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, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 11 – Nov 23, 2019 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

December 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Dates: Feb 16 – Jun 9, 2019 (16 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 who are interested in ecology and marine biology. Whether you collect data on the 260-kilometer Ningaloo reef or join scientists to help protect endangered forest marsupials, you’ll sharpen your science skills, and return from the land down under with valuable hands-on experience.

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 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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What you need to know

The program details

This program is designed for biology students who are eager for hands-on fieldwork in Australia’s incredible natural environments. Students begin with coursework at our CIEE site at Murdoch University, and conduct fieldwork in one of two streams: marine (marine ecology), or terrestrial (conservation biology). Learning is capped with an independent research project at Ningaloo or Manjimup. Students return to CIEE for a one-week wrap up.


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    Students take all classes with only CIEE students.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    4 semesters of college-level biology (or equivalent)


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 16 semester/24 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 60; Credits: 4 semester credits/6 quarter hours per course

Before conducting fieldwork, students take two courses at CIEE Perth: Marine and Terrestrial Ecology Field Research Methods and Geographical Information Systems for Conservation.

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

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring 2019 16 weeks Dec 1, 2018 Feb 16, 2019 Jun 9, 2019
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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 = $18,393 **

Housing = $3,590

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $22,450

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 = $120

Books & Supplies = $350

Visa Fees = $115

Personal expenses = $3,200

Total Estimated Costs = $7,585

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Fall 2019 15 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 11, 2019* Nov 23, 2019*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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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