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CAPA: Sustainability & Environmental Studies
Spring 2024 Semester Sydney

CAPA: Sustainability & Environmental Studies Available Sessions

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About the Program

Sydney is an excellent study abroad location to learn about sustainability and environmental studies. Home to the world’s first Green Party, Australia is an excellent place to study sustainability and environmental studies. As Australia’s largest city, Sydney offers numerous ways to explore these themes through a contemporary lens.

The CAPA Concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Studies offers the opportunity to explore contemporary issues such as climate change, air quality, water use, waste management, energy consumption, and building resilience in our cities while gaining an understanding of the complex cultural, economic, and political factors that influence environmental policymaking.

Classes will be taught through a combination of classroom learning and field studies, including an exploration of Aboriginal culture and heritage at Sydney Botanic Gardens; an examination of the human relationship with nature, animals, and wilderness with a trip to Taronga Zoo; and a visit to sustainability campaigner Michael Mobbs’ off-grid 19th-century terrace house in the inner city. Plus, have access to the full CAPA Sydney Global Cities curriculum.


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Sydney
  • Dates:
  • mid Jan 2024 - mid Apr 2024
  • Price:
  • $19,595
  • Credits:
  • 12 - 15
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • 10/26/23
  • Withdraw by:
  • 11/11/23
  • Application Requirements
  • School of Record Forms
  • Authorization Form
  • Complete Application
  • Transcript - Official
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Eligibility
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 2.5
  • Course Prerequisites:
  • Some courses may have prerequisites.
  • Other:
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with your home institution
  • Education Completed:
  • Be the equivalent of at least a 2nd semester Sophomore (strongly recommended)
  • Other:
  • Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the US (Canada or Mexico if eligible)
  • Other:
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Study at the CAPA Sydney Center, centrally located in a bustling Haymarket neighborhood, and take courses in a wide variety of subject areas that encourage you to explore this diverse and vibrant city through in-classroom study and out-of-classroom experiences.

When in Sydney you can choose standard housing. Housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can't guarantee housing preferences.

Program Structure

The recommended curriculum for this concentration consists of two courses: People, Place and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; and Resilient Cities; along with the optional Global Internship Course and additional courses of your choice from the full Sydney Global Cities curriculum. Overall, you’ll enroll in 4-5 CAPA courses. Elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits, the internship course meets for 45-90 contact hours/3-6 credits. Earn 12-15 credits.

CAPA Center courses meet Monday through Thursday.

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

A transcript from the University of Minnesota is awarded upon successful completion of the program.




The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.


Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Visit the dazzling Blue Mountains and Featherdale National Park where you can get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas.

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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

This excursion includes an overnight stay with dinner inside the Taronga Zoo.

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