Perth, Australia

Biology + Ecology Field Studies

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Information for term Biology + Ecology Field Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 18 – Oct 30, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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With access to the largest fringing coral reef in the world and some of the planet’s most remarkable biodiversity, Western Australia is a treasure trove for students interested in ecology and marine biology. Gain hands-on experience and further your understanding of science with courses on key ecological concepts and techniques at CIEE Perth. After the coursework, conduct field work in one of two streams: marine (marine ecology), or terrestrial (conservation biology), then cap it off with an independent research project at Ningaloo Reef or Manjimup. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Be awed

    by hundreds of species of coral, fish, and other sea creatures while you collect data on Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage Site.

  • Further your understanding

    and knowledge of science.

  • Settle into the laid-back Aussie

    lifestyle with a surfing lesson.

  • reptile exhibits in the Australian Walkabout section of the Perth Zoo

  • ocean beaches in Fremantle

  • species of fish at Ningaloo Reef


Location & Culture

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Known as Australia’s sunniest and most environmentally attractive city, cosmopolitan Perth is a study in contrasts – like skyscrapers and white beaches, and sophistication with a laid-back vibe. Many of its 1.8 million people take advantage of downtime to get outside for fun and games. Suburban Murdoch University is located 9 miles south of Perth and 6 miles east of Fremantle – or Freo. This funky port city is where you’ll find most students outside of class. With an alternative vibe, this city leads many green initiatives in Western Australia, and has a lively arts, entertainment, and music scene.

The Culture


  • Get to know Australia’s unique flora and fauna with an interactive hike led by an Aboriginal guide, or take a spooky night tour of historic Fremantle prison – built by its very first convicts.
  • Take a surfing lesson or become a fan of Australian rules football.
  • Depending on the season, visit beautiful Rottnest Island or the southwest rainforest region.


Whether you investigate the impact of crown-of-thorns starfish on reef life or gather information on the endangered nocturnal woylie, you’ll learn to be a keen observer and a thorough biology researcher by conducting an independent capstone project.

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Daily Life

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    During the start of the program and for the final week, students will live in student housing at Murdoch University, a 15-minute bus ride from the city of Fremantle. During field studies, students will stay in cabin-style lodgings near the Ningaloo Reef or in Manjimup.


    Meals are not included.

Perth, Australia

Where You'll Study

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    MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, about 9 miles south of Perth, and 6 miles east of Fremantle.

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    about 745 miles north of Perth on the Indian ocean.

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    190 miles south of Perth.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE’s Biology + Ecology Field Studies program invites biology students with at least two semesters of college-level biology (or equivalent) to gain hands-on experience through fieldwork in Australia’s incredible natural environment and earn credits toward their degree with courses at CIEE Perth.

CIEE Perth is conveniently located within the campus of Murdoch University in suburban Perth. Coined “Qantas Lounge” by CIEE staff, the center has lounge space for students to do homework, relax, and interact with fellow students and staff.


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    Students take all classes with only CIEE students.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    2 semesters of college-level biology (or equivalent)


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 16 U.S. semester/24 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours

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  • CIEE required courses
    • Marine and Terrestrial Ecology Research Methods
    • GIS for Conservation
    • Independent Field Research Project
  • CIEE elective course

Course Notes

  • CIEE elective courses are subject to minimum enrollment.
  • Before conducting fieldwork, students complete two courses at CIEE Perth: Marine and Terrestrial Ecology Research Methods and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Conservation.

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Biological and Physical Sciences

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ritzmann Tropical and Marine Ecology Scholarships
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activitie
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 15 weeks May 1, 2020 Jul 18, 2020 Oct 30, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $19,093 **

Housing = $3,590

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $23,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,900

International Airfare = $1,900

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $350

Visa Fees = $115

Personal expenses = $3,200

Total Estimated Costs = $7,615

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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