Learning Abroad in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

"There are few things more educational than experiencing your own country from the perspective of a foreign land. It makes you realize there are things other countries do much better than your country does, and it makes you appreciate things about your own country that you would otherwise take for granted." 

—Valery E. Forbes, Dean, College of Biological Sciences

Do EEB students study abroad? Yes, every year. An international experience will provide you with the necessary skills to work effectively in health care, academia, industry or the public sector. Every EEB student should consider gaining international experience through study abroad.

Learning Abroad Process

This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the College of Biological Sciences before beginning your study abroad research.

How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?

Foundations of Biology I and II:

CBS students should consider the timing of the two-semester Foundations of Biology sequence when planning study abroad.  Unless students complete a pre-approved yearlong biology sequence at another school they should plan to take Biol 2002 and Biol 2003/4 on campus.

Liberal Education:

Many students fulfill liberal education requirements through study abroad. Advance planning can help you identify which requirements you can fulfill on your study abroad program and which you should fulfill on campus. Consult the U Credit Abroad Search to find courses that have been approved for UofM liberal education requirements.

Engage in Fieldwork, Directed Research, or Internships:

Study Abroad opportunities are not limited to formal instruction. Consider taking advantage of the unique research, internship, and fieldwork opportunities available in different regions of the world. Consult with your CBS adviser about how to gain credit for these experiences.

Additional Planning Considerations for EEB Majors

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya

  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion.
  • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness, environmental monitoring, animal care for conservation/rehabilitation. Interns observe daily activities, assist with non-sensitive care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required

Kenya/Tanzania

School for Field Studies Kenya/Tanzania—Wildlife Management Studies

  • Examine how land-use practices within Maasai group ranches can be sustainably managed to promote both local economic livelihoods and wildlife conservation
  • Wildlife Ecology is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • Directed Research course is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • All courses are taught in English

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with non-sensitive care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • Instruction is in French

Americas

Costa Rica

CIEE Costa Rica—Ecology of the Rain Forest

  • This summer or semester program offers courses in tropical biology and conservation taught by biologists from Costa Rica, the US, and Europe
  • Based at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, students spend considerable time on field trips to other regions and ecosystems throughout the country
  • Courses, all taught in English, include Tropical Diversity, Tropical Community Ecology, and Humans in the Tropics 

Ecuador

Biology of the Galapagos (available through CBS)

  • Taught by faculty members in the Biology Program at the U of M, the program offers the opportunity to discover the biodiversity and biogeography of the Galapagos Islands and experience what inspired Darwin's theory of evolution
  • This summer session program includes 11 days in the Galapagos Islands
  • Learn about conservation and research at the Charles Darwin Research Station and see the plants, birds, and animals of the islands
  • Classroom instruction is held on the University of Minnesota campus both before and after the time in the Galapagos Islands

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program term: academic year, fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, disease mapping, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness, environmental monitoring
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with non-sensitive care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • 2 years college-level Spanish required

Panama

School for Field Studies Panama—Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies

  • SFS programs focus on critical environmental issues through a combination of coursework, field study and a directed research project
  • Gain an understanding of both the conflicts and synergies of conservation and development in the highly productive and diverse Amazon region
  • Directed Research course is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • All courses are taught in English

Peru

School for Field Studies Peru—Biodiversity and Development in the Andes-Amazon

  • SFS programs focus on critical environmental issues through a combination of coursework, field study and a directed research project
  • Examine the extraordinary biodiversity of the Andes-Amazon region along the eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes
  • Tropical Ecology of the Andes-Amazon is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • Directed Research course is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • All courses are taught in English

Turks and Caicos

School for Field Studies Turks & Caicos—Marine Resource Management

  • SFS programs focus on critical environmental issues through a combination of coursework, field study and a directed research project
  • Tropical Marine Ecology is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • All courses are taught in English

Asia and Oceania

Australia

School for Field Studies Australia— Tropical Rainforest Studies

  • SFS programs focus on critical environmental issues through a combination of coursework, field study and a directed research project
  • Study and work hands-on in rainforest management and restoration in the Australia's tropical rainforest
  • Rainforest Ecology is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • Directed Research is approved for EEB field experience or upper division elective
  • All courses are taught in English

University Study in Australia: James Cook University

  • Study at James Cook University, highly regarded for excellence in tropical research, marine science and biology, and environmental science.
  • JCU’s location in tropical northern Queensland offers proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and the outback.
  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year.
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas.
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses.

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • One of Australia’s most prestigious universities, located in the cultural capital of the country.
  • Program term:  fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year.
  • Courses available in a wide range of related subject areas including animal sciences, environmental science, ecology & evolutionary biology, and plant science.
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Study at a diverse, urban university with a reputation for excellence in the sciences, in New Zealand's largest city.
  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year.
  • Courses available in a wide range of subjects including biological sciences, ecology, environmental science, and marine science.
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses.

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the southern hemisphere, located in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island.
  • Program term:  fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year.
  • Courses available in a wide range of subjects including aquaculture & fisheries, biological anthropology, botany, ecology, environmental management, and environmental science.
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses.

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

  • Wellington is the political and cultural capital of New Zealand.
  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year.
  • Courses available in a wide range of subjects including biology, conservation biology, ecology & biodiversity, environmental science, and environmental studies.
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses.

Thailand 

MSID—International Development in Thailand

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and internship/research further enrich cultural immersion. Based in Chiang Mai but with internship options outside the city.
  • Choice of course tracks and internship or research placements have focused on such areas as sustainability and the environment and public health.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai language is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Europe

Denmark

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

  • Program term:  fall or spring semester, summer
  • Programs include Medical Practice and Policy, Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Neuroscience, and Public Health
  • Summer courses (subject to change) include HIV/AIDS in Europe: A Biometric Perspective, HIV/AIDS in Europe: Public Health Perspectives, Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach, and Introduction to Cellular Neuroscience
  • No language prerequisite

Ireland

University College Cork (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • University College Cork offers the best of traditional scholarship and cutting-edge technology in a beautiful, friendly city
  • Cork offers a wide range of courses in the biological sciences, engineering, business, humanities and social sciences
  • Internships are available in the Freshwater Ecology Laboratory, Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology, and the Faculty of Science

Norway

Exchange in Oslo 

  • Study at the University of Oslo, Norway’s largest and oldest university. Based in the vibrant capital city surrounded by fjords, lakes, and forests, this is a highly affordable program
  • Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English in the sciences, social sciences, health care management, humanities, and the environment.
  • Examples include Nature and Society, Cross-Cultural Perspective on the Environment, Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, Environmental Economics.
  • U of M students at UMB are eligible to apply for the Norwegian Centennial Travel Scholarship to defray the cost of the program.

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

  • A small university of 3000 students, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) offers the opportunity to study the sciences in an intimate setting.
  • UMB focuses specifically on biology, food, environment, land use, and natural resource management with departments of ecology and natural resource management, plant and environmental sciences and international environment and development studies
  • UMB also offers a special summer university program, which includes a field study component
  • UofM students at UMB are eligible to apply for the Norwegian Centennial Travel Scholarship to defray the cost of the program. It may also be possible for students to engage in research with transatlantic research teams of UofM and UMB faculty.

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer session
  • Semester and summer internships available
  • Internship placements may be possible within the healthcare industry
  • Past internship experiences include clinic, hospital and research settings

University of East Anglia (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • UEA has established a reputation as one of the top universities in the UK
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

University Study in the UK: Queen Mary University, University of London

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • The only option in London with a campus environment, Queen Mary offers students the opportunity to live and study with British students
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

University Study in the UK: Glasgow University

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer, academic year
  • Anatomy for Pre-Med Program: designed for US study abroad students, offered during Fall or Spring semester, and as a stand-alone summer program
  • Courses available in a wide range of science and liberal arts areas
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

Additional Options to Consider

International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholarship

  • Funding for students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project
  • Must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

 

Non-Credit Opportunities

 

  • Non-credit  opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

 

Student Experiences

Daniel in South Korea
Biochemistry junior Daniel M. spent an academic year studying at Yonsei University in South Korea where he was able to immerse himself in Korean culture and language.

Chris in Germany
Chris is a German studies and biology major who spent a year in Berlin with the Learning Abroad Center’s exchange program.

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.