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07/16/2014 - 11/01/2014
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Extended to: 05/01/2014
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15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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02/21/2015 - 06/05/2015
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11/01/2014
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2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

What’s it like to explore a 260 kilometer-long reef home to 250 different types of coral? Dive into the fascinating environment that is Australia on CIEE’s Ecology, Conservation, and Sustainability program. Take courses at the renowned Curtin University Sustainability and Policy Institute, conduct marine research at Ningaloo Reef and contribute to ongoing research on endangered marsupials in the forests of the south west of Western Australia. Unique coursework, extensive fieldwork with local scientists, and exciting excursions challenge you to examine environmental issues and start coming up with real-world solutions.

Study abroad in Perth and you'll:

  • Enjoy an experiential learning model that feature field research, classroom lectures, and lab work
  • Visit the Curtin University Sustainability and Policy Institute — a nationally renowned school headed by Professor Peter Newman, an internationally known environmental scientist and sustainability expert
  • Spend time working at the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, as well as the biodiversity hotspot in the south west forests.
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE Environmental Studies/Sciences and Sustainability Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE Environmental Studies/Sciences and Sustainability Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students of environmental sciences and sustainability who want to pursue these topics with study abroad

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

study abroad in Australia

Gain hands-on experience as both a researcher and observer. You'll get to know Perth and Fremantle from an insider's view during fun opening activities like a surfing lesson. Then head north to Ningaloo Reef, the largest fringing coral reef in the world, to study tropical marine ecosystems. You'll round out your program with conservation and marine biology courses in the field at the biodiversity hotspot of Manijump.

Fieldwork

You'll spend time at the Curtin University Sustainability and Policy Institute, run by Professor Peter Newman, a globally known environmental scientist and sustainability expert. Fieldwork could include data collection on algae canopies, coral reef clam distribution, the density of marine snails, and the impact of crown-of-thorns starfish, and research into coral breakage. You'll also spend time in forests working with government agencies undertaking fieldwork that includes tagging native marsupials for conservation biology, focusing on the endangered Woylie.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
07/16/2014
11/01/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$20,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,927
Housing
$3,590
Insurance
$433

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,900
International Airfare *
$2,750
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$350
Visa Fees
$115
Personal expenses
$3,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015 (15 wks)
11/01/2014
02/21/2015
06/05/2015
$20,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,927
Housing
$3,590
Insurance
$433

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,900
International Airfare *
$2,750
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$350
Visa Fees
$115
Personal expenses
$3,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2 semesters of college-level biology required
  • Upper-level coursework in ecology and/or zoology recommended
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take all classes on the study abroad program.

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About the City

About The City

Perth is the state capital of Western Australia. With a population of 1.8 million people, its many contrasts range from skyscrapers and nightlife to more than three miles of white sandy beaches. It is ranked as Australia’s most environmentally attractive city, has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city, and was ranked in a 2010 survey as one of the world’s top 10 lifestyle destinations. The local population enjoys a cosmopolitan outdoor lifestyle; first-class cultural, social, and recreational amenities; and excellent proximity to the major cities of Asia.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Paul Hollick

Resident Director

Paul Hollick has worked with the CIEE program in Perth since 2001 and has a range of experience in the fields of tertiary and sports administration and recreation. His work with CIEE equips him with considerable experience in revealing his native state of Western Australia to students from across the United States. Though he has lived most of his life in Perth, Paul has traveled extensively in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Paul earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Edith Cowan University, demonstrating his lifelong commitment to the environment and all things green. His other interests include football, rugby, camping, water sports, and all outdoor recreation.

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Western Australia’s geographical isolation, biodiversity of marine and terrestrial species, and diversity of environments (from the lush forests of the southwest to the deserts and freshwater gorges of the northwest) contribute to a unique opportunity to explore the distinctive natural environment of this large state.

With the unique ecology come many important environmental and sustainability issues. Students examine and engage in the solutions to these issues firsthand. Volunteer projects and for-credit internships are offered and strongly recommended for students committed to the ideals of sustainability and the environment.

Students live in close proximity to the port city of Fremantle, a current hub for many green initiatives by the local government and community groups.

— Paul Hollick, Resident Director

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Kate Rodger

Lecturer, School of Environmental Science at Murdock University

Dr Kate Rodger is a lecturer in the School of Environmental Science at Murdoch University. Kate has extensive experience in collaborating closely with the protected area agencies working to conserve our natural environment. Her research areas include the sustainability of wildlife tourism, and using visitor data more effectively to manage protected areas. Her research has been published in leading international journals such as Society and Natural Resources, Journal of Sustainable Tourism and Annals of Tourism Research. Current research interests include human-wildlife interactions in the marine and terrestrial environment, identifying and minimising visitor impacts on the environment through visitor management techniques in protected areas, improving links between science and policy, and integrating ecological and social sciences in nature conservation.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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The city of Fremantle is located 20 kilometers down river from the capital of Perth. It is a working port city with rich culture and history. Many buildings that feature Federation style architecture from European settlement still exist. The city has a population of roughly 25,000 and is also the base for Notre Dame University (Australia). Fremantle offers students the opportunity to be part of a more vibrant community and have the chance to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities.

The field-based research for conservation biology will take place in the biodiversity hotspot in the southwest of Western Australia. The tropical marine ecology module will be based at Coral Bay, a town located on the Ningaloo Reef in the northwest of Western Australia. The Ningaloo Marine Park is home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 species of soft coral, and more than 500 species of fish. Students on the spring term likely will also see whale sharks, which inhabit the reef area from April through June each year.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Housing will consist of university accommodation at Murdoch University. During the field study portion of the program, students will stay in accommodations near the Ningaloo Reef and Manjimup.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Perth even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the predeparture orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward your goals.

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Internet

Internet

You're encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet will be available in your housing and at local cafes.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

The Ecology, Conservation, and Sustainability study abroad program is designed to engage students in a variety of academic areas including biology, marine ecology, sustainability, and environmental studies. The program combines classroom-based studies with field-based experiential learning and community engagement. The program consists of three distinct modules. These modules take four weeks each and are run in a different sequence depending on the season.

Through the program, you’ll develop a sound understanding of the major environmental and sustainability issues facing Australia, the causes of the environmental problems, and what is being done to address these issues. You’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the physical processes that characterize the Western Australia marine environment; explain the key physiological and ecological processes that occur on coral reefs; list the plants and animals that dominate the tropical marine environment of Western Australia; and outline the ecological roles of key groups of organisms in the marine environment.

You’ll also be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the Australasian and aboriginal cultures of Western Australia, developing a clear comparative understanding of ethnicity/race dynamics in Western Australia and their connection to environmental issues there.

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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ENVI 3001 FREO

Global and Regional Sustainability
This course provides an introduction to the key issues in sustainability at a global, national, and state level. We look at where we have come from, where are we now, and our visions for the future. Topics include: climate change, water depletion and management, food security, indigenous sustainability, energy and peak oil, biodiversity, poverty, population, and consumption. We also will look at how these issues are addressed in an Australian context and explore what can be done at an individual level. The course includes experiential exercises and group projects to enhance students’ understanding of concepts in the course. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours (25 lecture hours, 50 workshop hours).

BIOL 3001 FREO / CONS 3001 FREO

Conservation Biology
The southwest region of Western Australia is known as a biodiversity hotspot with a large number of endemic species of flora and fauna. Students are introduced to GIS and introductory statistical research methods in this module. Students study key ecological concepts and techniques and their implementation in the field, as well as the major issues and approaches involved in the conservation of flora and fauna in Western Australia. Topics: biodiversity, population biology and conservation, extinction and populations at risk, management of biota in conservation areas, and translocations and reintroduction of biota. The course includes a combination of fieldwork, lectures, and workshops. It also includes an independent research project culminating in a research report and presentation. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours (25 lecture hours, 50 workshop hours).

ECOL 3001 FREO / BIO 3002 FREO

Marine Biology and Ecology of Western Australia
Based at the CIEE field station at Ningaloo Reef, students are able to study marine ecosystems in a pristine coral reef environment. This module provides an introduction to Western Australian biogeography and habitats, covering advanced topics in biology, physiology, and ecology of marine plants and animals. Human impacts and conservation of marine environments are addressed. This unit will take place predominantly at the field station in the Ningaloo Marine Park. The course will include independent research as a component of the course, culminating in a research report and presentation. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours (30 lecture hours, 60 lab hours).

CLST 3001 FREO

Seminar on Living and Learning in Fremantle
The Seminar on Living and Learning in Fremantle is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Australians are different from and similar to themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Australia. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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