AUSTRALIA - Energy & Environment

Program Dates
Sunday, May 12, 2019 to Thursday, May 23, 2019

This program focuses on two challenges facing Australia: energy generation and environmental stewardship

Energy management is a big part of sustainability in Australia.  As the sunniest continent on earth, Australia has abundant wind and hydroelectric power capabilities. And yet the cost of electricity increased 20 percent from 2012 to 2016, with Australians this year paying between 50 and 100 percent more for their power than Americans, according to experts. Students taking part in this program will learn more about energy management from the University of Queensland that is moving entirely off-grid to operate its own photo-voltaic generation facility. 

Environmental sustainability is also of major importance in Australia.  The shrinking of the Great Barrier Reef which stretches over 1,400 miles of the coastline is one of the biggest challenges facing the country/continent.  Ecologists report a 50% decline in corals along the reef just since 2016 due to warming ocean temperatures.  As part of this program students, will visit the reef and learn about efforts to reverse the environmental damage.

Students will spend 12 days visiting related sites in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.  

For more information, view the program presentation. For a full description and application instructions, visit OIED's on-line program brochure.


  • BUS 3055 - Renewable Energy in Australia - 3 credit hours Pre-requisite: 54 earned hours and good academic standing
  • MBA 5020 - International Seminar - Australia - 3 credit hours Pre-requisite: Graduate Status


  • MBA 5020 – This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration. 
  • BUS 3055 - This course counts as an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), HOS elective, COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.


Billable Program Cost: $ 4,350
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 350.00 (Summer tuition not included. See below for estimate.)
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: health/wellness ($150), personal expenses ($100), visa ($100), and some meals ($50).
Undergraduate in-state summer tuition for 2019 is estimated at $475 for 3 credits.
Graduate summer tuition for 2019 is estimated at $1100 for 3 credits (including the MBA Professional Differential Charge).

Program Leaders

Dr. Martin Meznar
Associate Dean for Global and Civic Engagement

Dr. Martin Meznar is the Associate Dean for Global and Civic Engagement at Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business.  He was born and raised in Brazil, is fluent in Portuguese and holds both Brazilian and American citizenships.  He has led multiple student groups on short-term study abroad programs to Brazil, Malawi, Ecuador, Turkey, Cuba, and Russia. This is his first program to Australia. Dr. Meznar's research deals largely with corporate social and environmental responsibility and attitudes of multinational corporations to non-economic stakeholders.

Dr. Sandra Vannoy
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs & Research

Dr. Sandra Vannoy is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research at Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business.  She was born and raised in Watauga County, NC and has traveled to 15 countries across 4 continents.   Dr. Vannoy has worked extensively with student international experiences, having led, co-led or traveled with a number of short-term study abroad programs to destinations including China, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Cuba, Poland and Russia. This will be Dr. Vannoy's first international experience in Australia. Dr. Vannoy's research deals primarily with the intersection of people and technology, and the influence of technology in organizations.

Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students