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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

Dominican Republic

Climate Change Impacts and Policy in the Dominican Republic
Summer Session II

August 1 - 13, 2017

    Las Terrenas beach
Come with us as we study the impacts of climate change on key natural resources and ecosystems in the Dominican Republic. Review the impacts of climate change on agricultural production and people’s livelihoods. Meet with climate change government officials, environmental NGOs, and scientists. Explore the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate through field trips, hands-on experience, meetings, lectures, and readings. Learn more about the Dominican Republic program

New Zealand

Sustaining Human Societies and the Natural Environment

December 26, 2017 - January 17, 2018

    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


Issues in Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

December 31, 2017 - January 11, 2018

    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

Costa Rica

Global Issues in Sustainability

January 4 - 14, 2018

    Frog on a leaf

With just over 51,000 km2 in territory, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries. With beautiful beaches, volcanos, biodiversity, and a unique culture and political system devoted to the protection of natural resources, the country offers a perfect setting for studying social, economic, and cultural aspects interactions with natural resources. This course will take you to a large variety of rural, and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials issues. The course balances different teaching methods to increase the learning process to reflect on past, present, and future of natural resources in a developing country and their relationship to other geographies such as United States.

Learn more about the Costa Rica program




    View from top of Diamond Hill.

Enjoy your Spring Break studying culture, sustainability, and community in beautiful and historical Ireland. Experience the culture and history of the rugged west coast. Explore the city of Galway and the Claddagh, hike in Connemara National Park, and participate in a hands-on design project. Gain college credit. 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


Antarctica – Human Impacts on a Fragile Ecosystem
Wintermester 2016

December 15 - 30, 2016

    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.

Learn more about the Antarctica program

Australia and New Zealand

Sustainability and Conservation-based Service Learning Program
Summer Session I

June 1 - 28, 2017

    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

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

Read the Summer Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017

Select a Major

We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.