Sydney, Australia

Australian Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

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Iconic white-sand beaches, unique coastal ecosystems, and sustainable urban landscapes makes the city of Sydney, Australia the perfect outdoor learning lab!

How does human activity impact Australia’s fragile ecosystems? How can a major global city on a densely populated coastline strike the right balance? Discover the answers yourself  and play a role in protecting the environment and endangered animals in one of the most scenic and biodiverse destinations on Earth. 

During your time in Sydney there will be plenty of out of the classroom field work to survey a range of landscapes and ecosystems — from urban to coastal— and learn first-hand about the critical role restoration ecology plays. You will get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas, study the science behind extinction, and help implement practical solutions. Along with these conservation efforts you’ll spend time trekking around the ocean coastline and bushlands, observing and interacting with Australian flora and fauna. 

Most days will begin at the CIEE Global Institute right in the heart of the city center a short distance from your hostel accommodation where you’ll live with fellow CIEE classmates.  Your classes will cover topics including conservation management, Australian and indigenous culture, and will assist to set you up for your future career in the environmental field. 

And because every CIEE study abroad program comes with co-curricular activities and excursions, you’ll spend loads of time exploring Australia’s multicultural environment including the people, heritage, and culture. Some of the activities you may find yourself getting involved in, include  getting up and close with a Kangaroos and Koalas, surfing the Australian coastline with locals; strolling through Darling Harbor to see the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House; or snorkeling in an aquatic reserve!

The Takeaways

  • Field Work

    Hands-on experience collecting data in the field and using maps, graphs, photos and statistics to analyze it in geographical and ecological context.

  • Experiences

    Time to create a portfolio of photographs and writing that captures your experiences.

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Location & Culture

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Australia is one of the oldest continents on earth, it is the sixth largest country in the world and covers more than 7.5 million square kilometres. The expansive size results in vastly different climates across the continent and land forms that are the result of millions of years of wind and water erosion making it also one of the most diverse countries in the world. 
In the north Australia experiences a tropical climate, in the south east and west a more temperate climate, with the majority of the inland parts of the country arid and desert.  Furthermore, a large portion of Australia’s plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs (over 80%) are unique to the country. As a result, Australia presents a really unique experience for students who want to learn more about wildlife conservation and sustainability principles.
The city of Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city, best known for its iconic harbor. It is surrounded by several World Heritage wilderness areas, and rugged and pristine coastlines. It has a vibrant arts and culture scene, abundance of shopping and food outlets and numerous outdoor walking trails that support its outdoor coastal lifestyle. Making the city of Sydney the ideal place to study Australian wildlife and conservation strategies.

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.




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Sample Activities

  • Get up close and personal with Kangaroos and Koalas during a visit to an Australian Wildlife park.
  • Learn to surf on an iconic Australian beach, while also learning how our Ocean works: learning about rips, tides and waves.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of marine life and coastal ecology snorkeling in the Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve.
  • Take an Aboriginal cultural tour in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
  • Go on a day trip to the Blue Mountains
  • Enjoy a Sydney Harbor ferry ride

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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, covid-related measures and restrictions 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


  • No specific requirements for standard sessions.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 

For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

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