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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
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Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Campsites, Homestay, Hostel, Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Alayne Wood
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 16 credits/semester Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework in environmental studies, biology, ecology or related field
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Environmental Science and Policy, Natural Sciences, Political Science, Social Sciences
Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see

Investigate the terrestrial and marine ecological patterns and processes of tropical northern Queensland--a world vastly different from the rest of Australia. UNESCO has recognized the global significance of this region, listing rainforests and reefs as World Heritage sites. The tropical lowland rainforest is biogeographically the oldest in the world. Tableland plateaus and the incredible coral and marine life of the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef add to the ecological richness and diversity--due in part to the region's isolation from the rest of the world for all but the last two centuries.

Interdisciplinary lectures, workshops, and field-based activities help students develop an in-depth understanding of the region's natural ecology as well as an appreciation of the historical and contemporary social pressures and natural resource exploitation issues affecting human communities.

SIT is announcing a new scholarship program for undergraduate Pell grant recipients. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Beginning with fall 2010 programs, SIT will automatically match a student’s Pell award used for a semester program with SIT, thereby placing high-quality, field-based study abroad programs within greater financial reach of a wider range of undergraduate students. More than 30 SIT programs across the globe are eligible for the new Pell match scholarship.

Note: This program's former name was Natural and Cultural Ecology.