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 and New Zealand.

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 Rainforest Management Studies 4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: GIS use and applications, species identification and population monitoring, forest survey methods, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities, 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 back-to-back summer sessions. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about complex environmental issues, and more time to build practical skills. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions.

Australia Summer Session II: Watersheds of the Wet Tropics

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All program components are subject to change.