NOTE: You must submit an application to UVA and your outside program provider. The deadline above is for UVA’s application. The deadline for your outside program application may be earlier. Confirm the outside program’s application deadline on their website.
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SIT Study Abroad Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action
Investigate alternatives to current systems that are degrading the environment and increasing inequality, and be inspired by the incredible beauty of Australia’s World Heritage areas.
Live two blocks from the beach in the small coastal town of Byron Bay.
Go on a four-day camping trip with Aboriginal elders.
Learn about ecopsychology, environmental action, and sustainable futures during interactive, multi-day workshops.
Explore the methods of environmental activism.
Discover how Australia’s successful sustainability efforts can be applied at home.
Spend eight days in Tasmania, exploring its ancient forests and learning about conservation.
Do independent field research or an internship.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
Key Topics of Study
Sense of place
The natural environment and nature conservation
Social change and environmental action
Ecopsychology and environmental ethics
Aboriginal relationships with the environment
This program offers a five-week internship with an environmental nonprofit organization or a government department or agency focused on environmental issues. An internship with a for-profit entity is also possible but only if the entity is primarily focused on environmental outcomes. The internship will enable you to gain valuable work experience in the field of sustainability and enhance your skills in an international work environment. A minimum of 150 hours must be spent working for the organization.
SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
All educational costs, including educational excursions
All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
All scholarships and grants are need-based.
Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
With its magnificent beaches, estuaries, rainforests, and mountains, subtropical northern New South Wales is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful and biologically important areas of Australia. This idyllic landscape has attracted many settlers committed to preserving the natural environment and establishing more sustainable lifestyles; at the same time, development pressures associated with tourism and rapid population growth have emerged. The resultant conflicts over development have made this region a world leader in sustainability.
Based in Byron Bay, one of the most scenic and culturally interesting towns in Australia, this interdisciplinary program is designed to empower you to contribute to making our societies more sustainable. The United Nations has declared 2005-2015 the decade of "Education for Sustainable Development." Examining innovative solutions to environmental problems in Australia will prepare you to take part in this endeavor. Extended excursions to Fraser Island and Tasmania (both UNESCO World Heritage sites) and to Aboriginal communities will give you a broad understanding of the environmental and cultural diversity of Australia.