Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology


Although Australia is famous for its outback, most of the country's population lives in urban areas along the coast. The program spends time in Cairns and small towns to give students multiple perspectives on topics, including the Australian urban experience, Aboriginal issues in urban settings, and urban ecology.

Students experience a two-week homestay with an Australian family in Cairns. The homestay takes place immediately following orientation so students can become familiar with Australian culture and the community early on in the program. Many students form strong bonds with their homestay families and visit them at later points in the semester. The homestay experience provides an excellent opportunity for students to discover the subtle yet substantial differences between US and Australian cultures.

Cairns is a small yet dynamic city with excellent access to tropical beaches, freshwater creeks fed by clear mountain streams, and other ecological treasures. While in Cairns, students might visit the Cairns Esplanade, an exceptional recreational area and internationally recognized migratory water bird habitat. Learn more about the Esplanade.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, small hotels, and campsites.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Cairns

Prerequisites: Coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT. Read more...

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