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See what sustainability means in a world without boundaries

Overseas study trips are more than a chance to see the world. You’ll have the opportunity to experience what you’ve learned in the classroom or conduct research. You’ll meet people from other cultures who are also passionate about sustainability and the environment. You’ll even learn more about yourself and maybe discover your dream career.

You can go on a CNRE adventure or check out university offerings. Travel for a semester or a few weeks. The possibilities are as boundless as the world that’s waiting for you.

The Dean’s International Study Scholarship provides assistance for students who plan to study overseas. There is one application period for winter/spring programs (October 1 to November 1) and one for summer/fall programs (February 1 to March 1). Global Education Scholarships are also available.

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Helping a community gain access to education

When Matt Lacey traveled to Ecuador as part of an international study course, he had no idea that he’d eventually be leading an effort to support a remote village’s efforts to maintain its cultural heritage. But after meeting Danny Gualinga, a member of the Kichwa tribe and the students’ birding guide, Lacey later organized a GoFundMe effort with the help of his Leadership Institute team to raise money to improve schools, increase instruction in technical trades, and facilitate cultural appreciation in Danny’s village.

Upcoming international opportunities

Check out the upcoming short-term options below that are led by CNRE faculty. You can search for additional options by location, major, and other criteria through the Global Education Office.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020


Fall 2020/Wintermester 2021

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the coldest, windiest, driest, highest, quietest, most remote, and least understood continent on Earth. You’ll attend weekly lectures during the fall (available anywhere via webcast), prepare a research essay in your area of primary interest, and then participate in a two-week field study in Antarctica and Ushuaia, Argentina, during winter break.

Elephants drinking and splashing water.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020


Summer Session I 2020

Journey to Kansane, Botswana, the northern gateway to Chobe National Park, home to rich ecosystems, diverse landscapes, and an abundance of wildlife, including Africa’s largest elephant population. Spend the summer at a nonprofit research station where you will gain hands-on experience working with mammals, reptiles, and birds, and conduct field research on topics ranging from wildlife capture and telemetry, to pathology and forensics, to water quality in complex landscapes.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Dominican Republic

Summer Session II 2020

This program uses the Dominican Republic — a country considered as highly vulnerable to climate change — as a case study for introducing the impacts of climate change on key ecosystems and natural resources with an emphasis on the development and implementation of climate change policies. You’ll circle the country, exploring the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate, and meet with climate change government officials, environmental nonprofits, and community leaders.

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Costa Rica

Wintermester 2020

With its beautiful beaches, volcanos, biodiversity, and a unique culture and political system devoted to the protection of the environment, Costa Rica offers a perfect setting for studying social, economic, and cultural interactions with natural resources. This course will take you to a variety of rural and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials.

Application Deadline: Expired


Spring Break 2020

Enjoy spring break learning how environment and history have shaped Irish culture and helped define what it means to be Irish. Experience Celtic art as well as Irish language and music. Visit historically, culturally, and environmentally meaningful locations in Northern Ireland and along Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, including the walled city of Derry, the Giant Causeway, and Sliabh Liag Cliffs. Each day will include hiking or other outdoor activities, such as horseback riding or surfing.

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New Zealand

Wintermester 2020

Examine resource conservation and the natural and social history of New Zealand’s South Island. You’ll use New Zealand as a case study to examine different cultural perspectives on the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economical. You’ll also travel to many of the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, and coastlines of New Zealand to learn from local experts and practitioners.

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Wintermester 2020

This program explores the global issues related to natural resource conservation. You’ll learn about natural resource management and conservation issues, unique ecosystems and biodiversity, indigenous culture in the autonomous San Blas Region, and the impact of climate change on tropical environments, as well as Latin American history and culture, agricultural practices and related issues in developing countries, and much more.

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South India

Wintermester 2020

Travel halfway around the world to learn about and experience issues surrounding water, agriculture, and culture in a dynamic and diverse physical, climatic, and sociological region. Visit leading research institutes, ongoing projects in the field, and — most importantly — farmers, livestock operations, fishers, and aquaculturalists in the region to examine various aspects of the hydro-social cycle.