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SFS-Australia and New Zealand: Rainforests

Program Location New Zealand & Yungaburra, Australia
Sponsor School for Field Studies
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 35001
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2020 05/30/20 to 08/05/20
Past Dates

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SFS-Australia and New Zealand: Rainforests
Fig Tree

In this two country summer course, students have the rare opportunity to be part of the initial phase of a long-term research project being conducted in New Zealand and Australia. In the first component, students will compare and contrast the ecological, geographical, social, economic, and historical factors that have shaped natural resource management in both countries. 

Students compare and contrast the ecological, geographical, social, economic, and historical factors that have shaped natural resource management in far north Queensland and northern New Zealand. These two countries share a similar Gondwanan ancestry, however indigenous and European settlement patterns and economic development significantly differ between the two countries. In Australia, students discover the critically endangered flora and fauna of the Wet Tropics and the factors that have lead to their disjunct populations. In New Zealand, students take their Australian experiences and examine similarities and differences in political structure, land use patterns, and biogeography. 

Field expeditions and exercises include:

  • Examine the influence of fragmentation and other impacts on abiotic and biotic attributes of forest communities in Australia and New Zealand
  • Visit the ancient rainforest refugia at Mossman Gorge and Daintree National Park
  • Visit the ancient Kauri forests of northern New Zealand
  • Examine Aboriginal vs. Maori historic land-use practices in Australia and New Zealand

Students earn four credits for this summer program. Students receiving financial aid should read the applicable section below for more information about how this might impact your summer aid.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:School for Field Studies.


SFS-Australia and New Zealand: Rainforests
Ellinjaa Falls

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.6 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Education][College of Liberal Arts][College of Science]
Specifically from: All (AG), EDU majors fulfilling EAPS requirement, and Liberal Arts majors fulfilling their science requirement

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Attention liberal arts majors! Although credit is awarded by the College of Agriculture, the College of Liberal Arts will count this summer program as fulfilling your four-credit lab science requirement.  Please speak to your study abroad advisor for more information!

Non-liberal arts majors should check with their academic advisor to see if this might fulfill their science requirement.

Attention Education Majors! You can earn two credits for EAS/EAPS 31200 (your EAS/EAPS capstone) and two credits FNR 40000 for a total of four credits for this particular program!

While in New Zealand, student accommodations will be at various lodges (included in program costs). The Australia accommodations are eight person cabins at the Center for Rainforest studies, in the heart of the Australian Rainforest.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program and housing fee cover: tuition, room and board, program-related ground transportation and park entrance fees, field equipment, supplies, orientation and pre- and post-program advisory services. Total Program Cost does not include transportation to and from the program location.

The fees below are for the one 4-week summer session with SFS.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2020

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$4,650.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$2,400.00
Books and Supplies$60.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$600.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

In order to qualify for financial aid (incl. loans), students need to register for at least six credits during the summer. Students needing to use Purdue financial aid in order to participate in this four-credit summer program will need to enroll in at least two more credits during the summer term at Purdue.

SFS offers many scholarships and/or 0% interest loans (no FAFSA form required). Please see the SFS website for more details.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
SFS-Australia and New Zealand: Rainforests
Sky Rail to Barron Gorge

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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