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A Guide to Studying Environmental Studies Abroad

Environmental Studies is rapidly becoming one of the most important academic disciplines available as it encompasses many defining questions of our modern era. Sustainability and environmental preservation are global issues at core, and environmental study abroad programs will introduce you to new ways by which we can tear down barriers and build up a healthier planet.

Why Study Environmental Studies Abroad

No matter where you go, studying abroad will break you out of your comfort zone and change the way you see the world. Different countries vary drastically in their efficiency and sustainability of infrastructure, presenting a wide array of problems which remain to be solved by environmental scientists around the globe. When all is said and done, environmental study abroad programs will teach you that despite our differences, we all walk the same earth which we must help each other protect.

Locations

When choosing a location to pursue environmental studies abroad, the first decision you must make is whether you’d like to travel to the developed or developing world. Advanced and underdeveloped economies each present their unique set of challenges and perspectives on environmental issues, and you decision can greatly influence how you come to think about the broader issues at hand.

If you study abroad in a developed country or region, such as Europe, North America, Australia, or Japan, then the focus of your environmental study abroad program will likely be on large scale issues, such as policy, global sustainability, and urban planning. The infrastructure of these areas tends to be developed enough so that citizens enjoy access to potable drinking water, functional sewage, and other such amenities. With these basic needs cared for, universities and environmental leaders can focus more on macro-level issues and the effects of these “amenities” on the environment.

In the developing world you will face a different side of environmental studies abroad, as these countries work to build up more advanced infrastructures. Pressing environmental issues, such as pollution, waste management, and disease control, often take a front seat as they tend to present significant challenges in both urban and rural areas. Environmental study abroad programs in countries in Central America, Africa, or Southeast Asia can be a fantastic opportunity for students to work hands on with these foundational issues and explore how sustainability differs between the first and third world.

Courses & Programs

Environmental studies is a far reaching discipline which covers a diversity of subject matters. From Marine Science to Urban Planning to Environmental Engineering to Ecology and Conservation, many subtopics which concentrate on the earth and how we interact with it find their home in this field. The exact courses that are offered by environmental study abroad programs will vary by location and program structure, so make sure to take the course catalogue into account when researching different study abroad options. 

Since language barriers can present a significant obstacle to entering the university system in most countries, many environmental study abroad programs will provide you with the alternative of studying at a smaller international school or at the provider’s satellite institution instead. At these alternative institutions, the course load tends to be diverse in nature and serve largely as an orientation to the city or country you are studying abroad in, however many offer classes in the environmental studies too!

There are also many focused environmental study abroad programs, and some even combine studying abroad with supplemental volunteering or internship opportunities. Studying abroad can be a great way to not only receive academic credit, but also gain hands on experience in your preferred specialty within the field. There are environmental studies programs are available during an semester or term, so you can easily communicate with your home university about which option will be most plausible for your degree track.

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Studying environmental studies abroad will prove to be a groundbreaking learning experience. It is a truly universal discipline and you will find it fascinating and highly educational to explore how different cultures approach and analyze environmental issues. Whatever your area of focus in the field of environmental studies, the value of studying abroad goes far beyond the four walls of a classroom. Environmental study abroad programs will take you out in the world, where you will be absorbing and learning from everything around you, so you can return home a more socially and environmentally conscious person.

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SEA Semester

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Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon

Carleton College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, now operates Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon, an expansion of Antioch Education Abroad’s Community Development program. The Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon program allows students to engage in meaningful local development projects in an enriching cross-cultural learning environment. S...

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CISabroad

On Semester in Costa Rica, you will study in English or in Spanish at a local university, Universidad Veritas, in the bustling capital city of San Jose. In your free time, explore nearby volcanoes, go zip lining in the rainforest, and get to know Costa Rican culture while sipping some of the best coffee in the world with classmates at a local cafe! You will experience: * Local and internatio...

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American Institute For Foreign Study

Spend a semester or academic year in captivating Stellenbosch with AIFS. Earn up to 15 credits studying at the University of Stellenbosch. Courses are taught in English. Choose your course of study on the Full Curriculum Program. Volunteer opportunities and a Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement Program are also options. Limited opportunities exist for students with an interest i...

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IES Abroad

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Boston University Study Abroad

Join an Environmental Studies Program in Venice. This Italian city is home to numerous priceless treasures and artifacts of western heritage, and is also a frequently mentioned example when discussing the impacts of climate chance. Venice offers a dynamic, exciting, and unique location to examine various critical issues concerning climate change. The program offers a dual focus that explores...

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Athena Study Abroad

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Ecology Conservation Program in Scotland - Adelante Abroad

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Center For Study Abroad (CSA) - Direct Low Cost - Budget

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Study Abroad + Community Internship at Griffith University

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Syracuse University London Center

Study in the heart of London for a semester through Syracuse University's London Center program. You will take courses in liberal arts, as well as professional courses in architecture, music industry, design, business, public communications, and theater. This program includes internship placements in real work settings, allowing you to prepare for a career in today's highly globalized economy. ...

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University Studies Abroad Consortium

The Florianópolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic culture of Brazil while living on a beautiful sub-tropical island and studying at one South America’s most prestigious universities. The program is ideal for students who want to learn about the world’s fifth-largest country, one of the fastest-growing economies (sixth-largest i...

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Academic Programs International

Study abroad in Salamanca, a small city of about 230,000 people. The Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its Plaza Mayor (city center) is one of the most impressive in Spain! It is a popular university city that hosts many international students and is only 50 miles east of Spains border with Portugal. APIs program at the University of Salamanca is ideal for students looking to l...

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ISA (International Studies Abroad)

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CIEE

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