The Marine Life Society of South Australia is promoting a semester abroad program at the Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia to South Australian students. The Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia will be conducting a 16-week international study program in the field of Tropical Biology and Marine Conservation. This program aims at raising environmental awareness and motivating and recruiting future conservationists. The program costs €2950. A free new 4-week intensive Coral Reef Restoration summer course in the field of Reef Ecology and Mangrove Ecology is being held in 2018.

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The semester program “Tropical Biology and Marine Conservation” was developed together with the Faculty of Biology and Marine Science of the University of Udayana in Bali. The courses are held in English, partly by local professors and by national and international guest lecturers. International students are offered a practical semester in Bali, in which gained knowledge is being put into practice in numerous excursions and field studies.

The Udayana University works together with locally committed companies and community organizations in the field of tropical biology, marine and environmental protection as well as renewable and alternative energies.

These institutions are very interested in inviting international students from other countries for excursions and minor research. A brief overview of the study contents can be found at .

“The upskill study abroad program is on a mission to build a community of well-rounded, creative marine science and biology students and scientist. We give students a deep knowledge of marine science & oceanography and all the skills they need to build a lasting, prosperous research career.

“Our goal is to make marine science students approachable for those who previously didn’t have hands-on-experience in their studies. Our well-designed courses are project-based and team-oriented to accelerate learning and help our students be ready to excel – confident, prepared, and empowered.”

The current course content can be found at

The upskill Tropical Biology & Marine Conservation Study Program costs €2950


  • Full tuition (16 weeks lectures in English language, max. 30 ECTS)
  • Credit transfer assistance
  • 440+ hours of expert instruction
  • Various excursions, field trips and workshops (weekly)
  • Student ID
  • Study materials
  • Pre-departure advising and support
  • Bali Travel Guide
  • Visa assistance
  • Airport pickup with meet and greet (optional)
  • Arrival package/bag incl. SIM-card, Infos, etc..
  • Welcome dinner
  • Orientation and safety briefing
  • Detailed briefing before every field trip
  • Local support

Visit and for more details.

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A new 4 weeks intensive summer course in the field of Reef Ecology and Mangrove Ecology is being held in 2018 (Coral Reef Restoration Summer Course). The course fee for 4 weeks is 2490 EURO (app. AUD3790). See and
“Immerse yourself into a 4-week summer study course in coral reef restoration in Bali. Explore the health status of coral reefs around the island of Bali and get a deeper understanding of the tropical marine ecosystem in general. See how climate change and ocean acidification impact the ecosystem and coral reefs and why it is particularly important to restore the health status of coral reefs in order to ensure and secure the survival of all living being. During lectures and several field trips you will get to know and see different approaches used to restore the coral reefs around the island of Bali.”

Email MLSSA at to find out more about the program.

By Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society's extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.

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