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06 August 2007 @ 10:24 pm
Conservation Biology / American International Students?  
Hi there!

I'm an American biology and environmental science student getting ready to finish up a BS in May 2008.

I'm in the process of figuring out what I want to do with my life, including prospects for graduate school.

I found what looks to be a pretty sweet program at UNSW: A Master's by Coursework in Conservation Biology. The coolest bit is that the program is 6 months at UNSW, and then 6 months at the University of Victoria in Wellington, NZ. It's all super far away, considering I wouldn't enrol until Jan 2009... BUT, I have to make up my mind because grad schools in the US have application dates between December 2007 and February 2008.

I have loads of questions, and any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

-Does anyone have any experience with the MCBio thingo?
-Are there any American uni students out there who decided to pursue a Masters at UNSW? I noticed that the undergraduate systems don't line up perfectly (a US 4-year liberal arts versus an Aussie 3-year to-the-point degree), was that transition hard to make?
(Side note: I've already figured out that I need to do a Masters by Coursework since I don't have an honours year equivalent, which you need to do a Masters by Research. BUST!)
-You chose UNSW, but were there any other schools you liked?
-What is the availability/likelyhood of securing a teaching assistanceship? If that sort of job isn't available, what do you all do for money?
-Any general words of advice on anything at all?

Thanks so much for you help!!
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