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The School for Field Studies / SFS: Australia & New Zealand - Rainforest Studies
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
SFS Tropical Rainforest Studies offered the unique opportunity to truly live in the rainforest! This is an incredibly intimate view of an ancient and endangered ecosystem which boasts incredible biodiversity and ecosystem services. As a participant in this program, I was not a visitor to the rainforest, but actually living insid... Guthrie - Brandeis 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! A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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. A student - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. I gained a whole new perspective and a serious case of wanderlust. DaTeng L - 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. A student - Bucknell University View Entire Review
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. Sara P - 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. Mackenzie A K - 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! A student - 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. A student - 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. Haley M - 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. A student - 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. Andrea M - Clark University View Entire Review
It piqued and kept my interest in environmental education. Anne O - University of Southern California View Entire Review
It was 100% worthwhile. I would recommend it to other nature lovers like me! Sabrina Pond - 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 ... Elizabeth Hochman - Brandeis University View Entire Review
If you want to know, email me. There is a lot. Yes it was worth every penny. Mark McComb - 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. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, It definitely was emmaleanne1994 - 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. A student - Providence College View Entire Review
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. Allie B - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
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... Olivia P F - 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. Haley M - 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! A student - Clark University - Worcester View Entire Review
very very worthwhile- learned about a truly unique part of the world, developed my interest in ecology A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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... Kirsten P - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
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.
Rainforest to Reef (SEMESTER PROGRAM): Immerse yourself in
the rich biodiversity of the rainforest and learn about ecological resilience
in the face of climate change and other environmental threats. Connect
rainforest management and conservation issues with downstream impacts on the
Great Barrier Reef. Become a part of large-scale restoration ecology experiments
and study environmental policy and community conservation approaches while
developing skills in field research and data collection.
Rainforests of New Zealand and Australia (SUMMER PROGRAM): In
this two-country program, you will learn how environmental and social factors
have contributed to forest fragmentation in the spectacular, once-vast
rainforests of Australia and New Zealand. Compare endangered species management
practices, meet with indigenous communities to learn about their natural
resource use, and examine ecosystem restoration approaches.
Watersheds of the Wet Tropics (SUMMER PROGRAM): The Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforests of northern
Australia form a complex, interconnected system. Spend your summer learning
about rainforest and watershed management in this verdant region while
considering the policies and actions needed to maintain healthy waterways in
the face of climate change.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Biological and Physical Sciences
- Botany, Plant Biology
- Earth Science
- Environmentall Engineering
- Natural Resources and Conservation
- Natural Resources Management
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Zoology, Animal Biology
- Global Studies
- Natural Resources, Conservation
- Biology and Biomedical Sciences
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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.
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.
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.
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.