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286 Geology Study Abroad Programs

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Spend a summer, semester, or academic year studying Geology abroad with CISabroad. The organization offers affordable and fully supported academic programs in various countries, including Spain, Italy, and France. PRograms are internationally renowned for their elite faculty and highly diverse student body.

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Earn academic credits for studying Geology abroad through the American Institute for Foreign Study. The organization offers programs in key institutions across several countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Most AIFS campuses provide courses in English and other languages.

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The combination of academic work, field trips, and personal travel opportunities in Boston University Auckland University Studies Program gives students a rich introduction of life and culture in New Zealand. Students directly enroll at either Auckland University of Technology or the University of Auckland, depending on their specific field and interests. Students on the program enroll in three...

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The Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University makes China accessible to international visiting and exchange students, no matter their study interest. With curriculum all taught in English, 14 academic departments, including science, engineering, culture, design, business, and more  all combined with Chinese language and cultural study and taught by some of Asia's foremost experts  the university is...

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Athena Study Abroad offers students the opportunity to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. The Old Aberdeen campus is the historic heart of the university and combines immaculately preserved buildings with modern facilities for learning, research, and recreation. The charming atmosphere is perfect for inspiring students whil...

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Natural beauty and heritage come to mind when one thinks Edinburgh, Scotland. Inland cliffs, freshwater streams, woodlands and grasslands provide a bountiful habitat and make this the ideal Ecology study abroad program. In the classroom, students will take part in courses like Conservation Skills and Habitat Management. Beyond the classroom, this program allows students to gain valuable fiel...

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Travel to Cork, Galway, or Dublin for an unforgettable study abroad experience. API provides programs that ensure students experience their destination city's genuine culture. API provides exceptional value with experienced staff, international and domestic excursions, planned social and cultural activities, and many others.

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Study Geology abroad with ISA. The organization offers high-quality academic programs to students from around the world at affordable prices. Students receive guidance before, during, and after their time abroad.

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Costa Rica is well known for its peaceful lifestyle, egalitarian society, stable government, excellent medical care, and extraordinary natural beauty. Known as the “Switzerland of Latin America,” Costa Rica abolished its military in 1948. Consequently, it has been able to redirect its resources toward the development of its educational system and infrastructure. As a result, today Costa Rica is...

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Integrated Spanish Studies semester abroad in Seville gives advanced Spanish-level students the unique opportunity to take classes alongside Spanish students at Universidad de Sevilla, while benefiting from the cultural guidance, language tools, and academic quality that defines Spanish Studies Abroad programming. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of homestays/life in the residencia...

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Program Overview What better place to pursue your academic interests and improve your Spanish language skills than in the beautiful Spanish coastal city of Alicante. A unique combination of intensive language training, Spanish-taught courses in the humanities and social sciences, and direct enrollment opportunities at the Universidad de Alicante will ensure you’re on your way to becoming fluen...

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Embark on an intellectually-challenging study abroad program offered by Semester at Sea, the nation's leading shipboard program for study abroad. Participants circumnavigate the globe each fall and spring semester, and explore a specific world region each summer. A state-of-the-art passenger ship, the MV World Odyssey, serves as our floating campus. Colorado State University is the academic ...

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Live and study alongside locals in New Zealand's coastal town, Palmerston North. With our flexible course enrollment program at one of New Zealand's most prestigious universities, Massey University, you will be able to access the Palmerston North campus' full-course curriculum. Choose from hundreds of high-quality courses to meet your academic requirements back home. With an 80-year tradition ...

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Students in the course will participate at the excavation of a Roman villa and its surroundings in Artena, a picturesque hill town approximately 40 miles south-east of Rome, under the direction of Temple University Rome faculty member and archaeologist Jan Gadeyne and his colleague Cécile Brouillard, who works for the French Institute for Preventive Archaeology (INRAP). The site, a large artifi...

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Studying Geology Abroad

It’s been said that the best geologist is simply the one who has seen the most rocks. By that logic alone, students have every reason to study geology abroad. Geologists study the make-up and function of our planet and know full well that to really succeed in the field, you must see as much of the Earth as possible. Study abroad programs in geology offer students the opportunity to explore regions of the planet they have never seen before and also to better understand how people in other nations see and study the earth beneath their feet.

Why Study Geology Abroad

International programs focused on studying geology are incredibly valuable educational opportunities. It is easy to understand how students in a science like geology can benefit from first hand experience in the field, and that is exactly what a geology study abroad program can provide. Furthermore, the field experiences that should naturally accompany a study abroad program in geology demonstrate to future employers that the applicant is both capable of handling the rigors of field work and can thrive in an unfamiliar environment, making these experiences a fantastic one-two punch to add to a resume. 

Locations

Australia & New Zealand are home to nearly a dozen world class universities as well as some of the more interesting geologic features on Earth. Furthermore, every major institution of higher learning in these two nations has a geology or geoscience program that is open to international students. The Australian outback is one of the best locations to study geology abroad when it comes to the processes of wind erosion, and New Zealand is home to frequent seismic activity stemming from several major fault lines. Additionally, Lake Taupo (on New Zealand’s north island) is actually the caldera of a supervolcano that has produced two of the most violent eruptions in recent geologic history, making for another key point of interest.

Italy. Italian study abroad programs in geology also combine some of the best university programs available with ample opportunities for fieldwork. Students can study several major volcanoes, as well as topics specific to the magnificent Dolomite range in the northeast. Multiple Italian universities also offer the unique opportunity to base the study of geology within Italy, but to branch out to other European nations for field experiences. The neighboring nations of Switzerland and Austria are the most common destinations for field trips in these geology programs, exposing students to the fascinating geology of the central Alps.

Norway. If glacial geology is of any interest to you, Norway is hard to top. Geology study abroad programs in Norway will naturally focus on the local geology, especially the formation of the world famous coastal fjords and the long-term conservation of these sites. If you can handle the cold, excursions to the northern areas of the country focus on marine geology, specifically in the regions near or above the Arctic Circle. Major universities with comparable geology programs are available in the cities of Stavanger, Tromsø, as well as the capital, Oslo.

Antarctica. Though not a traditional full-term study abroad opportunity, Antarctica is worth a mention for the adventure aspect it provides. Multiple universities in the United States offer short-term study abroad programs that involve travel to the frozen continent to study the complicated nature of polar geology. These programs focus on coastal and glacial geology specifically.

Courses & Programs

The key to any good geology program lies in field experiences, allowing students to get a first hand look at the geologic processes they are studying. This fact is what makes studying geology abroad so valuable. While the classroom environment will likely be similar to what a student could expect at their home university, the added benefit of being exposed to geographic phenomena that can’t be found in their own country is what sets geology study abroad programs apart. As a result, the best geology courses for study abroad students to take will be structured around field trips or, at the very least, the local geology of the destination country.

Following this logic, the best times for a student to study abroad will be during the part of the year that the destination country sees its best weather, which most often occurs during summer or spring semesters, allowing for more opportunities to get outside and apply what is being taught in the classroom. As for required qualifications, there aren’t many for geology students. Some experience in outdoorsmanship can come in handy on field expeditions but beyond that, you and your fellow students are all geologists in training and the faculty at any university will understand this. If a topic at your destination school interests you, simply ask about it and see what can be done to get you enrolled in the course!

Benefits & Challenges

  • Field Experience. The challenges associated with studying geology abroad will most likely come in the form of trips into the field in the student’s destination of choice. These trips often come with added costs and can frequently take students into remote and isolated areas, but the opportunity is one that should be taken advantage of. Exploring and studying the geological makeup of a foreign, unfamiliar place is one of the greatest benefits of studying abroad as a geology student, and these opportunities should not be passed up. 
  • Build Your Professional Portfolio. The professional benefit to having field experience in geology is already a bonus, but to be able to say that your experience came in another country is just icing on the cake. The professional benefits and opportunities for exciting field work combined with the ability to experience another culture makes studying abroad a fantastic choice for any geology student.
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