Australia

Sydney, Australia

Ecology & Sustainability: Coast to City

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Information for term Ecology & Sustainability: Coast to City

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

December 6, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)
$5,550

Application Deadline

December 6, 2019
weeks
days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)
$5,550

Overview

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Iconic white-sand beaches, unique coastal ecosystems, and sustainable urban landscapes make the cities of Sydney and Wollongong in 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 in one of the most scenic destinations on Earth. On field trips you’ll survey a range of landscapes and ecosystems — from urban to coastal to agricultural — and learn first-hand about the critical role restoration ecology plays.

Each day you’ll trek through different terrain, discovering different ecosystems and challenges along the way. Survey rugged coastal landscapes, using GPS devices to record geological features and locations. Collect data in the field and use maps, graphs, photos and statistics to monitor, analyze and put it all in context.

On a 5 day expedition, you’ll discover restoration and sustainability principles used by the Royal National Park (the world’s second oldest national park after Yosemite) to preserve and sustain the local environment. You’ll also visit pristine natural habitats, where kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and other Australian wildlife roam free.

How can you apply ecology principles to solve real-word problems? This 3-week program will teach you just that. During class time you’ll brainstorm ideas and discuss environmental and sustainable management strategies with peers. You’ll learn about patterns, processes and different perspectives on community and landscape ecology — then apply your knowledge in real-life contexts and take your learning far and wide.

Back at your home-base hotel or hostel, you’ll bond with CIEE classmates over meals between classes and field assignments. Because every CIEE study abroad program comes with co-curricular activities and excursions, you’ll spend loads of time outside of the classroom exploring Australia’s  multicultural environment including the people, heritage, and culture. In fact, you may find yourself surfing with locals at the famous Bondi beach; strolling through Darling Harbour to see the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House; and maybe even seeing a koala or kangaroo!

The Takeaways

  • EDUCATION

    Knowledge of basic restoration principles specific to agricultural, urban and coastal contexts.

  • Understand

    Theories related to community ecology and landscape ecology, as well as how environmental management strategies are used to promote ecological sustainability.

  • FIELD WORK

    Experience collecting data in the field and using maps, graphs, photos and statistics to analyze it in geographical and ecological contexts.

Location & Culture

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Don’t let the skyscrapers fool you.

Sydney and its surrounding areas offer so much more. Home  to  hundreds of pristine beaches, one of the first National Parks in the world, and several World Heritage sites, it attracts geologists, botanists and curious science students from around the globe!  

Australia is one of the oldest continents on earth and the six largest country in the world. It features vastly different climates across the continent and landforms shaped from millions of years of wind and water erosion. Nestled between the land and the sea, the multicultural, region that is home to the cities of Sydney and Wollongong has plenty to offer — from its legendary surf culture and vibrant street-art scene to world-famous architecture and cityscapes.

The cities are an ideal place to study the ecological diversity of Australia.  Sydney’s green culture is evident at every turn, with a push to build resilience against the impacts of a changing climate. The city’s new Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision inspires citizens and businesses alike to be: 1) low-carbon, 2) water sensitive, 3) climate resilient, 4) zero waste, 5) active and connected, and 6) green and cool. The ultimate goal? To be globally recognized as an environmental leader while continuing to be one of the world’s most livable cities.

Wollongong is the third-largest city in NSW, it actually feels more like a large beach town. With rugged coastline, ancient forests and the Illawarra mountain range framing the city, it’s complements the fast-paced Sydney lifestyle.

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.

  • HOUSING

    Hostel

  • LOCAL SUPPORT

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

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Catch spectacular ocean views aboard the Manly Ferry harbour tour.
  • Explore coastal ecosystems and surfer spots including Bondi Beach, Sydney’s most famous strip.
  • Get up close and personal with a kangaroo, koala and wombat at an Australian Wildlife Park.
  • Take a walking tour of Darling Harbour, a happening district known for its aquarium, eateries and iconic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
  • Join an Aboriginal guide on a cultural tour of indigenous life and learn about the first nation’s people and their connection to the land.
  • Discover flora and fauna at Royal National Park — the world’s second oldest national park (after Yosemite).


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

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020

$5,550

Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020

$5,550

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