• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• At the time of application, students must have completed one semester at a US college or university.
• Previous college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies course required for semester programs.
• 2.8 cumulative GPA for semester programs; 2.6 cumulative GPA for summer programs
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Biological Science, Physical Science, Environmental Studies

Classroom Language



Field Research Station

Program Duration

Fall: Mid-September - Mid-December
Spring: Early February - Mid-May
Summer: Early June - Early July or Mid-July - Mid-August or both

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2015-16  10/2/2015
Summer 2016 Session I: Rainforest Studies-Aust/New Zealand 2/26/2016
Summer 2016 Session I AND II: Combined Sessions Jun-Aug 2/26/2016
Summer 2016 Session II: Rainforest Research-Australia 2/26/2016
Fall 2016-17  2/26/2016
Spring 2016-17  9/30/2016
Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submissions encouraged.

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Australia, Yungaburra
SFS Rainforest Studies

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Offered through the School for Field Studies (SFS), the SFS Rainforest Studies programs are approved UW affiliate programs. The program options are: Tropical Rainforest Studies (semester), Summer Session I: Rainforest Management Studies, and Summer Session II: Techniques for Rainforest Research. On these programs, you will gain an understanding of the dynamics of rainforest ecosystems, including potential impacts of global climate change, and in turn develop rainforest restoration strategies that benefit both ecosystems and human communities.
The programs take place at the Center for Rainforest Studies located in Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia. The field station lies at the end of the Atherton Tablelands in the heart of the traditional land of the Yidinji people. The astonishing biodiversity of Australia's rainforest and the country's dynamic conservation efforts make Queensland an extraordinary laboratory for studying rainforest management and restoration.
Note: The semester program is less than 15 weeks in duration and thus is not eligible for UW-Madison financial aid.
You will be working closely with both IAP and SFS on these programs. You can access the programs' main information page through the SFS website to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.