Tropical Rainforest Studies in Australia Past Review


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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile, but it was not what I wanted it to be. I'm glad I went, I had a lot of amazing experiences, and I learned how to cope with things that were not terribly favorable, particularly social environments and living arrangements.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2010

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were not challenging at all, but the directed research component almost made up the difference.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

cabins <br /><br /> we were in cabins in the rainforest which was lovely and appropriate.

* Food:

there was not a lot of variety but it was decent food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

the social climate was difficult. being stuck with the same 24 people day in and day out is difficult. the classes were just not challenging enough.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

there was a high awareness of safety and proper health practices.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? none
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? there wasn't much opportunity to spend money. it wasn't really an issue.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Know what you're getting into. Talk to alumns before you make a decision.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Rainforest Ecology

Course Department: BI/EE 369
Instructor: Sigrid Heise-Pavlov
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Principles of Forest Management

Course Department: EE 370
Instructor: Timothy Curran
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values

Course Department: EE 302
Instructor: Moni Carlisle
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Directed Research

Course Department: EE 492 or 492
Instructor: Sigrid Heise- Pavlov
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: no