Sustainable Development Study Abroad

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Studying Sustainable Development Abroad


286 Sustainable Development Study Abroad Programs

Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)

CELL's unique study abroad programs focus on sustainability through community and are designed for students who believe that they can make a difference in the world: students who would like to play an active role in creating long-term solutions to problems facing our global communities and environment. Semester programs consist of a combination of structured course work, field-learning experien...


Summer in South Africa offers you an amazing college experience in an exotic destination, studying at Stellenbosch University. Ideally situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the University is at the core of Stellenbosch, the country's oldest college town. Summer in South Africa includes hands-on courses, guest lecturers, and opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom. Y...

American Institute For Foreign Study

Spend a semester or academic year in the captivating city of Stellenbosch with AIFS. You'll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses at the University of Stellenbosch. Courses are taught in English. Students can choose courses from Stellenbosch University's full course catalog which cover a broad range of subjects. AIFS also offers students with an interest in art, photography, ...

Academic Studies Abroad

Full of art, history, and amazing food, Florence is one of Italy's most exhilarating, distinctive, and beautiful cities. Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is almost in the center of the Italian peninsula with rail lines running in all directions, making travel within Italy and abroad quite easy. Even a quick trip to Chianti, located between Florence and Siena, will fill your camera with...

Boston University Study Abroad

The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Sydney, Australia, is the setting for the Boston University Sydney Internship Program, which offers eight weeks of coursework and participation in a professional internship. Courses explore Australia's political systems, contemporary culture and cinema, and its place in the modern world. Students will gain a critical understanding of the major political inst...

Athena Study Abroad

Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

Syracuse University Florence Center

SU Florence is one of the oldest and most prestigious study abroad programs in all of Europe. Its academic courses and related activities have evolved in the context of a city with an extraordinarily rich history and a contemporary nature. While you may associate Florence with the Renaissance, the city has plenty of modernity to offer. In addition to being a world capital for art, architecture,...

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

The Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University MSc Sustainable Energy Technology program provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of sustainable energy generation, distribution, and consumption. The program is intended to respond to a growing skills shortage for engineers with a high level of training in renewable energy, smart grids, and sustainability. By the time students graduate from the...

Griffith University

Step out of your comfort zone, experience the great Queensland lifestyle and study abroad with Griffith for one or two semesters. During your Study Abroad semester you can also participate in the Griffith Community Internship. The Community Internship is a course (subject) which allows students to gain real-world experience with a not-for-profit organization and also earn academic credit. G...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city has a population of around 1.4 million, which represents approximately one third of the population of the whole country. Situated in the north of New Zealand's North Island it occupies a narrow isthmus between two stunning harbors. Auckland is also the gateway to surrounding attractions, being just a few short hours drive from the scenic delights of tropical...

Conservation Study in Costa Rica

Our program will focus on biodiversity from forest canopies to coral reefs as we conduct field studies in three specific areas: reef environments; avian wildlife and after dark ecology. Please note that prior field research experience is not required. All necessary skills of data acquisition and analysis will be taught on-site in Costa Rica. At each of our study sites, we will be examining and ...

USAC NEW ZEALAND: Hawke's Bay - Expedition & Internship

With all the natural wonders and unique Kiwi cultural experiences you will not get anywhere else in the world, New Zealand is the ideal place to live and study. The summer Hawkes Bay program is ideal for students studying Agriculture, Agribusiness, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Management. It is the ideal choice for students who are interested in a unique experience that combines a two-we...

University of East Anglia - Study Abroad

Study abroad for one semester or a full year in the beautiful medieval city of Norwich in the East of England just 2 hours from London. The University of East Anglia (UEA) is based on a campus that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 14,000 students. Courses in the following departments accept study abroad students: American Studies, Film and Television Stud...

College Year in Athens

CYA has been offering study abroad opportunities in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 50 years. From archaeological digs to onsite courses to field trips (included in tuition), we encourage our students to actively engage with their course material. Starting with the view of the Acropolis through the Academic Center's floor-to-ceiling windows, students will be inspired to explore th...

MSID - International Development in Thailand

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students will investigate the complexities of development issues in Thailand - such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice - while living in Chiang Mai, a blend of urban bustle and ancient charm. Study the Thai language, use your new language skills at home with your host families, and learn from the local community through an internship ...

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Studying Sustainable Development Abroad

Sustainable development is one of the most important academic disciplines offered today. As our human population expands and progresses rapidly, it is a necessity that cities and villages around the world continue to develop in a manner which ensures the well-being of future generations. Studying sustainable development abroad will open your eyes to the pressing need for a global effort toward sustainability in our modern age.

Why Study Sustainable Development Abroad

Sustainable development study abroad programs are opportunities to take your theoretical knowledge out of the classroom and witness firsthand the type of work that is required to develop the world sustainably. Whether you study abroad in a highly industrialized city or an economically advanced country, or in a remote area of a developing country, the need for planning efficient and sustainable development is a universal one. Beyond coursework, studying abroad is one of the most fun and exciting things you can do in academic career!


Sustainable development is a universal goal, and most every country you look to will grant the opportunity to study this emerging discipline abroad. What location you choose, however, will greatly determine the type of experience you have and the focus of courses you may take within the field. As sustainable development is intricately tied to the level of economic advancement a country has undergone, it is easiest to break the selection process down between the so-called first and third worlds.

Studying sustainable development in the developed world will expose you to the cutting edge of sustainability efforts being made in post-industrial societies. In highly developed countries, ranging from the U.S. to France to Japan, growing populations and the steadily increasing need for clean energy require innovative new methods, areas such as urban planning, environmental protection, and waste management. This group of economically developed countries (mostly in North America, Europe, and Oceania) also includes many of the world’s most prestigious universities.

In the developing world you will face a different manifestation of sustainability efforts. Most countries have yet to undergo mass industrialization and so environmental issues often take a backseat to considerations of economic progress. All the more need for international students to take their efforts to study sustainable development abroad to these places! Pollution, sanitation, and potable drinking water are all problems that need to be solved in many countries located in Asia, Africa, and South and Central America, such as Costa Rica, Uganda, Thailand, and Belize. While culture shock will certainly be a challenge in many of these locations, so will the personal and societal payoff for helping underdeveloped countries create sustainable solutions to preventable issues.

Sustainable Development Study Abroad

Sustainable development is a comprehensive discipline, which merges the study of environmental science, economic planning, and infrastructural development. While it is possible to study sustainable development abroad in most countries, specific courses offered will depend on the location and type of program you choose.

Studying sustainable development abroad at a local university will likely grant you access to the entire course catalogue of that school, this is an enticing option for obvious reasons. Interacting with the local student body will also prove an invaluable cross cultural experience for any student. However, in many countries the language barrier can prove to be a significant challenge for students not adept in the local dialect, in which case there are other options for sustainable development study abroad.

Many sustainable development study abroad programs offer courses taught by their own faculty in a classroom setting designed specifically for international students. These programs will often combine academic work with the opportunity for hands on volunteering and research in local communities, making this route a fantastic opportunity to learn about sustainable development efforts in the field.

Make sure to consult your home school’s international office to find out what academic credits will transfer back, so you are sure your sustainable development study abroad courses will count toward your degree track. There are literally hundreds of different opportunities to study sustainable development abroad, so take your time looking into a variety of options!


Sustainable development is a field that requires the unified effort of all countries around the world. The human population is expanding and consuming resources at an exponential rate, and if we are to ensure a brighter future then we must work together. Studying sustainable development abroad will not only give you insight into the nature of this greater global need, but also train you to adapt to cultural differences and work closely with people from other countries. The world is ours for the shaping, and it is never too early to get out there and start making your own footprint, or washing away the footprints of others!

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