About the Location
Rainforest ecosystems harbor some of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity. The rainforests of Australia and New Zealand host extraordinary remnants of the world’s oldest species of plants and animals. Large areas of northeastern Queensland were once covered in spectacular tropical rainforests, preserving millions of years of evolutionary history; however, over the centuries, logging, farming, and development have destroyed and disrupted rainforest ecosystems and habitats, leaving fragile fragments that are often too small or isolated to sustain some species.
Though many of Australia’s tropical forests and species are now protected under World Heritage legislation, they are faced with continual threats due to climate change and invasive species. Similarly, only fragments of northern New Zealand’s ancient forests remain to house endemic fauna and flora. At the same time, these rich forests provide food, medicine, and spiritual value to residents and visitors.
Australia and New Zealand are part of the Oceania region. They share similar histories and contain Rainforest ecosystems. Australia has a small percentage of the world's biodiverse rainforest. New Zealand is home to ancient forests containing exotic flora and fauna, the majority of which cannot be found anywhere else. Students will have the experience to see the flora and fauna of both countries and compare the natural resource management in both countries.
The School for Field Studies (SFS) Natural Resource Management and Rainforest Research Summer program offers two four-credit courses that may be taken individually or back to back to provide a thorough introduction to biodiversity conservation, and the socioeconomic factors influencing land and resource management in two unique areas.
In summer Session I: Rainforest Management Studies in New Zealand and Australia, students compare and contrast the ecological, geographical, social, economic, and historical factors that have shaped natural resource management in far northern Australia and northern New Zealand.
In summer Session II: Techniques for Rainforest Research in Australia, students examine the effects of fragmentation in highly endangered rainforest systems, explore Australia’s tropical rainforests and develop effective field research skills in multiple disciplines while learning about rainforest restoration and conservation.
To see course listings for this program, visit the program homepage.
Some things to note about courses taken abroad:
General Program Dates
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the Summer Budget Sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester. Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
School for Field Studies (SFS) awards scholarships for students in their programs. For more information on SFS funding, visit the SFS website.
Students live in a field station in a small, local community. Students share living quarters and have access to a kitchen/dining area, library, computer room, and classrooms.
Students must complete the online Elon University Study Abroad Application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the School for Field Studies.
Note: This program has limited capacity. Applications for a given term will no longer be accepted once capacity has been reached.
A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule
for the summer and semester programs.
Additional Information and Links
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Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!