The School for Field Studies program in Australia is well-suited for students who want a hands-on study abroad program that examines issues of sustainable development in Australia. Located in the rainforest of Queensland's Atherton Tablelands, the program offers students the opportunity to study rainforest fragmentation and restoration strategies. For the Directed Research project near the end of the semester, students work in teams conducting research related to on-going SFS studies on topics such as monitoring flora and fauna succession, assessing tree seedling recruitment, and improving water quality through plantings around watersheds.

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Delbert Hutchison

Fields of study:

Rainforest ecology, forest management and environmental studies


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); Completion of at least one college-level ecology or biology course

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


September-December; February-May


16 credits per semester as follows:
Required Courses:
Rainforest Ecology (4 credits)
Principles of Forest Management (4 credits)
Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
Directed Research (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SFS credit = 1 Whitman credit


Rustic eight-person cabins at the SFS Center


Provided by SFS at their Center




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Program Link:

SFS: Australia Tropical Rainforest Studies