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 abroad. 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 a study abroad 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 opportunities for overseas study

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.

Elephants drinking and splashing water.

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Summer 2019

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.

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Dominican Republic

Summer II 2019

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. Students will 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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Fall 2019

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the coldest, windiest, driest, highest, quietest, most remote, and least understood continent on Earth. Students attend weekly lectures during the fall (available anywhere via webcast), prepare a research essay in their area of primary interest, and then participate in a 2-week field study in Antarctica and Ushuaia, Argentina during winter break.

Application Deadline: Expired

Costa Rica

Wintermester 2019

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


Wintermester 2019

Biodiversity is Africa's richest resource and its conservation is of critical importance for the world’s future generations. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in marine research, exploring the connections between the marine environment and human communities. Students will scuba dive along the country's tropical reefs to collect and later analyze data on system health, giving them a unique experience in global education.

Application Deadline: Expired

New Zealand

Wintermester 2019

Students in this program will 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.

Application Deadline: Expired


Wintermester 2019

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 local people, Latin American history and culture, agricultural practices and related issues in developing countries, and much more.

Application Deadline: Expired


Spring Break 2019

Enjoy your spring break studying culture, sustainability, and community in beautiful, historical Ireland. Experience the culture and history of the Emerald Isle’s rugged west coast. Explore the city of Galway and the Claddagh, hike in Connemara National Park, and participate in a hands-on design project.