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Explore the biodiversity of the Sydney coastline, one of the most biodiverse in the world!
Located on the east coast of New South Wales, Australia, Sydney supports more than 3000 different marine species. The unique combination of warm tropical waters from the north and colder southern currents means the Sydney Harbor and coastline is home to a vast array of marine plants and animals. Making it one of the most ideal locations in the world to study the impacts of coastal sustainability through the lens of urbanization and climate change.
You will study this valuable ecosystem up close, combining biology and environmental studies in your multidisciplinary work. Through snorkeling in an aquatic reserve and guided tours of national parks, you’ll discover which key species are under threat from marine pollution, human activity and climate change – and how to make a difference.
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 explore marine science and conservation, Australian and indigenous culture, and will assist to set you up for your future career in the marine biology or oceanography fields.
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!
Hands-on experience collecting data in the field and using maps, graphs, photos and statistics to analyze it in geographical and ecological context.
Time to create a portfolio of photographs and writing that captures your experiences.
A certificate of learning in Marine Science
Location & CultureClick to Open
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.
The city of Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city, best known for its iconic harbor. Sydney Harbor is home to over 3000 animal and plant species, making it one of the most biodiverse harbors in the world. It is surrounded by several World Heritage wilderness areas, and rugged and pristine coastlines. The city has as a vibrant arts and culture scene, abundance of shopping and food outlets and numerous outdoor walking trails that support its outdoor coastal lifestyle. The city’s unique positioning, climate and heritage make it an ideal place to study the impacts of coastal sustainability through the lens of urbanization and climate change.
Daily LifeClick to Open
"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.
24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members
ActivitiesClick to Open
- Go on a coastal ecosystem exploration along the Australian coastline stopping off a the famous Bondi Beach.
- 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 an Aquatic Reserve.
- Get up and close with some of most popular Australian wildlife.
- An Aboriginal cultural tour through National Park
- A day trip to the Blue Mountains
- Sydney Harbor ferry ride
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!
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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.
- This program involves engaging in moderate to high intensity physical activities such as hiking, boating and snorkeling. Ability to swim is not required but strongly encouraged to enjoy the program and location at its fullest.