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Study Abroad Programs with Geology

Before I went abroad I felt that I had learnt a lot about different aspects of geology but I hadn't been able to see it in a larger context. After my field work, I can see how all of these different parts fit together in a practical sense.

Allison Vance '16, University of St. Andrews, Spring 2015

Programs

NEW:  Sustainability in Asia:  Interdisciplinary studies at Beloit College with 3-week field studies in China (2017, 2019) and Japan (2018, 2020).

Australia - James Cook University, Townsville and Cairns (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.8 GPA, 1 college year of study; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.
  • Housing: Dormitory or off-campus apartments. Students living on campus have the option to purchase meal plan or cook for themselves. 
  • Details: Study with local students; many courses have a field-trip component for hands-on experience; university research facilities include island, rainforest and outback field stations. Potential courses here.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

Australia – Macquarie University, Sydney  (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.
  • Housing: Dormitory or off-campus apartments.
  • Details: Study with local students; many courses in Geology within the division of Environmental and Life Sciences; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available. Courses can be found here
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

Costa Rica – ACM: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities  (P)

  • Semesters: Spring.
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Prereqs: Junior or senior with coursework in the proposed research discipline. Equivalent of 2 years of college Spanish preferred, enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before departure; background in field methods recommended.
  • Housing: Host family, other housing possible during field-work.
  • Details: Study with Americans in Spanish; limited curriculum, student plan a month-long research project in discipline of choice during the semester, present a project paper; open to all majors.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Ecuador - USFQ Galápagos Islands, Ecuador (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, Spanish required for host family and volunteering.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in Spanish, 2 years of college Spanish; at least one course in biology and ecology or evolution for the “Evolution” and “Marine” options; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended.
  • Housing: Host families in Quito and in San Cristobal.
  • Details: Orientation in Quito; excursions; choice of three options of study: 1) Evolution, Ecology and Conservation in the Galápagos, 2) People, Politics and the Environment in the Galapágos, 3) Marine Ecology; study with program students only; limited curriculum: 5 three-week modular courses, optional course in digital photography; few options for volunteering.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

New Zealand – University of Canterbury, Christchurch (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, junior or senior standing, prior coursework in geology.
  • Housing: University assists students find accommodation: dormitory with meal plan options, flats off-campus, host family. 
  • Details: Courses include core courses at the 200 level, advanced courses at the 300 level, field studies, field station. See course descriptions for prerequisites.  Some course information here
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

New Zealand – University of Otago, Dunedin (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, junior or senior standing; previous coursework in your field and relative to the understanding of New Zealand.
  • Housing: Students live in the University Flats with a Kiwi host. Details here.
  • Details: Study with local and international students in a medium sized university, the first in New Zealand; wide range of courses/papers offered in the Arts and Sciences many with a New Zealand flavor: Maori studies, environmental science, geology of New Zealand, located in a vibrant city center.  Course information here.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

Norway – From Mountain to Fjord, Sogn og Fjordane University College, Sogndal   (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Junior or senior standing, previous study of earth, environmental or life sciences, recommendation from department (See Geology department and Laura Parmentier, Chemistry).
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Study geology and ecology of western Norway with local and international students; three module courses:  Geological Processes (bedrock geology), Ecological and Surface Processes (glacial geology, vegetation ecology, limnology) and Fjord Processes (fjord hydrography, fjord biology, fjord sedimentology); field-work in environments from alpine to marine; excursions. Norwegian language course possible in fall.  
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

Tanzania – ACM: Ecology & Human Origins (P)

  • Semesters: Fall.
  • Language: English, 1 month intensive Kiswahili.
  • Prereqs: Junior or senior standing with coursework in natural or social sciences, background in field methods recommended. 
  • Housing: Dormitory, tent camps in the field, 1 month with host family in Dar es Salaam.
  • Details: Study with Americans; limited curriculum; methods course and student designed field project in Tarangire National Park or the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Endulen village, Laetoli) students provide some camping gear, required inoculations.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

The Netherlands - ACM: Amsterdam. Sciences, Global Health, and Interdisciplinary Studies at VU Amsterdam (P)

  • Semesters: Fall.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Junior or senior standing with course work related to the VU minor in which the applicant will take courses. 
  • Housing: Dormitories on the student campus.
  • Details: Required 3-credit course on Discover the Dutch:  Dutch language and culture. Four 3-credit, 7 week courses selected from a VU (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) minor taught in English. Optional 3-credit Independent Study Project supervised by the ACM faculty director.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: TBD.

United Kingdom– University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, previous study in your field, coursework relative to the understanding of Scotland.
  • Housing: University assists students find housing in dormitory or student flats.
  • Details: University has switched to a semester system; study with local and international students, wide variety of first and second year courses available, third year courses possible in major with background; classes for study abroad students in: arts, biomedical and life sciences, information and mathematical sciences, business and social sciences, physical sciences; lectures and tutorials. Course information here.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom - University of St. Andrews, Scotland  (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.2 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory, information here.
  • Details: Study with local and international students in a wide array of Earth Science classes. Course information here
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United States - ACM: Oak Ridge Science Semester, Oak Ridge, TN (P)

  • Semesters: Fall.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in the major; senior standing preferred, juniors considered; major in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics or social sciences.
  • Housing: Shared single bedroom apartment.
  • Details: Program focus on national and global energy and environmental issues; students earn academic credit for research in ongoing investigations guided by a mentor; interdisciplinary seminar course, advanced course options; guest speakers, departmental colloquia.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

United States - Semester in Environmental Science, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA* (P)

  • Semesters: Fall.
  • Prereqs: 1 year college chemistry, biology, calculus.
  • Housing: Dormitory, 20-meal plan.
  • Details: Study of ecological systems in the laboratory and in the field; 2 core courses covering aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, 1 elective, independent research project; students report findings at a symposium; distinguished scientist seminar; science writing seminar.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

* Exceeds the cap on tuition transfer for off campus study ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Key

  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses:

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider:  airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 09/2016