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, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jul 21 – Nov 3, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 19 – Jun 1, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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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

    17
  • ocean beaches in Fremantle

    5
  • species of fish at Ningaloo Reef

    500

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

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

FIELDWORK

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.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    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

    Meals are not included.

Perth, Australia

Where You'll Study

  • A

    CIEE STUDY CENTER

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

  • B

    CORAL BAY/NINGALOO

    about 745 miles north of Perth on the Indian ocean.

  • C

    MANJIMUP

    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 field work in Australia’s incredible environments. Students begin with coursework at our CIEE Study Center 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 the Study Center for a one-week wrap up.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take all classes with only CIEE students.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level biology (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

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

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

SPRING 2018 COURSES

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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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Fall 2017 Courses

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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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  • ECOL 3001 PEAU: Marine and Terrestrial Ecology Research Methods
  • GEOG 3001 PEAU: GIS for Conservation

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Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • 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

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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Program

Spring 2018 15 weeks Fall 2018 15 weeks

Application Due

May 1, 2018

Start Date

Feb 19, 2018 Jul 21, 2018

End Date

Jun 1, 2018 Nov 3, 2018

Fees & Housing

$21,850
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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 = $17,793 **

Housing = $3,590

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $21,850

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

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

$21,850
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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 = $17,793 **

Housing = $3,590

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $21,850

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.

See Scholarships

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

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