summer session I


Rainforests of New Zealand and Australia


This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Australia.

Major academic themes include:

  • Two-country comparison
  • Forest ecosystems
  • Natural resource management
  • Threatened species conservation
  • Human development impacts
  • Indigenous knowledge and histories


On the Rainforests of New Zealand and Australia program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.

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SFS 3540 Rainforests of New Zealand and Australia 4 credits

Field Skills

You will practice valuable skills in the field which may include: GIS use and applications, species identification and population monitoring, research design and implementation, forest survey methods, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, marine ecosystem health assessment, and research presentation.


You will visit different ecosystems and communities while in the field, which may include primary/old-growth rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests (tall open forests), Indigenous protected areas, podocarp and Kauri forests of northern New Zealand, rainforest restoration projects, and dry Eucalypt forests.

Spend the Summer with SFS!

Get more out of your SFS experience when you take two summer sessions with SFS. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about the complex environmental issues, and more time to learn essential field skills. Sessions feature different course topics and field excursions and you will have time to travel independently between sessions.

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All program components are subject to change.