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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

Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment

December 26, 2015 - January 18, 2016

    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.

Learn more about the New Zealand program

Costa Rica

Global Issues in Sustainability
Wintermester 2016
    Frog on a leaf

This new and unique course will bring faculty and students together to learn more about global issues that impact the sustainable management and use of natural resources. Issues were examined through the lens of examples in Costa Rica including natural resources conservation, water management, ecotourism, wood products manufacturing, forest certification, and wildlife protection will be examined through field trips and lecture by experts.

Learn more about the Costa Rica program


Issues in Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

January 4 - 16, 2016

    Blas Isles

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

Learn more about the Panama program


Culture, Natural Resources, and Design in Ireland
Spring Break

March 5 - 13, 2016

    View from top of Diamond Hill.

Experience the culture and history of the rugged Connemara coast. Explore the cities of Galway and Ennis. Hike in Connemara National Park. Learn with students at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Participate in a hands-on design and build project. Contribute by participating in a service-learning project in Connemara National Park. Experience the world.

Learn more about the Ireland program

Additional partner programs that are biology faculty led are also of interest to many CNRE students


Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment in Antarctica
Wintermester 2015

December 17 - 30, 2015

    Whale watching

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.

Australia and New Zealand

Sustainability and Conservation-based Service Learning Program
Summer Session I

May 26, 2016 - June 21, 2016

    Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

A 24-day field experience in New Zealand (North Island) and northeast Queensland, Australia (the Outback, Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef). By participating in hands-on service learning projects, we will learn about sustainability, ecological restoration and resource conservation in New Zealand's North Island and Australia's tropical northeast region. Students will learn through classroom lectures and field trips, and then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term ecological research and conservation projects.

Learn more about the Australia + New Zealand program

Hokies track severe weather on the road

Students in a field looking at a storm system moving across the horizon.

Follow Virginia Tech meteorology students as they hit the road to track and study violent storms in the Great Plains.

  • See daily updates and map their current location on their blog.
  • Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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 Fall 2015

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