences
Recommended Program: No
Program Description:
Beneath the Waves 2019
Due to the heightened risks associated with international travel and transit at this time, this program has now been put on hold for 2020. A list of FAQ's can be found on the University's dedicated COVID-19 website.

This study tour will see 15 students from the University of Adelaide visit Timor-Leste in the coral triangle region of southeast Asia.

Students will be immersed in a 12 night experience focusing on marine conservation issues and the challenges around ensuring food security today and into the future. Students will undertake a SCUBA diving course and participate in monitoring marine debris. They will experience a young nation rebuilding and quickly developing, but facing numerous challenges. Students will consider trade-offs between food security and conservation, community monitoring of no-take conservation areas, and the increasing ecotourism opportunities. Students will have a better understanding of cultural, economic and environmental issues related to marine conservation.

This program has been created by the School of Biological Sciences and is being run by Bronwyn Gillanders, who will accompany students and facilitate learning.

Want to see what our students on this study tour got up to last year?

Check out Bill Goh’s amazing Beneath the Waves video by following the link


This program will run from 08 July to 20 July, 2019 (dates may change slightly depending on group bookings for flights).

There will be a compulsory briefing seminar held immediately after acceptance into the program (to discuss flight bookings) and prior to departure.

For those SCUBA diving you will also need to complete a PADI medical form prior to departure


The program fee is expected to be AUD$1,955.

The program fee will include, accommodation, SCUBA course, transport and some food. Follow the link to the program fee cost breakdown.
Students will need to purchase their own flights. A meeting will be held immediately after student acceptance into the study tour, where flights will be discussed further.
Students may need to cover costs of the SCUBA diving medical (there may be a cost depending on where it is undertaken) if required. Students will also need to cover lunch and dinner costs.

Please note that University of Adelaide tuition fees also apply for the enrolled course SCIENCE 3500 - Science International Study Tour.

Financial Assistance:

Eligible students may access up to AUD$8,149 of funding from an OS-HELP loan.

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this program.


Up to 15 students will be selected to participate in this study tour. Students must be enrolled in BSc science courses. Preference may be given to Marine Biology or Environmental and Ecology students with majors in either Ecology or Ecology and Landscape Science.

Selection for this tour will be made based on a combination of GPA and responses to the ‘About Me’ questionnaire within the GLAS application.
  • The Tour Leader will shortlist applicants based on a combination of GPA and application responses.
  • The Faculty of Sciences will conduct a degree check for each shortlisted student and approve the student for credit. This is an automatic internal process and students do not have to take any action for this to occur.
  • After the Faculty of Sciences has completed the degree check, students will be notified of their application outcome by Study Overseas.
  • Students will be required to pay an AUD$500 deposit within 14 days of their selection for this program.

Students must be competent swimmers.

Students should not enrol in the course code for this program - SCIENCE 3500 Science International Study Tour - until selected for the program and approved by the Faculty of Sciences.

Course Content

Students will submit short essays suitable as blog posts providing background information to the country prior to the study tour commencing. Upon return, students will work in groups to showcase their knowledge to peers by creating video documentaries, and will individually complete a post trip blog and graphic. Students must also be prepared to give an oral presentation whilst away.

Academic Credit

All credit is decided and pre-approved by the Faculty of Sciences. Once selected for the program, your Faculty will enrol you in SCIENCE 3500 Science International Study Tour.

Students selected for this program will receive: 
  • 3 units of credit

Application and Deadlines
Due to the heightened risks associated with international travel and transit at this time, this program has now been put on hold for 2020. A list of FAQ's can be found on the University's dedicated COVID-19 website.
  • Check eligibility against the above criteria.
  • Make your application by clicking ‘Apply Now’ above, on or before the deadline.
  • Deadline for application submission: 12 March, 2019.
Considering applying for the Downstream Traffic study tour as well?
Students intending to apply for both the “Beneath the Waves” study tour and the “Downstream Traffic” study tour should submit an application on the Global Learning Application System (GLAS) for their preferred tour prior to the application deadline.

If you are not selected for your preferred study tour, you may be considered for your second preference. Please stipulate in the ‘About Me’ section in your GLAS application if you would like to be considered for both study tours.

Contact Information

For more information about the Beneath the Waves: conserving biodiversity in a young nation program, including academic and program content, please contact Professor Bronwyn Gillanders at Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

For information about applications and administration, please contact Study Overseas.


Please read the Program Description for how to apply.