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
Climate Change and the Arctic in Isafjorour (SIT) Reykjavik, Iceland
Conservation Ethics and Environmental Change in Siem Reap (SFS) Siem Reap, Cambodia
DIS: Study Abroad in Copenhagen * Copenhagen, Denmark
Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Freiburg (IES) Freiburg, Germany
Environmental Studies in Quito (IES Summer) Quito, Ecuador
Fire and Ice in Patagonia in Puerto Natales (SFS) Puerto Natales, Chile
Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (IES) Quito/Galapagos, Ecuador
Himalayan Environment and Society in Paro (SFS) Paro, Bhutan
Marine Resource Studies in Turks and Caicos (SFS) South Caicos, Turks and Caicos
People, Environment, and Climate in Patagonia and Antarctica (SIT) Ushuaia, Argentina
Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology in Cairns (SIT) Cairns, Australia
Renewable Energy, Technology, & Resource Economics in Akureyri (SIT Summer) Akureyri, Iceland
SEA Semester: Environmental Studies in Woods Hole and at Sea Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
Smithsonian Institution: Conservation Biology and Wildlife Protection Front Royal, Virginia, USA
Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Monteverde, Costa Rica (CIEE Summer) Monteverde, Costa Rica
Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation in Panam City (SIT) Panama City, Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies in Bocas del Toro (SFS) Bocas del Toro, Panama
Wildlife Management Studies in Rhotia (SFS) Rhotia, Tanzania
Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience in Kimana (SFS) Kimana, Kenya

*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.