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Oceania

Australia

School for Field Studies – Rainforest Studies
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Atherton Tablelands, Queensland
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: At least one college-level ecology or biology course.
Program Highlights: Students collect data on potential responses to global climate change, habitat use and animal behaviors, land use, local resident involvement in restoration projects and cost effective and ecologically beneficial methods of restoration. Students share eight-person cabins. The field station has internet access, a scientific library, student common room, and a kitchen staffed by a cook.

SIT Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Cairns, Australia
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology or related field.
Program Highlights: Study cultural dynamics in Queensland, site of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage areas. Courses include: Natural and Cultural Ecology Seminar, field study seminar and independent study project. Two-week homestay in Cairns and a variety of educational excursions.

SIT Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Experience a place-specific approach to environmental studies. Courses include: Sustainability and the Environment Seminar, field studies seminar and independent study project. There is a two-week homestay in Lismore and variety of educational excursions.

University of Melbourne
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Melbourne
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 50 points per semester
Program Highlights: First semester: late February–June. Second semester: mid-July–November. One of Australia's leading universities. There are a number of interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies and marine science. Enrollment is 31,000 students. The university offers orientation, assistance and optional excursions.
Strong in: Performing arts, economics, engineering, environmental studies, philosophy, history and cultural studies, classical and Near Eastern studies. Good film studies, but access to film courses cannot be guaranteed due to the popularity of this course of study by degree-seeking students.

University of Tasmania, Hobart Campus
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Hobart
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: none
Full Course Load: 4 units at 12.5 percent per semester
Program Highlights: First semester: late February–June. Second semester: mid July–November. One of Australia's "sandstone" universities with a tradition of excellence in arts and sciences and a renowned School of Art. Enrollment is 12,500 students. Students may live in residential colleges with meal plans and college traditions, or in student apartments.
Strong in: Fine arts, environmental studies, geology, Aboriginal studies, Antarctic studies, geography & environmental studies, and zoology

Note: Contact Professor Jay Garfield (philosophy) if you have questions about Tasmania; he has taught at the university and continues to be a fellow at one of the residential colleges.

University of Wollongong
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Wollongong
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 24 credit points per semester
Program Highlights: First semester: late February–June. Second semester: mid July - November. UOW has forged a distinctive identity among Australian and international universities, standing apart from sector categories. An enterprising institution with a personalised style, UOW is confidently building an international reputation for quality research and education. Enrollment is just under 16,000 students. Students live in University Residences that provide an environment committed to providing high academic achievement, involvement, and development.
Strong in: Aboriginal studies, art and design biological sciences, chemistry, education, engineering, environmental science, creative writing, sociology, psychology, music and drama

New Zealand

Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand
Terms: Spring
Location: Christchurch
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: Field camp + four courses at the University of Canterbury
Program Highlights: The Geology of New Zealand Programme begins with a five-week field camp, a series of mapping exercises and interlinked modules, that explores the stratigraphy, mountain building, and tectonics of the South Island and the volcanology and geothermal geology of the North Island. Following field-camp students transition to a campus semester at the University of Canterbury located in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. While at the University of Canterbury students enroll in four courses, one of which is a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp.

University of Auckland
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Auckland
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 points per semester
Program Highlights: Fully integrated classes. The largest New Zealand university (26,000 students), top ranked in research and located in the center of the capital city of 1.2 million, emphasizes Maori studies among the many disciplines available. The city is the most diverse in New Zealand.
Strong in: Architecture, education, engineering, health sciences, sociology, philosophy, chemistry, anthropology, Maori and Pacific Rim studies, performing arts and dance studies

University of Canterbury
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Christchurch
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: none
Full Course Load: Three to four courses depending on the credit value of the classes you select. See chart in the Office for International
Program Highlights: Students body of 12,500, reputation for excellent teaching, 15 minutes outside Christchurch city center. The University of Canterbury is home to a number of Research Centres.
Strong in: American studies, biological sciences, geography, math, engineering, marine ecology, health sciences, pacific studies, social sciences

University of Otago
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Dunedin
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60–74 points per semester. The number of courses you must take depends on the credit value of your selected courses. See chart in the Office for International Study.
Program Highlights: The oldest New Zealand university has a Scottish heritage, and is situated in a geologically and biologically unique setting. The university of 16,000 students is located in the center of Dunedin, a city of 120,000 inhabitants.
Strong in: English, history, environmental studies (especially geology), math, computer science, psychology (experimental), visual and performing arts, film studies

Samoa

SIT Samoa: Pacific Communities and Social Change
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Apia
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: none
Program Highlights: The academic program focuses on the human and natural environment of Samoa, including issues of social change and stress, village resource management, and community development. Program inclues village homestay in Upolu; village stay in Savai'i; educational excursions to Fiji, American Samoa, Upolu and Savai'i; and a four-week independent study project.