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Great Barrier Reef

Australia ENGR 3000 Global Leadership for Engineers

Learn what it takes to be a global engineer, while experiencing Australia’s vast culture and history, and taking in the magnificent feats engineering in Sydney and getting hands-on service opportunities along the Great Barrier Reef. Experience Australia’s rich culture and history, while taking in the magnificent feats of engineering in Sydney and by assisting with engineering service projects along the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Gain competencies related to leadership and professional development though in-country site visits and hand-on service opportunities while abroad.

Earn 3 credit hours of Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science. All classes are taught in English.

Program Dates

Predeparture Course*

April 1,2019 – May 10, 2019

Travel Dates

May 20 – 30, 2019

*Predeparture classes are held once weekly for 2 hours. Specific class locations and times will be announced ASAP.


Sydney and Cairns

Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple engineering companies and cultural sites in the heart of Sydney during the first week abroad; then, participate in engineering service opportunities along the Great Barrier Reef in northern Australia.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Sydney on an organized group flight.
Day 2-6: Arrive in Australia and get acquainted with your new host country. Visit engineering companies and businesses throughout the area of Sydney before departing north to Cairns.
Day 6-11:  Arrive in the area of the Great Barrier Reef and take an excursion through the rain forest to tour the world’s first ecotourism rail system. Complete engineering-specific service projects through the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Day 12: Depart Cairns to return to the United States.


Hotels and hostels in the heart of both cities.


Open to all engineering departments, MU majors, UM System students and SEC students.

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

 No course pre-requisites


Program Fee: $3,500*

*Includes housing, international health insurance, Engineering Study Abroad fees, International Center fees, cultural excursions, partner university lectures, company visits and some meals.

Additional Costs

  • Tuition & Educational Fees (3 credits hours):$1,516*

*Based on Missouri Resident tuition & fees

  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,500
  • Personal Expenditure Estimates

Meals & Local Transportation $500

Click here to check itemized costs for Missouri Residents.

Click here to check itemized costs for Non-Residents.

These budgets are an estimate valid at the time of printing and are subject to change. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided. The given amounts are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host program or institution.

Financial Aid

All eligible students may apply for scholarships through the College of Engineering Study Abroad programs.

Financial Aid packages are typically granted in the form of low-interest student loans that cover all trip related expenses (tuition, fees, accommodations, activities and personal expenses)

To be considered for aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a study abroad program
  • Complete a financial aid worksheet with your study abroad advisor
  • Take the sheet to Student Financial Aid in 11 Jesse Hall to meet with a financial aid adviser (no appointment necessary or an appointment can be made through MU Connect).

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule.


Applications can be submitted here.

First come, first serve basis until the course is full (limited to 30 students).

Registration deadline: February 14, 2019

Course Instructor

Lindsey Wisnewski

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