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SFS: Australia, Center for Rainforest Studies (Summer) (Third Party)

The Program

The School for Field Studies (SFS),  provides environmental education and conducts research through its field-based programs. SFS is committed to providing:

  •  hands-on, interdisciplinary education, and
  •  environmental research in partnership with
  •  natural resource dependent communities.

Student research work addresses a critical local and regional environmental problem- loss and fragmentation of once extensive rainforests, and the environmental policies that are currently under consideration by the local and Commonwealth governments. SFS staff and students, in collaboration with local landholders and stakeholder organizations, focus on enhancing the condition of tropical rainforests, as well as determining how and why we should regenerate and restore the rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands. Students collect data on potential responses to global climate change, habitat use and animal behaviors, resilience to cyclonic events, land use, local resident involvement in restoration projects, and cost effective and ecologically beneficial methods of restoration. Student work represents a vital contribution toward larger studies on global climate change, biological integrity of rainforest fragments, and developing restoration practices to maximize rates of plant growth and decolonization by fauna. Students are actively involved in either rainforest replanting or site maintenance with local landcare groups.

Check out the YouTube Video for this program! SFS Australia Video

The Academics

Semester students are registered in one or two 4-credit courses (depending on if students do one both sessions) accredited through Boston University: Rainforest Ecology, Principles of Forest Management, Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values, and Directed Research. Click here for detailed course descriptions.

In order to participate, you must have already taken one semester of college-level ecology or biology.

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
NRE 4475 Forest Management 3540 Rainforest Management Studies 4 12/31/2021

The Experience

Australia and New Zealand’s rainforests are faced with continual threats due to development, climate change, and invasive species, leaving fragile fragments that are often too small or isolated to sustain some species. The Natural Resource Management and Rainforest Research Summer program provides a thorough introduction to biodiversity conservation, the socioeconomic factors influencing land and resource management in two unique areas, and field research techniques.

Students attending Session I spend two weeks in northern New Zealand and two weeks in northeastern Queensland, Australia. In New Zealand, students discover the critically endangered flora and fauna and the impacts that have led to their decline. In Australia, students take their New Zealand experiences and examine similarities and differences in political structure, co-management arrangements, land-use patterns, and biogeography.
During Session II, students explore Australia’s tropical rainforests, examine the effects of fragmentation in highly endangered rainforest systems, and develop effective field research skills in multiple disciplines while learning about rainforest restoration and conservation. The Rainforest Studies summer program gives students a unique opportunity to travel to the tropical rainforest to both study and do hands-on field work on rainforest management and restoration.


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.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Environmental Studies, Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.6