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Learning Abroad in Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management

“Participating in study abroad helps you develop a global perspective on environmental issues, prepares you to envision scientific solutions to environmental problems throughout the world, and provides opportunities for future international work. It will help you become a true global citizen.”
—Len Ferrington, Professor, Department of Entomology
Co-Coordinator, Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management Major

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management program before beginning your study abroad research.

How do I select a study abroad program?

How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?

When should I study abroad?

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

May Term, Summer Session or Winter Break

Minor in International Agriculture

What do I do after I have selected a program?

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Americas

Costa Rica

CIEE Costa Rica

  • Study at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica
  • Courses available in Tropical Diversity, Tropical Community Ecology and Humans in the Tropics
  • Combination of classroom-based learning and extensive hands-on experience and experiments

School for Field Studies

  • Study tropical ecology, economics, and develop a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges related to natural resource management
  • Learn professional level research skills
  • Work with local Costa Rican park rangers, farmers, and top environmental officials to understand the challenges of maintaining the biodiversity of the country

Sustainable of Its Peoples, Lands & Waters

  • Winter Break
  • Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Peru

Machu Picchu and the Amazon: Climate Change in the City of the Gods

  • May Session
  • Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Turks & Caicos

School for Field Studies

  • Participate in field research techniques that will impact SAouth Caicos' resource management and habitat conservation.
  • Take a hands-on approach to learning about marine ecology and coastal ecosystems

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Australian National University (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • ANU is one of Australia’s most distinguished universities
  • ANU’s School of Resource Management and Environmental Science offers a great diversity of course offerings ranging from biodiversity conservation to environmental politics and policies to wildlife and habitat management

School for Field Studies

  • Study rainforest management and restoration in tropical Queensland
  • Learn field research techniques that have important implications for climate change, land use, restoration and more

University of Adelaide (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • The University of Adelaide is a center of academic excellence in South Australia
  • Adelaide is a particularly interesting place to study environmental science because it is surrounded by outback, the Flinders Mountain Range, and the Pacific Ocean
  • Take classes from throughout the university including extensive offerings in environmental science such as natural resource management, environmental management, and tropical environments

University Study in Australia: James Cook University

  • James Cook University provides an ideal location to study environmental science because of its tropical location near the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and outback
  • JCU is a respected world leader in tropical environmental study
  • Coursework available in areas such as tropical rainforest ecology, hydrology, marine ecology, and environmental assessment

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Study at the University of Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading universities
  • Classes are available focusing on Australian flora and fauna, ecology, sustainable environmental development, biogeography, parks and recreation management, environmental management systems, environmental economics, and much more
  • Field study is an integral part of environmental subjects, allowing you to practice techniques and learn more about the Australian environment

University of Tasmania (available through IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • The University of Tasmania is located in one of the world’s most interesting ecosystems with nearly 30 percent of its terrain designated World Heritage area or national parks
  • The university’s program in Natural Environment and Wilderness Management is multidisciplinary and examines issues related to ecosystems and the management of natural areas

University of Western Australia (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • The University of Western Australia is one of the country’s leading universities with an international reputation for excellence
  • Enroll in classes throughout the university including those in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Wide variety of subjects in environmental science such as hydrology, environmental geoscience, and land and water management

University of Queensland (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • The University of Queensland’s tropical location provides the opportunity to study environmental science in a very different climate from Minnesota
  • The University of Queensland is highly regarded in environmental science, with a particular emphasis on field studies
  • Study topics such as arid zone ecology, marine botany, and coral reef ecology

Bhutan

School for Field Studies

  • Conduct research on forest biodiversity, conservation, and sustainable development
  • Experience Bhutanese culture through field visits and program excursions

Japan

Exchange in Japan - Nagoya University
  • Sample course offering areas, taught in English include:  agricultural science, chemistry, economics, environmental studies, international development, information science, law, math, and medicine 
  • Japanese language courses available - beginning to advanced
  • Independent research in the student's major field of study is available during the second semester 
  • No previous Japanese language study required 
  • Academic year program

New Zealand

Massey University (available through IFSA-Butler New Zealand)

  • Study at Massey University, New Zealand’s largest university located in the country’s second largest inland city
  • Choose from any course offered by the university including a wide variety of environmental science classes available through their Institute of Natural Resources including soil and water resources, ecology, and conservation and environmental planning

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Thailand 

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • 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.
  • 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

Study Abroad in Denmark – Sustainability in Europe

  • This program consists of coursework, field study, and study tours taught in English that take an interdisciplinary approach through historical, political, managerial, ecological and biological views of environmental and resource issues from a European perspective.

Study Abroad in Denmark - Environment Science of the Arctic

  •  Study climate change and climate history by using Copenhagen as your classroom. This program includes a week-long study tour to Greenland or Iceland. 

France

Sustainable Food Systems

  • May Term
  • Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Germany

IES Berlin

  • Take courses in areas such as German language and literature, business and economics, and history
  • Enroll in regular university classes at Humboldt University in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and geography
  • An extensive range of internships in many fields is available

Renewable Energy: Policy & Development

  • Explore the field of renewable energies, energy policy,
  • Based at the University of Bonn, with courses taught in cooperation with the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Study in Dublin, Ireland’s friendly capital city with a full and varied cultural and intellectual life
  • Trinity College is one of Europe’s oldest universities
  • Trinity’s Natural Resource Development Center maintains close links with the Marine Fisheries Research Center, National parks and Wildlife Service, National Museum, Salmon Research Agency, and Zoological Society of Ireland

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Study in Limerick, located in western Ireland on the banks of the Shannon River
  • The University of Limerick is known for its innovation and excellence in the sciences
  • The University has extensive course offerings in environmental science including environmental management, conservation ecology, and geoscience

Norway

Nord-Trondelag College (CFANS)

  • Explore the connection between management decisions and the sociological and geographical implications
  • Study wildlife, fisheries, energy resources, and environmental geography
  • Field excursions are a major component of this program
  • Offered every other May Term

The Natural History of Norway (CFANS)

  • May Session
  • Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences 

Spain

Arcadia Spain– Environmental Studies

  • Study Spanish language, take a core course on Meditteranean Civilizations, and choose from a variety of electives including renewable energies, ecosystems of the region, climatology and meteorology, sustainable development and environmental policy in Spain and the EU
  • Spain in general, and Granada in particular, are interesting places to study environmental issues and renewable energy

Switzerland

Swiss Mountain Agriculture

  • May Session
  • Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

United Kingdom

University Study in the UK: Lancaster University

  • Lancaster University is one of the UK’s leading universities and is located in the Lake District
  • Choose from a wide variety of classes from Lancaster’s Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences in areas such as hydrological processes, environmental management, and environmental assessment

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

  • UEA has one of the largest and most distinguished departments of environmental science in the UK
  • Choose from extensive course offerings in areas such as environmental risk management, ecology, hydrology, and energy resources and conservation

University of Stirling (available through Arcadia UK)

  • Stirling is located amongst loch, woodlands, and the Ochil Hills, making it an interesting place for studying the environment
  • Take classes on environmental policy, environmental change, and conservation issues

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler UK)

  • The University of Leeds is one of Britain’s largest universities and has an international reputation for excellence
  • The School of the Environment offers a wide variety of courses and is home to three research centers: the Institute for Atmospheric Science; the Environmental Geochemistry Group; and the Leeds Institute for Environmental Science and Management

University of Wales (available through Arcadia UK)

  • Study in Bangor, located between the Menai Straits and the foot of the Snowdonia National Park
  • Choose from a wide variety of classes in ecosystems and communities, evolutionary ecology, natural resource assessment, applied statistics, wildlife conservation, climate change, environmental and land resource economics, and more

Additional Options to Consider

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study.
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe.

Student Experiences

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