SIT Study Abroad: Australia - Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology

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This program explores the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of far North Queensland and the relationship of traditional and contemporary human cultures with the environment. Students interact with scientists and local experts from organizati... read more

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A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Australia - Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
I learned so much about the interconnectedness of Australian ecology, evolution, and anthropology. My time in Australia broadened my horizons and allowed me to experience a lot of personal growth. I would do it again in a heartbeat - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I figured out my dream job! I would love to have a career studying whale sharks! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about native Australian flora and fauna, ecology, and different Australian environments. There were some long days out in the field but it was totally worthwhile to see all the unique species that we did. - Cornell University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was extremely worthwhile. I had amazing and incredible opportunities in the field, and I gained many fieldwork techniques and information that I will be able to apply at home. I also gained many connections and research opportunities that has me grow in my field. The opportunities that I had and the pl... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I met so many new people, realized there are so many amazing places I have never been and need to explore, and learned more about myself than I ever expected - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a great perspective on biology outside of the classroom through my independent project and made some amazing American friends that I never would have met otherwise. It was definitely worthwhile and I learned a lot about myself and the things in life that make me happy. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Australia: Rainforest, Reef, & Cultural Ecology
I had already learned about most of the ecological concepts we studied during the semester, but the experiential knowledge and connections I made really helped me learn it in a way that I never could in a classroom. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
I gained more self confidence and independence. I also feel like I learned a unbelievable amount of information on rainforest, corals reefs and life in Australia. This program was 100% worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
This program showed me how to live a balanced life, and I found a passion for birds and fish! It was a once in a lifetime experience! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile! I learned everything about the Australian environment from ecology to biology and anthropological associations. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to navigate lectures given in the field and be independent in a new location. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of knowledge about Australian ecology and conservation, as well as information about the history and culture of Australia. It was worthwhile and I enjoyed the diverse array of activities we were able to participate in. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about tropical ecology. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about very new ecosystems which was really valuable as an ecologist. I enjoyed the field excursions and found myself ready to return to the rigor of my home institution afterwards. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Australia: Rainforest, Reef, & Cultural Ecology
THe ability to really rely on myself and push myself to my limits. Stepping out of my comfort zone in the Pacific was one of the most beneficial things I could have done for myself. Living with 20 other students forced me to become even more patient and accepting of others who act and think differently than myself. My experience... - Austin College View Entire Review

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This program explores the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of far
North Queensland and the relationship of traditional and contemporary
human cultures with the environment. Students interact with scientists
and local experts from organizations such as the Lizard Island Research Station and the Wet Tropics Management Authority to gain a firsthand understanding of ongoing conservation efforts in an exceptionally diverse environment.
The program's field-based modules allow students to:


  • examine the diversity of habitats and environments within the Wet Tropics Bioregion,

  • study coral reef conservation and management issues, and 

  • experience traditional Aboriginal lifestyles and culture.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Environmental Science
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school

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