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SFS: Australia, Center for Rainforest Studies (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.

The Academics

Semester students are registered in four 4-credit courses 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
The Center for Rainforest Studies lies at the end of the Atherton Tablelands in the heart of the traditional land of the Yidinji people. Protected World Heritage forests and farmland surround the rolling, tropical site. A third of the property’s 153 acres is mature rainforest within which the student cabins are nestled. Sightings of tropical birds, bandicoots, pademelons, primitive musky rat kangaroo, amethystine pythons, and other unique rainforest species are common. The site is alive with the sounds of the rainforest. Students share comfortably furnished eight person cabins with adjacent shower and bathroom facilities. The main building has a fully-equipped computer laboratory, 24-hour internet access, up-to-date scientific library, and a student common room. Our kitchen and cook provide nutritious, healthy menus to suit all tastes. Tour the field station.
SFS involvement in community volunteer and social activities may include:

  • Working with local conservation groups and communities to plant rainforest seedlings or to maintain previously planted sites, depending on the season.
  • Sporting competitions with Aussies.
  • Bush dances, community festivals, visiting the Malanda theatre and several local pubs.
  • Short homestays that extend students’ personal connections to the community.

SFS will also arrange various field expeditions.

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: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Atherton Tablelands, Australia
  • Terms: 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
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.8