The School for Field Studies / SFS: Australia & New Zealand - Rainforest Studies

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The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Queensland, Australia, provide exciting opportunities for students to study and work hands-on in rainforest management and restoration in the country’s tropical rainforest. SFS stu... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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It was 100% worthwhile. I would recommend it to other nature lovers like me! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This program was definitely worthwhile! It reminded me why I chose to study Environmental Studies/Science in the first place! We were encouraged to explore, to be hands-on, and to interact with others and the environment. I gained necessary skills and knowledge, did research for the first time, I met great people, and I fell in ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
July 25, 2016 You Have To Go!
If you want to know, email me. There is a lot. Yes it was worth every penny. - Baylor University View Entire Review
I learned that I want to pursue a career that allows me to work in a hands on manner and maximize my time outside! I also gained valuable ecological skills. Lastly, my love for travel was deepened profoundly. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, It definitely was - Berea College View Entire Review
I am alot more willing to try new things and be adventurous than I thought I could ever be. It was worthwhile because I got to learn about subjects in the actual environment where they happened. - Providence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SFS: Australia - Tropical Rainforest Studies
I changed my career path, I learned to appreciate the outdoors more, I gained valuable friends and an increase in confidence. It was more than worthwhile, it was better than great, it helped shape who I am today. - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SFS: Australia - Tropical Rainforest Studies
Most definitely. I believe that by the end of the program we were all wishing that it could have been twice as long. We managed to get so much in that short period of time. There is nothing better than waking up to a symphony of birds, of walking from your cabin and seeing a family of pademelons (little forest kangaroos), and ha... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Extremely worthwhile. I learned exactly what I hoped to, met amazing people, made wonderful friends, saw the country I've always wanted to see. - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
I gained a new perspective on my major, and life in general, and made lifelong friends! It was more than worthwhile! - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
very very worthwhile- learned about a truly unique part of the world, developed my interest in ecology - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Australian Woes
I was not satisfied with my experience. The policies were too restricting, keeping students from experiences the culture and other social aspects of the country. Very little time was allotted for activities that were outside school time. The only way we got to experience other parts of Australia was through school sanctioned... - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
Love for nature spiked during my time at the Rainforest Research Center in Australia. I appreciate my time there so much. It very much changed my life. - Stanford University View Entire Review
I felt like I learned (and LIVED) about a totally foreign area to me. I don't think I ever would have had an experience even remotely similar to this otherwise. This was the most exciting and adventurous time of my life, and definitely worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
August 23, 2016 It Was Amazing.
I learned about the environment and it pertained to actual stuff that was going on and also about the culture of both places which was really interesting so yes it was worthwhile. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
September 03, 2015 The Best Month Of My Life
Definitely worthwhile. I gained a whole new perspective and a serious case of wanderlust. - University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign View Entire Review
I gained a broader knowledge of the culture and indigenous peoples in both countries. I experienced the amazingly beautiful landscapes and nature in NZ and Australia. Although there are things that would have been helpful to know going into the program, overall I still enjoyed my time and do not regret in the slightest going. - Bucknell University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SFS: Australia - Tropical Rainforest Studies
Not only did I gain field skills and extensive knowledge about rainforest sustainability, I learned so much about myself as an individual in this chaotic world. I am more confident in who I am and where I am headed which makes this experience entirely worthwhile. - St. Mary's College of Maryland View Entire Review
I got to live in a tropical rainforest, which was an amazing and singular experience that I will never forget. I also formed great friendships with other American students from all over the US. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a much more wholistic knowledge of ecology because it was a place that was in no way similar to where I have studied before. It was 100% worthwhile! - Denison University View Entire Review
I learned about how to navigate a foreign place, how to meet new people, how to live in the rainforest, how to carry out an independent research project, how to write a scientific paper, and how to immerse myself in the culture and lifestyle. Everything was worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was probably the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. I met wonderful people and made some amazing friends and I know I will keep in touch with them forever. I learned a lot of relevant, applicable information and skills that I have taken home with me and help me daily. - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
It was, without a doubt, worthwhile. I gained so much about living outside of my comfort zone, seeing a different part of the world and learning about a different culture. - Guilford College View Entire Review
I loved the experience, and wanted exposure to research, but prior to SFS I knew I did not want to be a career researcher...my SFS experience confirmed that. - Clark University View Entire Review
It piqued and kept my interest in environmental education. - University of Southern California View Entire Review

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The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Queensland, Australia, provide exciting opportunities for students to study and work hands-on in rainforest management and restoration in the country’s tropical rainforest. SFS students, in collaboration with local landholders and stakeholder organizations, focus on enhancing the condition of tropical rainforests, as well as determining how to regenerate and restore the rainforest in the region.


  • Tropical Rainforest Studies (SEMESTER PROGRAM): The astonishing biodiversity of Australia’s rainforest and the country’s dynamic conservation efforts make Queensland an extraordinary laboratory for students to study rainforest management and restoration. Students gain an understanding of the dynamics of rainforest ecosystems and consider management strategies that support both biodiversity and the economic stability of local communities.

  • Rainforest Management Studies (SUMMER PROGRAM): Large areas of northeastern Queensland, Australia, and northern New Zealand were once covered in spectacular rainforests. In New Zealand, students discover its critically endangered flora and fauna and the impacts that have led to their decline. In Australia, students take their New Zealand experiences and examine similarities and differences in political structure, co-management arrangements, land-use patterns, and biogeography.

  • Techniques for Rainforest Research (SUMMER PROGRAM): Students explore Australia’s tropical rainforests, examine the effects of fragmentation in highly endangered rainforest systems, and develop effective field research skills in multiple disciplines while learning about rainforest restoration and conservation.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Global Studies
  • Geography
  • Anthropology
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Forestry
  • Environmentall Engineering
  • Earth Science
  • Botany, Plant Biology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
Minimum GPA:
2.6
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The School for Field Studies / SFS Scholarships

All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards. SFS will work with you and your home school to understand and meet your financial need.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards.

This need-based scholarship is available for students with a cultural and/or ancestral connection to the country in which they plan to study abroad with SFS.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be considered for the need-based Heritage Scholarship, students must complete a personal statement indicating how they qualify for this award.

SFS matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SFS semester programs to students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SFS program.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Students must complete the SFS Financial Aid Application in order to receive this award.

SFS seeks to broaden and strengthen the participation of traditionally underrepresented minority students in all of its programs. The SFS Diversity Scholarship is one of the ways we broaden the participation of underrepresented groups of students in study abroad. For SFS, underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, students who identify with a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. Underrepresented groups also include first generation college students and students from low income families.

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Deadlines:
The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must explain how participation in an SFS program would broaden the diversity of the program.

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