Although I had just nearly five months abroad, I got a clearer picture of where I want to be in the future than I have in the past two and a half years in school at home.

Rachel Skoza ‘13, Direct Enrollment: James Cook University, Australia, Spring 2012


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Australia - James Cook University, Townsville                        

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English. 

Prereqs: One college year of study, 2.8 gpa; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On-campus residence halls/off-campus apartments; students provide own meals.

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. 


Australia – ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney   

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

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. 


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


Language: Spanish.

Prereqs: Jr. or Sr with coursework in the proposed research discipline. The 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.   


Ecuador - USFQ Galápagos Islands, Ecuador                                                         

Fall, spring

Language: Courses in English, Spanish required for host family and volunteering.

Prereqs: 2 years of college Spanish, 3.0 cumulative gpa and gpa in 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.


Iceland - ISEP: University of Iceland


New Zealand – University of Canterbury                                    

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, junior or senior standing, prior coursework in geology

Housing: University assists students find accommodation: on-campus residences in shared rooms 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.   


New Zealand – University of Otago, Dunedin                           

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs:  Junior or senior standing, 3.0 gpa, previous coursework in your field and relative to the understanding of New Zealand.

Housing: University assists students with accommodation options, ranging from residence halls with meal plans to student flats where students provide own meals.

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.   


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


Language: English, Norwegian language course possible in fall

Prereqs: Junior or senior standing, previous study of earth, environmental or life sciences, recommendation from department.  (See Geology department and Laura Parmentier, Chemistry)

Housing: shared rooms, students provide own meals

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.   


Tanzania – ACM: Ecology & Human Origins                                                      


Language: Courses taught in English, 1 month intensive Kiswahili.

Prereqs: Junior or senior standing with coursework in natural or social sciences, background in field methods recommended.

Housing: University dormitories, 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.   


United Kingdom– University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland                                            

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 halls of residence or student flats, students provide own meals.

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, some art classes available in the Glasgow School of Art; some year-long classes not open to spring semester students; study with local and international students.

United Kingdom - ISEP: University of Plymouth

Language: English

Housing: Students are offered the full range of housing, including residence halls, shared student houses, or home-stays with families. A stipend is provided to purchase or prepare meals

Description: Extensive courses in foundational and advanced geology and applied geology, incorporating the natural landscapes of coastal England.  Interdisciplinary connections between geology and earth science, ocean science and other fields are encouraged.

Domestic Programs

ACM – Oak Ridge Science Semester, Oak Ridge, TN                                      


Prereqs: 3.0 cumulative gpa and in the major; senior standing preferred, juniors considered; major in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics or social sciences.

Housing: Shared single bedroom apartment; students provide own meals.

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.   


Semester in Environmental Science, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA*       


Prereqs: 1 yr. 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.   


* Exceeds the cap on tuition transfer off campus


Last Updated: 9/2013