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SIT Study Abroad Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
Cairns, Australia (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||Luther applicants only|
|Lang. of Instruction:||English||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Class Standing:||2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior||Housing:||Homestay, Hostel|
|Program Type:||Off-Campus Study||Areas of Study:||Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Culture, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Interdisciplinary Design, Marine Science, Minority Studies, Sciences, Social Policy & Administration|
NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.
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.
- 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
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 MattersBe 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
- 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.
Contact SIT Study Abroad
- Visit our website: studyabroad.sit.edu
- Request more information or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call an admissions counselor: 888-272-7881
- Contact a former student.
- Apply to SIT
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