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This is not the Australia you know. Towering strangler fig trees and rare species like the southern cassowary and mahogany glider can be found in these ancient rainforests. Far North Queensland is one of the most biodiverse places in the world,... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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It piqued and kept my interest in environmental education. - University of Southern California View Entire Review
I learned that the world is far more intricate than I originally thought. I learned to live in close quarters with my fellow students, professors and staff. Patience was definitely needed as well as team spirit. The experience also confirmed my passion and interest in conservation biology. - Clark University View Entire Review
This program helped me to confirm my interests in graduate studies (or a career) in ecology - Knox College View Entire Review
Very much so, there will rarely be times in your life that you are able to have such an oppurtunity, for example, living in the middle of one of the World Heritage sites, and its something I would do over again in a minute. The only thing I would change was being more involved in the community and really getting to immerse mysel... - University of Redlands View Entire Review
yes. - Harvard University View Entire Review
I've learned much more about being a global citizen and also about myself. - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
amazing - Lesley College View Entire Review
My study abroad experience in Australia and New Zealand was one of the best experiences of my life and definitely of my college career. It really changed me for the better. I loved being exposed to so many people from different parts of the United States and people from around the world. It did help me make a firm decision on my... - Boston University View Entire Review
What I learned at Warrawee deepened my interest in working on environmental policy, as we studied the political context and how poor policies had contributed to ecological destruction -- as well as how changes to those policies could make a big difference on the ground. I learned very practical ways of how to give back to my com... - Williams College View Entire Review
Yes it was definitely worth it. There's just a type of learning experience you can't get elsewhere, other than studying abroad. I realized that there is a world of things to discover (literally!) and that we need to be taking advantage of these moments! - University of Cincinnati View Entire Review
I'm glad that I went abroad, but I'm even happier knowing that I'll get to return to Wellesley. I feel as if I generally liked the program more than most people in my group, but even then, I had a very hard time adjusting to the social atmosphere because of lack of commonalities. I expected a different group of people, thinking ... - Wellesley College 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 gained knowledge about the rainforest and cultures surrounding it in both oz and nz. I made some amazing life long friends and had some spectacular adventures. - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. It was challenging but rewarding. I had never done field work before and this program prepared me for my career as a biologist. - Linfield College View Entire Review
It was the best thing I've ever done. I learned about a different culture and living in a country with different laws and rules it broadened my perspective on the world. I would say I pay more attention to world news now than I did before I went abroad. Since going abroad I realize I definitely want to continue to travel to o... - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
I was in a completely different environment for three months. I saw things and met people I will never see again. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
yes. It is difficult to describe in a short space how studying abroad has affected me. It was an entirely new experience, and one that I will not forget. - Austin College View Entire Review
Completely changed some of my views of the environmental world, expanded my horizons about environmental and agricultural issues, and was the singlest best three months of my life. Yeah, I'd call it worthwhile. View Entire Review
I learned about foreign ecology and culture, and about the US through interacting with my fellow students. I learned about myself and what I want to do for the rest of my life. I am very happy I did this program and I would love to return to NZ and AUS. - Boston University View Entire Review
It was a marvelous experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I met amazing people that all had a common interest in the environment, and I now know people from all over the United States and Australia. I've learned so much from them, as I'm sure they've learned from me. It's important to keep in mind how our actions impac... - Trinity University View Entire Review
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. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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This is not the Australia you know. Towering strangler fig trees and
rare species like the southern cassowary and mahogany glider can be found in
these ancient rainforests. Far North Queensland is one of the most biodiverse
places in the world, preserving over 500 million years of evolutionary history.
It is also home to Earth’s largest living organism – the Great Barrier Reef.

Based in this rugged region, SFS programs take
place in Australia’s legendary forests, with excursions to the edge of the
Outback and the Great Barrier Reef. Our research focuses on the environmental
threats that have caused rainforest fragmentation, species loss, and reef
die-off, and we work with the Mandingalbay Yidinji Indigenous people and
Tablelands communities on restoration and management projects to reverse these
impacts.


  • 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 I PROGRAM): In
    this two-country program, you’ll learn how environmental and social factors
    have led 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
    relationship with the environment, and examine ecosystem restoration approaches.

  • Watersheds of the Wet Tropics (SUMMER II 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.
Students live and study at the SFS Center for Rainforest Studies. Our
Center lies at the end of a narrow, winding road, in the middle of a lush
rainforest. The 153-acre property is surrounded by protected World Heritage
forests, and you can see incredible wildlife from the front steps of your
cabin. Nearby Yungaburra and Cairns provide the occasional return to
civilization.

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

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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.

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

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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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