Australia and New Zealand

Australia

Melbourne - University of Melbourne

Arcadia University College of Global Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia
 

  • The Arcadia University Program at the University of Melbourne, in one of Australia's largest and most diverse cities, is associated with one of the world's top 20 educational institutions.
  • Students are directly enrolled at the university and may take courses together with Australian and other international students in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including interdisciplinary subject areas, such as: Australian Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, Environmental Studies, and Women's Studies. In addition, there are field study options in Biology, Botany, Education, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Physics and Zoology. Some of the University's most popular disciplines include: Australian/Aboriginal Cultural Studies, Australian Ecology, Education, History, Media Studies, and Psychology.
  • University education in Australia is based on the tutorial system. Typically, students will have two lectures per week in each class and one tutorial, or small group meeting with readings and topics for discussion.  There is also a special service learning course, Community Volunteering for Change, including an 80-hour placement in a non-profit organization as well as pre-and post-placement seminars.
  • Program participants are members of the Student Union, which offers cultural events, activities, and over 100 cultural, interest, and sports clubs.
  • Housing is provided in apartments shared with other program students or, on a very limited basis, with Australian students in one of the twelve university residential colleges, where student are expected to participate in college life including social events and sports clubs.
  • Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Interest in specializing in a particular subject area, ideally your major.

Advisor(s):
Professor Fennell, (Philosophy) Steiner 207
Professor Sharpe, (Sciences) Science 2035
Richard Bright, (OCS Director) Macy 108 (other majors)
Jonathan Larson, (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107 (other majors)
Eligibility: Open to all majors 
Related Fields of Study:
Humanities
Social Studies
Sciences
Website: Program Website

North Queensland - Tropical Rainforest Management

School for Field Studies (SFS), Tropical Rainforest Management in Austrailia

  • The focus of the SFS program in North Queenland is on the restoration and management of degraded forest, pasturelands, and watersheds. Australia, realizing that its rainforests shelter unique species found nowhere else on earth, has moved faster than most countries in confronting the threats to their destruction, and since 1988, most of the remaining forests were declared protected under World Heritage designation.
  • Operating out of the SFS Center, surrounded by protected forests, students live and study on a fully equipped research compound. A week of orientation and preliminary lectures is followed by a series of integrated case studies focusing on local environmental problems and resource conflicts.
  • Students are registered in four courses: Rainforest Ecology; Principles of Forest Management; Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values; and Directed Research. Days are spent in a combination of lectures, field exercises and research in the surrounding natural rainforest, areas under reforestation, and nearby private lands under cultivation. Faculty lectures are supplemented by guest lectures from local experts, government officials, and representatives of area communities. Every student completes and presents a directed research project utilizing on techniques, statistical methods, and scientific writing skills learned at the SFS Center.
  • In addition to interviewing farmers, resource managers, and aboriginal clan members to gain a variety of perspectives on the issues surrounding preservation and restoration of the forests, students are integrated into local life through volunteer activities, including working with environmental groups and giving presentations in local schools.
  • Accommodation is provided in shared cabins.
  • Eligibility: At least one course in environmental studies or biology recommended. Commitment to understanding environmental issues. Willingness to live and work in groups.

Advisor(s):
Professor J. Brown, (Biology) Science 1204
Eligibility: Open to all majors 
Related Fields of Study:
Environmental Studies
Website: Program Website

New Zealand

Dunedin - University of Otago

Program Summary will be posted soon.
Advisor(s):
Professor Sharpe, (Sciences) Science 2035
Eligibility: Open to all majors 
Related Fields of Study:
Humanities
Social Studies
Sciences
Website: Program Website