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SIT: Australia: Cairns: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
Cairns, Australia (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 01-NOV-2018
**
Rolling Admission 02-FEB-2019 17-MAY-2019
Fall Semester 2019 01-APR-2019 ** Rolling Admission 23-AUG-2019 05-DEC-2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
none
Open to Non-UVa Students:
No
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Field Study/ Experiential, Island
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Yes
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Yes
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Biology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, Global Studies, Independent Study, Minority Studies
Program Description:

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

Study abroad program with SIT

Examine the ecology and culture of Australia’s two most diverse environments, the Wet Tropics Bioregion and the Great Barrier Reef, and study the ecological patterns, processes, and human influences affecting these bioregions.

Program Highlights

  • Live for 10 days on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest.
  • “Go bush” with Aboriginal elders during a seven-day camping trip in remote bushland.
  • Conduct marine, terrestrial, and anthropological fieldwork in a cross-cultural context and learn to read the landscape.
  • Observe flora and fauna, and hear lectures in outdoor “classrooms.”
  • Spend two weeks with a Cairns family while you attend lectures and learn basic field techniques.
  • Study coral reef conservation and management, conduct scientific surveys, and observe marine life on snorkeling excursions among the coral reefs.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Key Topics of Study

  • Diverse habitats and environments within the Wet Tropics Bioregion
  • Coral reef conservation and management
  • Aboriginal perspectives on the environment
  • Rainforest ecology and conservation
  • Politics of conservation in Australia
  • Biophysical relationships between terrestrial and marine ecosystems

Independent Study Project

You will spend the last five weeks of the program conducting original, independent research on a subject of your choice at a location appropriate to your topic. For many students, the independent study project (ISP) is the highlight of their academic experience in Australia. It allows you to take the information you acquire from thematic coursework and field study and use it to design, implement, analyze, and write a scientifically valid research report. Through your own initiative, you will network and collaborate with Australian experts. Many students have made lasting professional connections during their ISP.

Sample ISP topics have included:
  • Approaches to controlling crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Reforestation corridors as habitat for native wildlife
  • Changes to fish behavior under elevated carbon dioxide levels
  • Conservation issues affecting koalas, Tasmanian devils, and tree kangaroos

 Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance
Scholarships:
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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