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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A-Term 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/10/2020 07/14/2020
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of April 1st

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Foreign Language Required: None Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2. Sophomore UW Credits: 10
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Shannon Quinn
Program Information:

Summer Tropical Marine


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Program Overview

Get ready to put on your mask and fins and help conduct research at Ningaloo, a 260-kilometer reef that hosts some 250 types of coral and a dizzying array of sea life. With access to the largest fringing coral reef in the world, western Australia is a big draw for students who are interested in conservation and marine biology. This program is an unforgettable way to explore down under, sharpen your science skills, and come back with valuable hands-on experience.

Unique Experiences


to real-world problems by collecting data on Ningaloo Reef.


and knowledge of science with introductory coursework.


of scientists and researchers at Coral Bay and Exmouth, and make a difference protecting precious flora and fauna.

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Your Destination

Known as Australia’s sunniest and most environmentally attractive city, cosmopolitan Perth is sophistication with a laid-back vibe. Suburban Murdoch University – home to CIEE – is 11 miles south of Perth and 6 miles east of Fremantle, a.k.a Freo. This funky port city is where you’ll find most students outside of class. With an alternative vibe, this city leads many green initiatives in Western Australia, and has a lively arts and music scene. The towns of Coral Bay and Exmouth are on the Indian Ocean about 745 miles north of Perth, on the doorstep of Ningaloo Marine Park. The world-famous reef and surrounding region brims with dolphins, dugongs, manta ray, sea turtles, mollusks, whales, whale sharks, coral, and colorful fish.

Excursions & Activities

  • Explore the country’s fantastically unique marine ecosystems through extensive hands-on fieldwork at Ningaloo Reef, one of the top five most famous diving destinations in the world

  • Live and study in close proximity to the Australian coast featuring a diverse tropical reef ecosystem

  • Meet with local organizations focused on many areas of conservation and the environment

  • Learn from highly respected professors, researchers, and experts in the field

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before departure to set goals & answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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