SIT Study Abroad Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action
Surrounded by the inspiring beauty of Australia’s World Heritage areas, investigate sustainable ways of protecting the environment and promoting equality.
WHY STUDY SUSTAINABILITY IN AUSTRALIA?
With poor soils, unique organisms, and a climate governed largely by El Niño, Australia has keenly felt the effects of climate change. From your base two blocks from the beach in the small coastal town of Byron Bay, you’ll explore Australia’s burgeoning permaculture and sustainable farming initiatives. During excursions and workshops, including ten days in Tasmania, a sustainable urban design workshop in Melbourne, and a five-day camping trip with Aboriginal elders, you’ll meet environmental activists, see examples of successful campaigns, and get tools to apply sustainability efforts at home.
You’ll spend much of the program in the field. In each destination, you will learn about climate, geology, geomorphology, soils, and flora and fauna as well as the area’s human history and culture, in order to instill a sense of place and to help understand its unique management issues. During three interactive workshops, you’ll learn about environmental psychology, discover how Aboriginal peoples view and relate to their environments, and get practical tools to take effective action toward environmental social change.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.
SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.
SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. All scholarships and grants are need-based. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
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Sustainability and the Environment
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.