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SIT: Australia, Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
Cairns, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction::
Core Program Attributes::
Direct Enrollment, Project-based Program
Minimum GPA::
Housing Options::
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel/Guest House, Other
Approved by::
Open to::
junior, senior, sophomore
Program 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.

Major topics of study include:
  • The diversity of habitats and environments within the Wet Tropics Bioregion,
  • Coral reef conservation and management issues
  • Aboriginal perspectives on the environment
  • Rainforest ecology and conservation
  • Green politics in Australia
  • Geomorphology

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 ** 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.