College Student Trips

Our educational trips for college students embrace a “learn by doing” approach. While ticking the academic goals, students also learn the value of international travel as a tool to better understand the world and their place in it.

Through involvement with aboriginal culture, local professors and biologists, and community-based service projects, college students gain an appreciation for the connection between human activities and the environment.

Zoologist, Marine Biologist and Wildlife Expert Guides

You could say our guides are nerdy. But only if nerdy means intellectual, passionate and fiendishly concerned about details. Our guides are also fun and flexible, and we’ve chose them because they’re exactly the type of people you’d want as a travelling companion.

Our guides will cover the cerebral topics as well as the trivial with equal aplomb, discussing the mating habits of montoremes to beer-ordering tips in an outback pub. They will also be joined by specialists such as wildlife photographers, marine biologists, aboriginal elders, and ecotourism professors to give an added dimension to your trip.

“We taught a two course (6 credit hrs) Flora and Fauna of Australasia program in May of 2015 with twenty students. SWJ is based in Cairns, which was the perfect college/tourist town for ‘home basing’ our program. We included 3 extended field trips over 18 days to the Daintree Rainforest, Atherton Tablelands/Undara lava tubes, and Great Barrier Reef/Fitzroy Island areas. Each leg of our expedition was comfortable, extremely diverse in flora and fauna, beautiful and our guides were all incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and excited to work with college age students. The extent to which our logistical, dietary, and camping/field challenges were accommodated allowed us to remain focused on the learning goals of our program. Simply put, SWJ met or exceeded all of our expectations and we plan to continue using their services on future classes!”

–Shea Tuberty, Professor, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA (May ’15 )

The following educational tours can be tailored to your educational objectives and curriculum:


Aboriginal Culture Discovery

6 Days / 5 Nights

Introducing Australia's Indigenous People & Culture

Trips starting from: $995 per student

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Rafting Under Waterfall Tropical Australia

Aussie Adventure

12 Days / 11 Nights

An Outdoor Adventurer's Paradise

Trips starting from: $2485 per student

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Farm visit in Far north Queensland

Agriculture and Agronomy

10 Days / 9 Nights

Agriculture in the Australian Tropics

Trips starting from: $2195 per student

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Outback Australia Farm and Throwing Boomerangs

Australia Highlights

9 Days / 8 Nights

Australia's Wild Country and Characters

Trips starting from: $1865 per student

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High School Student Adventure Programs in New Zealand

Australia-New Zealand Adventure

14 days/13 nights

The Best of New Zealand and Australia!

Trips starting from: from $3435 AUD

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Academic tours in Australia for college students

Australian Tropical Biology

14 Days / 13 Nights

Marine and Terrestrial Biology in the Tropics

Trips starting from: $2745 per student

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Learning to crack a whip on student tour to the outback

Best of Australia

11 days/10 nights

Unforgettable Sydney, Gold Coast, Reef, Outback and Rainforest

Trips starting from: $2295 per student

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SCUBA Diving with Nemo Student Trips

Learn to SCUBA Dive

6 Days / 5 Nights

SCUBA Diving in an Underwater Wonderland

Trips starting from: $1045 per student

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Nemo in Anenome at Great Barrier Reef

Reef and Marine Studies

6 Days / 5 Nights

Marine Science in Paradise

Trips starting from: $1195 per student

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Sustainability Studies and Tree Planting

Sustainability and Service

8 Days / 7 Nights

An Adventure That "Green" Dreams Are Made Of

Trips starting from: $1945 per student

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Blue Mountains student tour from Sydney

Sydney Discovery

5 Days/ 4 Nights

A Sample of "The Harbour City"

Trips starting from: $965 per student

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Show Your Students You’re Environmentally & Socially Conscious

In our time of intense concern about the environment, it only makes sense to choose an eco-friendly tour operator.  We are proud to say that we are a carbon-neutral company–rare in the travel industry, but most certainly appreciated by your students. Small World Journeys pays to offset the carbon emissions that result from all of our office activities and our educational tours in Queensland and New South Wales.

Through Sustainable Travel International (STI), our emissions are calculated and offset by our financial support of Gold Standard sustainability projects around the world. We also make financial and in-kind donations to local conservation and indigenous community groups. For more information, see 10 Reasons Why We’re Eco.

“Our educational goals were met with the exceptional help of our guide Alan. He did a good job at explaining the flora and fauna of all areas visited. He related well with the students, was very knowledgeable and made the experience great. The course was named Ecology of Tropical Australia and the topics covered and places visited were appropriate to teach our students about the diversity of the Wet Tropics. Great trip and experience, eco-friendly all around!”
–Ely Klar, Teacher, Columbus State University, USA – (May ’12)

Your Hard Questions Happily Answered

With leading a group of college students overseas comes a host of responsibilities, as well as barrage of questions. We encourage you to ask us the hard questions, and to demand the highest standards when it comes to your trip. We’re up to the task. We’ll ensure no detail is overlooked, and you can be confident your university group will have the best journey possible.

Interested, But Don’t Know Where to Start?

Even if you don’t see your group’s interest above, chances are we can make it happen. Our trips in Queensland and New South Wales are hand-crafted for those who cannot find exactly what they want from the inflexible set itineraries of large tour operators.


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