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

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)                

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)

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)

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)                                                   

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  (D)                             

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)                      

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 hereNon-tuition Educational Expenses: higher.

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

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)                                                  

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)

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)                                      

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 dormiotry 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)

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)                              

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)

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: 9/2016