Tropical Terrestrial Biology focuses on the biology of terrestrial tropical ecosystems in South East Asia and involves a field trip to the Mulu National Park and Kuching in Borneo-Malaysia during the second semester break. This field trip fulfils the practical component of the unit and all enrolled students must attend.
We travel to Kuching and Mulu via Kuala Lumpur and activities will include planning and conducting a number of research projects that will require studying the flora and fauna of a number of different tropical habitats. We will also visit a number of different locations around Mulu and Kuching to showcase the diversity of habitats in the region.
The field course is jointly run by the Clayton and Malaysian campuses of Monash University and runs as a week-long compulsory field component at Mulu National Park in Borneo-Malaysia during the second semester break.
Friday 21st September to Saturday 29th September 2018.
You must be enrolled in BIO3820 and be able to travel to and from Malaysia during the semester break with the group.
We travel as a group from Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur to the coastal town of Kuching. The following day we remain in Kuching and will visit a National Park and spend one more night. We then have a short flight the next day to Mulu National Park where we will stay for 4 nights. We stay in dormitories at the national park and eat at the park’s cafe. We will then return to Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur on an overnight flight.
— This may vary slightly up or down before final payment is due. This payment covers all travel (inc. Travel Insurance), accommodation and all food at Mulu. The items not covered by this payment are 2 dinners at Kuching and other extras such as souvenirs and snacks.
You must pay a $100 deposit
’ — by 18th May 2018
Eligible students undertaking the field trip to South East Asia will receive a Monash Abroad travel grant of $500.00.
40 student places – this unit currently has a quota of 40.
You must have a valid Passport that does not expire until six months after the date of departure. If you do not have a valid passport please organise now!
If a student withdraws from the field trip program a refund of some fees may be possible.
Under banking regulations, if a student has made a payment with a credit card any refund must be credited to the original card. Monash University will refund to the original credit card if the initial payment was via that credit card within the previous 12 months, otherwise the refund will be processed by cheque.
All course cancellations must be in writing (notice of cancellation).
If the notice of cancellation is received (effective date):
More than 28 days* prior to the program commencement date: 100% of the program fees will be refunded less administration fee
Between 7 - 28 days* prior to the program commencement date: 50% of the program fees will be refunded less administration fee
Less than 7 days* prior to the program commencement date: 0% of the program fees will be refunded
* Refers to all days, including weekends and public holidays.
A notice of withdrawal may be accepted as grounds for a partial refund of fees if the supporting documentary evidence can substantiate a claim due to:
- illness or disability
- death of a close family member (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or
- political or civil event that prevents a student continuing a program.
Applications for refund or transfer must be received in writing at least 7 days prior to course commencement. All refunds incur an administration charge of 10%.
No refunds can be made for cancellations received less than 7 days before the course commencement.