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CIEE Ecology, Conservation, and Sustainability in Perth, Australia
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/18/2018 04/02/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Biology, Environmental Science Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Apartment
Program Description:

Geographic isolation. Biodiversity of marine and terrestrial species. If you’re interested in exploring a inimitable ecosystem subject to a host of vital ecological and sustainability issues, then you need to study abroad in Australia. 
Through coursework, excursions and internships with local environmental groups and agencies, Tropical Ecology+Conservation challenges you to examine the complexities and opportunities surrounding environmental issues in Australia.

Study abroad in Australia and you will:
  • Partake in an experiential learning model, utilizing a series of field-based site visits, classroom lectures and laboratory work.
  • Spend time at the Curtin University Sustainability and Policy Institute, a nationally renowned Institute, headed by Professor Peter Newman, a globally-known environmental scientist and sustainability expert.
  • Spend the last month of the program working at the CIEE field station at Ningaloo Reef
The CIEE Difference


Explore a variety of academic areas including biology, marine ecology, sustainability and environmental studies, in a program consisting of three distinct modules.

The first 11 weeks, are spent study in Fremantle, followed by one week of independent travel and finally a four-week field study based at the Ningaloo Marine Park where you’ll participate in the course, Marine Biology and Ecology of Western Australia.


In Australia, the field is your classroom. In addition to the month you’ll spend studying tropical marine ecosystems in a pristine coral reef environment, every course in the program makes extensive use of lab work, lectures, workshops and student-led projects.

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

Program Requirements

Students take all classes on the study abroad program.

Where You’ll Study

The City of Fremantle is located 20 km’s down river from the capital Perth. It is a working port city with rich culture and history. Many buildings that feature Federation style architecture from European settlement still exist. It has a population of roughly 25,000 and is also the base for Notre Dame University (Australia). Fremantle also offers the students the opportunity to be part of a more vibrant community and have the chance to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities.

The field-based research for Conservation Biology will take place in the biodiversity hotspot of the South West of Western Australia. The Tropical Marine Ecology module will be based at Coral Bay, a town based on the Ningaloo Reef in the North West of Western Australia. The Ningaloo Marine Park is home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 soft coral and over 500 species of fish. Students on the spring term will likely also see whale sharks, which inhabit the reef area from April – June each year.

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Housing will consist of a rented accommodation in the close vicinity of Fremantle. Accommodation will be in cabin-style accommodation on the beach near the Ningaloo Reef during the field study portion of the program.

Meals are not included in the program fee and can be either prepared by students in the accommodation provided or taken at local restaurants and cafes in Fremantle.

Academic Program

The Tropical Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability study abroad program is designed to engage students in a variety of academic areas including biology, marine ecology, sustainability and environmental studies. The program combines classroom-based studies with field-based experiential learning and community engagement. The program consists of three (distinct modules. During the first 11 weeks, students mainly live in Fremantle and take three out of four courses. Following this period, students have one week of independent travel that is followed by a four-week field study based at the Ningaloo Marine Park where the participate in the final course, Marine Biology and Ecology of Western Australia.