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CIEE: Sustainability and the Environment, Perth Australia (Third Party)

The Program

Are you interested in “green” issues and sustainable development? Are you hoping to work in some capacity that will benefit society and the environment through policy and innovation? Are you thinking about entering the field of environmental science or environmental education? Then this program is for you. The Sustainability and the Environment program offered at the CIEE Study Center at Murdoch University helps you to understand the complexities and opportunities regarding the many facets of sustainability. You”ll learn about sustainability, conversation biology, and public policy through unique course offerings available through this program.

The Academics

Established in 1991 as the first CIEE program in Australia, the CIEE Study Center at Murdoch University has hosted hundreds of students from universities across the U.S. The CIEE Study Center provides students with a supportive yet challenging environment in which to study and gain first-hand knowledge of Australian life and culture.

All courses are taught by Murdoch faculty, with Murdoch staff enjoying one of the highest proportions of doctorates of all Australian universities. Murdoch University uses a point system, and the normal full-time course load is 12 points each semester, which is equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credits. Most Murdoch subjects are designated as either three or four point classes. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified.

To receive credit for an internship, the internship experience has to be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the foreign institution; and before you leave UConn, you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

The Sustainability and the Environment program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the impact that industries such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, and tourism have on the environment. One of the many strengths of the program is the opportunity for students to take courses that teach them to be both scientifically competent and well-versed on public policy issues in Australia. Students gain an understanding of the Australian environment and society while pursuing an exceptional range of academic and recreational opportunities.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 1093 Foreign Study CLST 3001 FREO CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Perth 3 12/31/2019
ARE 4438 Valuing the Environment BUS 249 Social and Environmental Financial Performance 3 6/30/2017
EEB 2208 + EEB 3893 Conservation Biology + Foreign Study CONS3001FREO Conservation Biology 3 + 1 12/31/2019
EEB 3893 Foreign Study Mari 3004 FREO Marine Ecology Field Research Methods 3 6/30/2021
EEB 3893 Foreign Study Ecol 3003/ Biol 3003 FREO Marine Biology and Ecology in Western Australia 3 6/30/2021
ENVE 1000 Environmental Sustainability ENVI 3001 FREO Global and Regional Sustainability 3 6/30/2017

The Experience

Perth is the state capital of Western Australia. With a population of 1.5 million people, its many contrasts range from skyscrapers and nightlife to over 30 miles of white sandy beaches. It is ranked Australia?s most environmentally attractive city, has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city, and was ranked in a 2002 survey as one of the world?s top three lifestyle destinations. The local population enjoys a cosmopolitan outdoor lifestyle, first class cultural, social, and recreational amenities, and excellent proximity to the major cities of Asia.

Students are assigned furnished housing on campus at Murdoch University Village which provides high-quality, multicultural living facilities. Students choosing the U.S. academic year program beginning in July are responsible for housing during the summer recess (December to mid-February). Students choosing the U.S. calendar year program beginning in February are responsible for their own housing during the recess in July. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship)

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Perth, Australia
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences, Environmental Studies, Public Health
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5