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SIT Study Abroad Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
Cairns, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
SIT - School for International Training
Program Term(s):
Semester only
Minimum Class Standing:
Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.50
Prerequisites:
Yes
Previous Language Study Req?:
No
Language of Instruction:
English
Housing Options:
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of Study:
Agriculture, Forestry, Lands Management, Anthropology/Ethnography, Biology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Ecology, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Geography, Indigenous Studies, International Studies, Management, Marine Science, Multicultural Studies, Political Science, Sociology Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based
Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:

Asia study abroad programSIT Study Abroad Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology

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

  • Spend six weeks in Buenos Aires.
  • Rapidly improve your Spanish.
  • Explore economic and social realities of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) countries.
  • Discuss similarities and differences among these four countries and important transnational and regional processes.
  • Learn about the introduction of genetically modified seeds and the social, environmental, and economic impacts of mono cropping.
  • Choose between an internship or an Independent Study Project (ISP)
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
 

Internships

 

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

 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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IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE INFORMATION:

SIT programs may be competitive and fill before the application deadline date.

If you are planning to study abroad with SIT in the fall, it is in your best interest to apply for Gustavus approval AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, and well prior to the March 1 deadline, and some SIT programs may be full by then.

SIT Application Opening Dates:
    * January 15 for fall and summer programs
    * April 15 for spring programs.
Applications received prior to the opening date will be reviewed after the opening date has passed. Information on application status will not be available until after the opening date for the term under review. Students, advisors, or faculty are welcome to check on application status after the opening date.

SIT Fall Semester Closing Dates:
    * May 1: For Brazil, Kenya, and Tanzania
    * May 15: For all other programs

SIT Spring Semester Closing Dates:
    * November 1 for all programs