Environmental Studies: Applied Learning Experience

All Environmental Studies majors and minors must complete an Applied Learning Experience. One (of three) options to complete the Applied Learning Experience is through a pre-approved study abroad program. Learn more about the Applied Learning Experience options here.

Studying abroad is enthusiastically supported by the faculty in Environmental Studies as a way to broaden perspectives on environmental issues and provide understanding in an ecological context. Students wishing to complete the Applied Learning Experience by going abroad can do so by participating in one of the pre-approved study abroad programs. Programs with a strong environmental focus, tight integration, fieldwork, and major study projects will typically fill the requirement (e.g., most SFS and many SIT programs). In general, programs that consist of several unrelated classroom-based courses will not be approved.

Below is the full list of pre-approved study abroad programs:

Program Location
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
CIEE/ Summer Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Monteverde Monteverde, Costa Rica
DIS/ Copenhagen: Environmental Science of the Arctic track * Copenhagen, Denmark
DIS/ Copenhagen: Sustainability track * Copenhagen, Denmark
IES/ Galapagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS Quito/Galapagos, Ecuador
IES/ Summer Quito Environmental Studies Program Quito, Ecuador
SFS/ Australia: Rainforest to Reef Yungaburra, Australia
SFS/ Bhutan: Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition Paro, Bhutan
SFS/ Cambodia: Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change Siem Reap, Cambodia
SFS/ Chile: Fire and Ice in Patagonia Puerto Natales, Chile
SFS/ Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies Atenas, Costa Rica
SFS/ Panama: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies Bocas del Toro, Panama
SFS/ Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies Rhotia, Tanzania
SFS/ Turks and Caicos: Marine Resource Management South Caicos, Turks and Caicos
SIT/ Argentina: People, Environment, and Climate Change in Patagonia and Antarctica Ushuaia, Argentina
SIT/ Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology Cairns, Australia
SIT/ Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action Byron Bay, Australia
SIT/ Iceland: Climate Change and the Arctic Reykjavik, Iceland
SIT/ Iceland: Summer Renewable Energy, Technology & Resource Economics Akureyri, Iceland
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Front Royal, Virginia, USA
Woods Hole/ SEA Semester Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA

*Students participating in the DIS Copenhagen programs can fulfill the Applied Learning Experience for the Environmental Studies program if they participate in either the Environmental Science of the Arctic program or the Sustainability program. Students should plan on enrolling in a DIS 'core course' in one of these programs and complement that course with a minimum of 2 of the related environmental electives in that program.