- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Junior standing or above at the start of the program
- 4 semesters of college-level biology (or equivalent)
With access to the largest fringing coral reef in the world and some of the planet’s most remarkable biodiversity, Western Australia is a treasure trove for students who are interested in ecology and marine biology. Whether you collect data on the 260-kilometer Ningaloo reef or join scientists to help protect endangered forest marsupials, you’ll sharpen your science skills, and return from the land down under with valuable hands-on experience.
This program is designed for biology students who are eager for hands-on fieldwork in Australia’s incredible natural environments. Students begin with coursework at our CIEE site at Murdoch University, and conduct fieldwork in one of two streams: marine (marine ecology), or terrestrial (conservation biology). Learning is capped with an independent research project at Ningaloo or Manjimup. Students return to CIEE for a one-week wrap up.
Fall: late July - early November
Spring: mid February - [mid June
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Known as Australia’s sunniest and most environmentally attractive city, cosmopolitan Perth is a study in contrasts – like skyscrapers and white beaches, and sophistication with a laid-back vibe. Many of its 1.8 million people take advantage of downtime to get outside for fun and games. Suburban Murdoch University is located 9 miles south of Perth and 6 miles east of Fremantle – or Freo. This funky port city is where you’ll find most students outside of class. With an alternative vibe, this city leads many green initiatives in Western Australia, and has a lively arts, entertainment, and music scene.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.