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SIT: Australia, Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
Cairns, Australia
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Camping, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
 A&S Approved?:
conditional Fields of Instruction: Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Cultural Studies, Earth sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Independent Study, Marine Sciences, Plant Sciences/Botany, Sciences, Social Policy, Tropical Ecology
 Class Rank:
junior, senior, sophomore Study Abroad Advisor : Libby Okihiro
Program Description:

Examine the ecological and cultural patterns, processes, and dynamics of Australia's two most diverse environments - the Wet Tropics Bioregion and the Great Barrier Reef.

This program explores the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of far North Queensland and the relationship of traditional and contemporary human cultures with the environment. Students interact with scientists and local experts from organizations such as the Lizard Island Research Station and the Wet Tropics Management Authority to gain a firsthand understanding of ongoing conservation efforts in an exceptionally diverse environment.

The program's field-based modules allow students to:

  • Examine the diversity of habitats and environments within the Wet Tropics Bioregion
  • Study coral reef conservation and management issues
  • Experience traditional Aboriginal lifestyles and culture

A Leader in Tropical Conservation
Australia is the planet's only developed country containing significant tropical rainforest and coral reef systems. Because of this, many people regard North Queensland as a "proving ground" for conservation efforts of tropical forests and coral reef systems worldwide. North Queensland's economy emphasizes agriculture and nature-based tourism.

The region's well-educated public, strong conservation infrastructure, and extensive science and community involvement in nature conservation efforts, are other important factors explaining why the region can serve as an example for tropical ecosystems management and conservation globally.

Throughout the program, students examine the regional landscape and particular histories, perspectives, and values of its diverse inhabitants.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.