Sydney, Australia

Australian Wildlife Conservation From Land to Sea

Summer '25 Applications Open




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3 weeks



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Program Overview
Step into the shoes of a conservationist in one of the most scenic and biodiverse destinations on Earth. 

Observe unique Australian wildlife in the marine, coastal, and bushland ecosystems in and around Sydney alongside a local guide and environmentalist. In this beautiful waterfront city, experience greater Sydney’s diverse and unique environments and the impact of human activity on Australia’s ecosystems. Conduct field work and collect data for analyzing and evaluating sustainability strategies implemented in urban coastal cities.

Also explore Australia’s culture, heritage, and way of life. Appreciate Aboriginal customs—participate in a traditional Bushtucker Tour and listen to stories about the First People's intimate and longstanding connection to their land. Enjoy “only in Australia” experiences—pet a kangaroo, witness surreal sunsets over the Opera House, practice Tim Tam slams, go on bushwalks, and return home saying words like lollies and You Beauty!

The Takeaways

Real-World Experience

Collect data on Australian wildlife on land and in water, assess threats to ecosystems, and explore measures to protect biodiversity. Come home ready to apply your sustainability insights to future studies and environmental initiatives.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, a portfolio of work to showcase a Conservation Campaign, and service-learning hours documenting your engagement with the community.

Life Skills and New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and friends of different backgrounds from across the U.S.


Hours Of Expert Instruction


Hours Of Service-learning In The Community


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
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The Destination

Welcome to Sydney, surrounded by World Heritage wilderness areas and pristine coastlines. 

Sydney’s white-sand beaches, unique ecosystems, and sustainable urban landscapes make it the perfect outdoor learning lab. Located in New South Wales, with its iconic Opera House and majestic Harbour Bridge, Sydney is Australia’s largest and most diverse city. Over one-third of its population was born overseas! The vibrant multicultural scene offers an incredible array of international restaurants and shops. Be sure to visit the bustling Paddy’s Market and sample all kinds of treats at Spice Alley! 

Sydney is also home to world-class wildlife parks—excellent places to observe native Australian animals—and the Sea Life Aquarium with the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world. A third of Australia’s bird species live in the ancient rainforest of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area, one of your excursions. Another trip will take you to the region of Northern Beaches, known for its lush, green national parks, iconic beaches, and scenic coastline. Here, experience a menagerie of wildlife, vivid aquamarine waters, and seaside walks with so much natural beauty to discover! 

Cultural Awareness 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Sydney. 

Weekly Learning Goals

Settle into Sydney. Survey wildlife along Sydney’s coastline and identify iconic marine species. Develop an understanding of conservation strategies in coastal cities. Collect and analyze data to discover the importance of biodiversity.

Assess the effectiveness of local conservation strategies implemented in Australia. Explore the Blue Mountains and go snorkeling in the Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve as you investigate the effects of human activity on ecosystems.

Participate in bush regeneration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Develop and present a report on Australia’s wildlife conservation initiatives. Discuss the role of biodiversity conservation in our daily lives, the needs of healthy ecosystems, and the needs of society. 

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the dorms 
  • Hands-on classes with expert instructors and conservationists  
  • Lunch in the community or in the field with your fellow Global Navigators 
  • Outdoor activities, community service, or cultural workshops 
  • Dinner at the dorms or out in the community 


  • Overnight or day excursions to top destinations 
  • Quality time with friends 


Dorms, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs


Exploring Australia's Aquatic Life & Experiencing the Beauty of Sydney's Renowned Beaches!

By Jenae Tiki Matikke at CIEE

Home to over 600 marine animals, Sydney, Australia, is renowned for its beautiful bounty of beaches, rivers, bays, and harbors. Whether whale watching, snorkeling, sunbathing, or enjoying the sunrise and... keep reading


HSSA 2 got the chance to see the Sydney Opera House

By Maxine Eisenberg at CIEE

On Monday we started out week two of HSSA session 2 with a visit to the Iconic Sydney Opera House. Visiting the Sydney Opera House is a magical experience for... keep reading


Session 2 is here!

By Maxine Eisenberg at CIEE

Session 2 has arrived full of energy and excitement about what they will see and learn about in Australia over the next three weeks. We had a tasty welcome dinner... keep reading


Sample Activities

Kangaroo Australia

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Get up close and personal with kangaroos, koalas, and other iconic Australian marsupials. Even take a selfie with a smiling quokka. 
  • Bring your appetite to a beachside Aussie barbecue, a lively time for you and other Global Navigators to share food and bond with one another!
  • Take a ferry to Manly Beach and visit the heritage-listed Quarantine Station at the Sydney Harbour National Park. Take in the stunning views while learning how migration has impacted the Australian environment and society. 
  • Wander through the eucalyptus forests of the Blue Mountains—they'll take your breath away! In this magical setting, listen to the Aboriginal legend of the Three Sisters. 
  • Snorkel in the Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve amongst 200 species of fish. Try to catch a glimpse of a dusky whaler, blue groper, eagle ray, and green turtle.

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience. 

What Students Are Saying

  • “I loved when we went to a wildlife park and fed kangaroos, as well as surfing at the beach. It was a really fun experience and I learned a lot!” 

    Analea S., Global Navigator Alum

  • “I had the time of my life here in Australia I loved it so much I’m actually thinking about coming back here for college! I was able to learn so much about the animals and the ecosystems here but I really like all the friends here I made along the way.” 

    Izzy C., Global Navigator Alum

  • “Interacting with the locals and playing a game of Australian football with them was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. It gave me a chance to meet kids my age from a completely different culture and acknowledge both the similarities and differences between us."

    Andy Z., Global Navigator Alum

  • “My most memorable experience for me was doing a walk through a wooded area to explore flora and fauna. We saw kangaroos and lots of native plants in their natural habitat.” 

    Carly M., Global Navigator Alum



  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • 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, snorkeling, and extended observational time outdoors. Ability to swim is not required but strongly encouraged to enjoy the program and location at its fullest. 

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.     

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Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,450
Program Summer Session II 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,450

What's Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Thais Oso

Center Director

Thais has over 18 years of education industry experience which include running an American study abroad program in Sydney and working in the exchange programs at one of Australia’s top universities.

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