School for Field Studies Australia

School for Field Studies Australia — Academics

Program Structure

SFS is an affiliated program. You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades count toward your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript. More information can be found in the Academics Policy.

SFS offers field-based, environmentally-focused study abroad programs that are academically rigorous and include a directed research component.

Visit the School for Field Studies' website for specific program features and eligibility requirements.


Semester Coursework

Rainforest to Reef: Study conservation, ecological resilience, and the impacts of rainforest management decisions on the Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest living organism. Become a part of large-scale restoration ecology experiments and meet with local leaders to learn about environmental policy and community conservation approaches. 

You will enroll in four classes for a total of 16 credits:

Summer Coursework

Session I

Rainforests of New Zealand and Australia: Learn how environmental and social factors have contributed to forest fragentation in the spectacular, once-vast rainforests of Australia and New Zealand. (SFS 3540, 4 credits)

Session II

Watersheds of the Wet Tropics: Spend your summer learning about rainforest and watershed management in this verdant region while considering the policies and actions needed to maintain healthy waterways in the face of climate change. (SFS 3161, 4 credits)

Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.