• 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 2017-18  9/29/2017
Summer 2018 Session I: Rainforest Studies-Aust/New Zealand 2/23/2018
Summer 2018  Session I AND II: Combined Sessions Jun-Aug 2/23/2018
Fall 2018-19  2/23/2018
Summer 2018 Session II: Rainforest Research-Australia TBA

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.
Rainforest ecosystems are a “hot spot” for biodiversity, and provide humans with clean air, water, food, and medicines. Still, thousands of acres disappear each day. Large areas of northeastern Queensland, Australia, were once covered in spectacular rainforests, preserving millions of years of evolutionary history. Timber extraction, farming, and development have destroyed and disrupted rainforest ecosystems and habitats in both countries. Many of Australia’s tropical forests and species are now protected under World Heritage legislation; however, they are faced with threats due to climate change and invasive species. Similar to Australia, in northern New Zealand, only fragments of the country’s ancient forests remain to house the endemic fauna and flora. On this program, you will learn field research techniques as you collect data on:
• Potential responses to global climate change
• Habitat use and animal behaviors
• Resilience to disturbance
• Local resident involvement in restoration projects
• Cost-effective and ecologically beneficial methods of restoration
The field station is located in the heart of the traditional land of the Yidinjji people in a protected World Heritage forest. You will live in shared cabins nestled within the rainforest. Giant strangler figs, abundant vines and epiphytes, large pythons, colorful parrots, giant cassowaries, bandicoots and tree kangaroos fill the Wet Tropics’ forests with color, sound, and complexity.
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.