Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand

University of Canterbury

Approved by: Earth & Planetary Sciences department

The Geology of New Zealand Programme (Geology) begins with a five-week field camp, which includes a series of interlinked modules that explore the stratigraphy, mountain building, and tectonics of the South Island, and the volcanology and geothermal geology of the North Island. Following field-camp, students transition to a campus semester at the University of Canterbury located in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. While at the University of Canterbury, students enroll in four courses, one of which is a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp.

Frontiers Abroad: New Zealand Earth Systems

at the University of Canterbury or the University of Auckland

Approved by: Earth & Planetary Sciences department

Frontiers Abroad is, first and foremost, an educational concept that offers U.S. study abroad students an unparalleled academic experience in New Zealand. The concept of ‘longitudinal learning’ linking a pre-semester field programme with directed semester courses is offered in very few study abroad programmes around the world. Before classes begin at the university, the five-week field camp begins on the beaches and coral reefs of Rarotonga (Cook Islands) studying marine and coastal ecology. The programme then transitions to mainland New Zealand to study geothermal energy, kaitiakitanga, and learn environmental field techniques (water sampling, Ground Penetrating Radar, VibraCore). Earth Systems students can choose to attend the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury, where they enroll in four courses, one of which is a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp.

Kenya Semester Program with St. Lawrence University

Approved by: African & African-American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, History, International & Area Studies, Political Science, Swahili, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies departments

For over 40 years St. Lawrence has operated the Kenya Semester Program, making it one of the longest running U.S. study abroad programs on the African continent. Based out of our SLU owned and operated campus in the suburbs of Nairobi, the Kenya program is rooted in this deep tradition and is committed to providing students with a unique study abroad experience. We believe the best way to learn about Kenya is through cultural immersion and experiential learning. As a result, students supplement formal course work and language study in Kenya’s bustling capital city with rural and urban homestays, three additional field components and a month-long independent study where students examine East Africa’s diverse social and cultural landscape.

Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica

Summer Tropical Biology

Approved by: Biology and Environmental Studies departments

The program will visit a large diversity of forests and ecosystems, ranging from classic lowland tropical rain forest to the endangered tropical dry forests to chilly montane oak forests and paramo. Most of our time will be devoted to the three field stations owned and operated by OTS: Las Cruces, Palo Verde, and La Selva.

Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica

Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet

Approved by: Biology and Environmental Studies departments

15-week undergraduate semester abroad program emphasizes the scientific, intercultural, and social aspects of global health, tropical medicine, public health, ethnobiology, and research topics in these subjects. Instruction focuses on the internationally-recognized OTS method of field-based, hands-on learning. Lectures, readings from primary literature, and discussions are also integral components of the program and provide the conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, and interpreting field observations and research. This semester-long program will take place for the most part at two of the Biological Stations of the OTS, Las Cruces and La Selva, located in different life zones of Costa Rica; as well as in clinical settings and primary care facilities (EBAIS) within Costa Rica’s social security system, in both the urban and rural areas (including Indian Reservations). In addition, students will visit different research facilities, museums, national parks, marketplaces, agricultural farms, and other facilities.

Organization for Tropical Studies in South Africa

Ecology and Conservation

Approved by: Biology and Environmental Studies departments

This program consists of lectures, skill workshops, fieldwork, and visits to selected natural and historic sites of interest throughout South Africa. Students interact and learn from academics from local and international universities, conservation managers and other expert practitioners. Students work with their professors to design research projects that will contribute meaningful scientific data to issues faced by managers in the South African National Parks. Students will spend three-nights in a homestay at a rural community and provides important socio-economic context for the ecology courses.

SIT Study Abroad Australia

Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology

Approved by: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, International and Area Studies departments

Examine the ecological and cultural patterns, processes, and dynamics of Australia’s two most diverse environments – the Wet Tropics Bioregion and the Great Barrier Reef. This program explores the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of far North Queensland and the relationship of traditional and contemporary human cultures with the environment. Students interact with scientists and local experts from organizations such as the Lizard Island Research Station and the Wet Tropics Management Authority to gain a firsthand understanding of ongoing conservation efforts in an exceptionally diverse environment.

SIT Study Abroad Australia

Sustainability and Environmental Action

Approved by: Environmental Studies and International and Area Studies departments

The SIT Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action study abroad program is designed to empower students to make a positive contribution towards making our societies more sustainable. Students are not only given the knowledge needed to make informed judgments about environmental issues; they are inspired to believe that they can make a difference and are motivated to take action to address environmental problems. The emphasis on environmental management is what distinguishes this program from other SIT environmental programs that place more emphasis on natural ecology.  The program is also characterized by the use of extensive field excursions and workshops as methods of teaching.

SIT Study Abroad China

Health, Environment, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Approved by: Anthropology and International and Area Studies departments

Study the role of indigenous knowledge in health preservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development in China. Health-related indigenous knowledge is articulated in history, religion, environmental stewardship and other practices such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and ethnic minority healing systems. On excursion to minority areas, you’ll see the distinct cultural, consumption, and generational shifts that have accompanied unprecedented economic and environmental change in recent decades.

SIT Study Abroad Ecuador

Comparative Ecology and Conservation

Approved by: Environmental Studies and International and Area Studies departments

Explore tropical ecosystems and the complexities of human adaptations to different environments in Ecuador’s four distinct ecological regions.This country is home to more than 1,500 species of birds and 10 percent of the world’s known vascular plant species. Interactions with community members and local stakeholders who are grappling with conservation strategies within the context of heightened political, economic, and social pressures provide valuable context.The program base is historic Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Educational excursions take students to the high sierras of the Andes, the epiphyte-rich cloud forest, the rugged snow-line páramo, and the vast rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A guided, weeklong visit to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands provides access to plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth.

SIT Study Abroad Madagascar

Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Approved by: Environmental Studies and International and Area Studies departments

This program offers classroom and field-based instruction in natural and social scientific methods to encourage students to analyze environmental issues in an array of ecosystems — including rainforest, dry spiny thicket, alpine and transitional forest, savannah, gallery and littoral forest, mangrove, and coral reef — and within multiple economic, socio-political, and cultural contexts.

Major topics of study include: Ethnobotany, Marine studies, Lemur ecology, Biodiversity in Madagascar, Environmental challenges and conservation and development strategies in Madagascar, Human pressures — including mining and economic development, deforestation and land use, and ecotourism — placed on the country’s ecosystems.

SIT Study Abroad Panama

Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

Approved by: Environmental Studies and International and Area Studies departments

Study tropical ecology in one of the world’s most diverse ecological countries, and explore the critical environmental and social issues affecting its conservation. This program provides students with an immersive opportunity to study in one of the world’s most diverse ecological environments. Topics of study include tropical forest ecology; marine and wetland ecology; mammal and bird conservation; indigenous resource use; and the human-natural resource interface. Students have seven weeks of field study, and study at world-renowned research institutions including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and EARTH University.


SIT Study Abroad Tanzania

Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

Approved by: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and International and Area Studies departments

Develop insight into the delicate balance between socioeconomic goals and ecological concerns in the vast wilderness expanses of Tanzania. Home to Serengeti National Park–the site of the largest wildlife migration on earth–Tanzania features tropical, temperate, and alpine forests. Ngorongoro Crater, a 12-mile-wide extinct volcano, is one of the wonders of the natural world. Within these disparate ecosystems, issues of population growth, land use, and tourism development are in tense juxtaposition with wildlife conservation efforts.

SIT Study Abroad Tanzania

Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management

Approved by: Environmental Studies and International and Area Studies departments

In the SIT Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management study abroad program, students examine coastal ecology and natural resource management in one of the most remarkable areas of the world: Zanzibar and the islands of the Western Indian Ocean. The region’s geographic location and distinct ecological conditions allow students to study specific environmental topics, including tropical forest management and coral reef conservation, in a unique context. Through thematic coursework and direct field experience students are exposed to multiple sources of knowledge in order to better understand the dual imperatives of economic growth and environmental protection.

University of Queensland

Approved by: Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Children’s Studies, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Physics, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments

With beautiful sandstone buildings, parklands, and lakes, UQ is known as Australia’s most attractive campus, which is only 7 kilometers from central Brisbane. It is bound by the Brisbane River on three sides and provides the perfect study, research, and living environment. Participants are encouraged to take at least one course that includes field work for which WU will cover the additional fee for travel and housing.