Picture yourself in Costa Rica learning about the environment and conservation in the tropics. Manage an environmental education project with the Kenyan Wildlife Service. Learn how Scandinavian countries approach natural resource management. Study environmental restoration in Thailand.
Study Abroad Process
This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.
Review the following suggestions from the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology program before beginning your study abroad research.
How do I select a study abroad program?
- More than 250 programs in 70 countries are available to University of Minnesota students. The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and CFANS have worked closely with the Learning Abroad Center to select some programs that fit particularly well for Fisheries and Wildlife students. Consider your academic interests, your geographic interests, and your academic goals. Talk with your academic adviser; work with a Learning Abroad Center program selection adviser. You’ll find a program that fits your goals.
How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?
- Liberal education credits can easily be fulfilled abroad. All universities that qualify for study abroad offer courses that can fulfill requirements. The Learning Abroad Center has worked with the Office of Admissions to pre-approve many courses. See the U Credit Abroad Search.
Having a conversation with your academic advisers prior to studying abroad will help you make a more informed decision about which courses to take while you are overseas and provide you with a record of the decisions made. Your academic adviser may be able to point out additional considerations for you that are specific to your major, minor, or college of enrollment. Being aware of how your study abroad coursework can potentially fulfill your requirements can help you complete degree requirements more efficiently and quickly, helping you graduate on time.
Work with your academic adviser to fill out the Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form.
Africa and the Middle East
University of Ghana (available through CIEE Ghana)
- Coursework available in environmental studies, wildlife and park management, marine biology, freshwater zoology, conservation biology, experimental zoology, oceanography, and more
MSID—International Development in Ecuador
- 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
CIEE Costa Rica—Ecology of the Rainforest
- Study at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica
- Courses include: Tropical Diversity, Tropical Community Ecology, Independent Study in Biology, Spanish (all levels), and Humans in the Tropics
Asia and Oceania
University Study in Australia: James Cook University
- JCU’s tropical location near the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and outback is an ideal location to study
- JCU has long been respected as a world leader in tropical environmental study
- Coursework available in areas such as tropical rainforest ecology, hydrology, marine ecology, and environmental assessment
University of Tasmania (available through IFSA Australia)
- The University of Tasmania is located in one of the world’s most interesting ecosystems
- The university is known for academic areas related to the natural environment including those related to its unique flora and fauna
- The university has a program in Natural Environment and Wilderness Management that is multidisciplinary
University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne
- Study at the University of Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading universities
- Classes are available focusing on Australia flora and fauna, ecology, sustainable environmental development, parks & recreation management and more
- Field study is an integral part of environmental subjects
Nord-Trøndelag College (CFANS)
- Study wildlife, fisheries, energy resources, recreation, and environmental geography
- Many field excursions that exemplify elements of resource management are part of the program
Trinity College (available through Arcadia Ireland)
- Trinity College is one of Europe’s oldest universities
- Trinity College maintains close links with the Marine Fisheries Research Center, National Parks and Wildlife Service, National Museum, Salmon Research Agency, and Zoological Society of Ireland
Additional Options to Consider
Many other options are available through CFANS
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.
Nick H. Studies Environmental Geography in China
Nick's year long experience in China helped him to decide on an Environmental Geography major.
Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.