The SIT: Australia Sustainability and Environmental Action program is designed to help students acquire methods, tools, and different perspectives on how to make our societies more sustainable.  About half of the students on the program are Environmental Studies majors, while the other half are students from diverse fields who are motivated to act on environmental challenges.  Learning is conducted in remote wilderness areas, national parks, and on-site sustainable housing projects.  The program includes excursions such as a one-week trip to Tasmania and a camping trip with Aboriginal elders.

Fields of study:

Interdisciplinary environmental studies


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement).

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, January – May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Sustainability and Environmental Action Seminar (8 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (5 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Two-week homestay in Lismore or a nearby rural location in northern New South Wales.  Other accommodations during the program include apartments, hostels, lodges, and campsites.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.


As part of the Independent Study Project (ISP), students choose between a two-week internship with an organization working in the area of migration, building their (ISP) on this internship experience, or designing an ISP on their own.


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: Australia Sustainability and Environmental Action