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Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Program offers excellent international experiences through courses taught in a wide variety of countries. These courses are offered to students from any major who have completed at least one year of on-campus instruction and have met the GPA standards. Students participating in a Study Abroad program may qualify for undergraduate or graduate credit.

Where can I go? What can I study?

How to Apply

All students must complete and submit all application materials before their application will be considered. Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received, and candidates are accepted on rolling admission basis.

Upcoming CNRE faculty led short term programs

New Zealand

December 26, 2014 - January 18, 2015

    Students crossing a wooden foot bridge in New Zealand

This three and a half-week experiential program will examine resource conservation and the natural, and related social, history of New Zealand’s South Island. In this course you’ll use New Zealand as a case study to examine different cultural perspectives on the three pillars of sustainability: environment, social equity, and economics. The program travels to many of the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, and coastlines of New Zealand to learn from knowledgeable local experts and practitioners.


Issues in Natural Resource Conservation in Panama

January 3 - 15, 2015

    Blas Isles

This two-week faculty-led program in Panama explores the Global Issues related to natural resource conservation. Students will earn 1-3 university credits.

You will learn about natural resource management and conservation issues, indigenous culture in the Autonomous San Blas Region, the impact of climate change on tropical environments and local people, Latin American history and culture, agricultural practices and related issues in developing countries, incredible landscapes, unique ecosystems, biodiversity, and much more!

Eastern Europe

Global Sustainability Issues in Eastern Europe
Summer Session I 2015

May 23 - June 5, 2015
(14 days + pre or post trip)

This course will explore global sustainability issues with emphasis on sustainable natural resources, sustainable lifestyle, forestry and forest products, conservation, energy use, water management, and their impact on Eastern Europe. Students will travel throughout Slovakia and Czech Republic with Purdue University and VT professors to visit local universities, cities, national parks/forests, industry, cultural sites, and rest in interesting touristic destinations. Lectures by local researchers and experts will provide the fundamentals of the global sustainability issues.


Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment in Antarctica
Wintermester 2015

December 17 - 30, 2015

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the remote and dramatic wilderness of the world’s least-understood continent. Towering icebergs, glacier-draped mountains, and waddling penguins are just a few of the wonders that greet you on this experiential program. You’ll explore contemporary issues in Antarctica and the adjacent Southern Ocean, and learn how this otherworldly continent is so closely linked with the civilized world. The program starts with a Fall online course that includes weekly webcast lectures covering a diverse range of Antarctic topics. The two-week field study takes place during your winter break, which is summer in Antarctica, when you’ll fly to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina before journeying by ship to the Antarctic Peninsula.


Some Previous CNRE Programs

Trane first to partner with Sustainability Institute

Trane employee on jobsite.

Trane, a worldwide provider of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, is lending its expertise and support to establish the Sustainability Institute at Virginia Tech. The company has recruited Virginia Tech graduates to its workforce for several decades.

Read the Fall Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Winter 2015

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