Program Details

Explore the biodiversity of the Sydney coastline, one of the most biodiverse in the world!
Sydney, Australia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Located on the east coast of New South Wales, Australia, Sydney supports more than 3000 different marine species. The unique combination of warm tropical waters from the north and colder southern currents means the Sydney Harbor and coastline is home to a vast array of marine plants and animals. Making it one of the most ideal locations in the world to study the impacts of coastal sustainability through the lens of urbanization and climate change.

You will study this valuable ecosystem up close, combining biology and environmental studies in your multidisciplinary work. Through snorkeling in an aquatic reserve and guided tours of national parks, you’ll discover which key species are under threat from marine pollution, human activity and climate change – and how to make a difference.

Most days will begin at the CIEE Global Institute right in the heart of the city center a short distance from your hostel accommodation where you’ll live with fellow CIEE classmates.  Your classes will explore marine science and conservation, Australian and indigenous culture, and will assist to set you up for your future career in the marine biology or oceanography fields.

Additional Program Information

No specific requirements for standard sessions. Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page. This program involves engaging in moderate to high intensity physical activities such as hiking, boating and snorkeling. Ability to swim is not required but strongly encouraged to enjoy the program and location at its fullest.
Scholarships Description:
Hundreds of students a year benefit from CIEE's variety of scholarships and grants. We are dedicated to helping students who need assistance take your studies out of the classroom and into the world! Check out our GAIN travel grants, Gilman GoGlobal, and

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