From scuba diving and sunset cruises, to sea kayaking and chilling with koalas, TEAN’s exclusive new “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Excursion is one exciting and educational introduction to the land down under. Taking place  in the northern city of Cairns, famous for its tropical atmosphere and access to the Great Barrier Reef, your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by acquainting you with the local culture and academics, allowing time to get to know your soon-to-be-friends and having a memorable journey in the process. Our in-country staff will be there to personally guide you through orientation sessions and all the unique activities – including snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef – planned for the week, all you have to do is show up ready for an adventure!



Orientation Program & Excursion


6 Days




Cairns / Great Barrier Reef


Varies, check your program dates


Included for Australia Semester Programs


Spend a day out on the Great Barrier Reef to learn more about preserving this special site and even going on an introductory scuba dive with our onboard marine biologist

Explore the rainforest village of Kuranda

Hang out with iconic Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, at the nature park

Catch a classic Aussie film at TEAN’s outdoor cinema screening night

Wrap up an adventure-filled week with a sunset dinner cruise

Spend time getting to know your new study abroad friends and TEAN in-country staff


Sample Itinerary

Note:  Itinerary is subject to change dependent on when you study abroad.

Day One

Arrive in Cairns and move into your hotel for the week. We’ll kick off with a welcome session and walking tour of the city, followed by a celebratory group dinner.

Day Two

Now it’s time to get out and explore! This day focuses on the indigenous people of Australia and the country’s natural environment. We will explore the rainforest and learn about the Aboriginal community. We will also visit a nature park and get the opportunity to meet some emus and kangaroos face-to-face.

DAY three

Today will be a series of interactive sessions and workshops to help prepare you for your semester in Australia. We will cover Aussie culture, academic differences and expectations, semester logistics and personal goal setting.

Day Four

Today is a wild full-day reef experience. You will get to the opportunity to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef along with the option of testing out your scuba skills with an introductory dive. Experience an area of this natural wonder that remains largely unaffected by coral bleaching while learning more about the environmental issues at hand and how we can protect the reef for the future from a marine biologist working in the region.

Day Five

This a free day with the option to book any additional activities. Take advantage of Cairns’ adventure sports or rest and unwind before meeting as a group  in the evening to depart for our farewell dinner cruise into the sunset.

Day Six

It’s time to say goodbye, but this is just the beginning of your Australian experience. Head to the airport first thing in the morning for your flight to your host city. Your local Resident Director will be there to welcome you and help you move into your accommodation.

Free Day Options

Optional Activities

You will have a free day to explore and book additional activities you want to do while in Cairns. We have pre-reserved space for recommended events. Some options include sea kayaking, a Cape Tribulation tour, hot air ballooning, whitewater rafting, day trips to Fitzroy Island and more. Of course, you might just want to relax and spend time at the pool, which is okay too!

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