Perth, Australia

Australian Wildlife Conservation

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Information for term Australian Wildlife Conservation

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)


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Play a role in protecting endangered animals in Australia, one of the most biodiverse nations on the planet.

Koalas and kangaroos, quokkas and spotted quolls, wombats and wallabies, bilbies, bats and bandicoots. There are 235 species of Australian marsupials, many of which are vulnerable or endangered due to introduced predators, habitat loss and climate change. Your mission, as visiting environmental stewards, is to learn about these animals, study the science behind extinction, and help implement practical solutions with your team. Along with these conservation efforts you’ll spend time trekking around the wild shores and bushlands of Western Australia, observing flora and fauna and the glorious scenery around you.

Most days begin in classrooms on the Murdoch University campus, just a five-minute walk from the apartment-style dorms where you’ll live in with fellow CIEE classmates. Along with conservation and biology, your classes cover topics like Australian and Indigenous Culture to put your summer experience into context. In the afternoons, take part in field work or group activities like sports, surfing, and visits to the zoo and other attractions. In your free time, get into the laid-back Aussie lifestyle: Chill in the park or a local coffee shop. Shoot some pool or watch movies in the student lounge. Explore cosmopolitan downtown Perth, discover ancient Nyoongar art in Kings Park, and catch glorious ocean sunsets along the coast.


The Take-Aways

  • Education

    Learn about the Australian wildlife and the conservation of critically endangered marsupials

  • Field Work

    Survey the local flora and fauna around the wild shores and bushlands of Western Australia

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in Wildlife Conservation

Location & Culture

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The capital of Western Australia has white-sand beaches, a vibrant arts and culture district, and miles and miles of walking trails.

Perth enjoys a prime location on the southwest coast, spanning riverfront parks and pristine beaches. The best of both worlds, it offers skyscrapers and city amenities alongside acres of parkland overlooking the Indian Ocean.

There’s lots to explore: The Bell Tower, Scitech, and Kings Park for starters. The Perth Cultural Centre, home of the state ballet and opera companies, is part of a thriving downtown arts district that spans a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum. Street art adds edgy splashes of color throughout the city.

A livable city with clean streets and fresh breezes, you never feel like you need to “escape” to enjoy the outdoors. But there are plenty of natural destinations worth a short journey. Along with over a dozen national parks, Perth is surrounded by marine parks, nature reserves and spectacular scenery.

The food scene in Perth offers lots of options, with fresh seafood top of the list. Fish and chips, meat pies and sausage rolls beckon back to its British colonial heritage, but Thai curry houses and Asian fusion restaurants are hugely popular as well. Of course, no visit to Australia is complete without BBQ, and there’s plenty to be found on menus wherever you go. So put another shrimp, steak or veggie burger on the barbie and enjoy! 

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Dorm rooms at the University Student Village, Murdoch University

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Watch live footy at a real AFL (Australian Football League) match. 
  • Jump onboard and take a surf lesson at the beach. Beginners welcome!  
  • Tour the 41-acre Perth Zoo and see amazing animals and plants from all over the world.  



  • Caversham Wildlife Park: Get up close and personal with a kangaroo, koala and wombat. Here’s your chance to see all the iconic Australian animals in one trip!
  • Rottnest Island: Take a boat to this protected nature reserve, home to the quokka, a small and beloved marsupial. Visit white-sand beaches and heritage sites.
  • Fremantle Prison: This former prison, built in the 1850s, is now a World Heritage Site, open for tours. It is one of the largest surviving convict prisons in the world today.
  • Perup Sanctuary: Venture off the beaten track on this multi-day excursion. Here you’ll hike, explore, and do fascinating field work — including trapping and nighttime spot-lighting of animals. 

​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.
  • This program involves engaging in moderate to high intensity physical activities such as hiking, and extended observational time outdoors.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020


Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020


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