Making Global Connections: The Rubenstein School consistently looks beyond the campus to the state of Vermont, the nation, and the world. The School has long encouraged intensive field courses and study abroad for students and provides many opportunities for students to learn outside the campus and thoughout Vermont, the United States, and internationally. Opportunities to study off-campus include:
Rubenstein students have studied in countries from A-Z—Argentina to Zimbabwe, that is.
Faculty-Led Programs Abroad
Whether you want to travel for a week or the entire semester, during breaks or in the summer, explore these faculty-led programs.
For semester or year long study abroad opportunities, students should initially visit the UVM Office of International Education (OIE) to learn about the great variety of study abroad programs. For additional advisement on study abroad, contact Anna Smiles-Becker in Aiken 220G.
RSENR students frequently participate in the following study abroad programs:
- University of Western Australia at Perth (PDF)
- EcoQuest New Zealand
- School for International Training
- Operation Wallacea
- School for Field Studies
- Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
- Round River Convservation Studies
- Wild Rockies Field Intstitute (mostly U.S. based programs)
During January and March breaks and summer sessions, many students take intensive Rubenstein School travel courses for credit throughout the United States and all over the world to study a variety of environmental issues. Faculty have led courses to the Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Florida, Ireland, Israel, Tanzania, Texas.
View a list of UVM's faculty led programs abroad.
Costa Rica - Courses during winter and spring breaks explore community-based sustainable development in Costa Rican communities, given the rise of nature based travel to this destination, and engage students in service-learning projects in remote communities. Students travel to Osa Peninsula, one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet and home to Corcovado National Park. Learn more >>
"I'm trying to get students to look in a way that they've never looked before — to see much more than a tourist ever will." — Associate Professor Walt Kuentzel, co-instructor
Texas - During spring break, students spend 10 days traveling, camping, and experiencing the major ecosystems and associated wildlife of south Texas, including the Gulf coast, coastal prairies, lower Rio Grande Valley, and the Chihuahuan desert in WFB 177 Texas Wildlife Field Trip.
"We saw many species of wildlife, including over 180 species of birds alone. It was an amazing educational experience and helped me to solidify my belonging in the wildlife field."
— Course participant
Ecuador - A winter break course provides hands-on exploration of the unique biodiversity found in the tropical Andes and the Galapagos Islands. Students contemplate ideas of how this great diversity came to be and learn about current conservation efforts. In a spring break course, students learn from the incredible social dynamism of Ecuador through volunteer work, community home-stays, and talks with political activists, students, campesino and indigenous organizations, and rural agrarian people who are the backbone of Ecuadorian and global society.
Florida - During spring recess, students travel to Florida to study its major ecosystems and associated wildlife, ranging from north Florida flatwoods to south Florida Everglades in WFB 176 Florida Ecology Field Trip.
"My goal is to have students experience as many ecosystems as possible that are far different from those we find in Vermont."
— Associate Professor Allan Strong, instructor
International Curriculum Courses
In addition to travel and field courses, there are also many Rubenstein School courses that cover international issues in their curriculum. The undergraduate courses are 0-299 level and the graduate courses are the 300 level.
ENSC 130/NR 130 - Global Environmental Assessment: Assessment of human impacts on the global environment. Hands-on application of satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems to address key environmental issues.
ENVS 001 - Intro to Environmental Studies: Survey of environmental studies examining ecological, socioeconomic, aesthetic, and technological influences determining quality of life on earth.
ENVS 002 - International Environmental Studies: A multidisciplinary analysis of the interaction of global and local variables in understanding and solving pervasive environmental problems.
ENVS 180 - Radical Environmentalism: Survey of radical environmental philosophy and activism from a liberation ethics perspective. Includes deep ecology, ecofeminism, environmental justice, and ecological resistance movements around the world.
ENVS 182 - Religion and Ecology: Exploration of the greening of major world religious traditions in both practice and philosophy. Includes institutional, activist, and lifestyle initiatives in ecological spirituality.
ENVS 289 - Environmental Economics: Application of economic theory and methods to environmental problems and policies. Includes cost-benefit analysis and economic incentives as tools for environmental problem solving.
ENVS 293 - Environmental Law: Principles of environmental law, including legal research methods, threshold issues, case law, trial procedure, and international comparisons in aspects of air, land, and water law.
NR 002 - Nature & Culture: Introduction to natural resources and the environment from a social/cultural perspective. Emphasis on environmental history, values, and ethics with application to natural resource and environmental policy.
NR 103 - Ecology, Ecosystems & Environment: Major ecological concepts and their application. Analysis of form, structure, and function of organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes.
NR 104 - Social Processes & the Environment: Social science theories and their application to environmental issues. Analysis of issues using theories of government, economics, and social movements. Emphasis on integrating frameworks to analyze environmental issues.
NR 105 - Environmental Problem Analysis: Examination of interdisciplinary dimensions of natural resource and environmental problems. Emphasis on social and ecological aspects of environmental issues and interdisciplinary teamwork.
NR 107 - The Environment & Human Health: Interdisciplinary understanding of the effects of anthropogenic factors including pollution, reduced biodiversity, climate change, overpopulation, and resource depletion on the health of natural systems and human populations.
NR 205 - Ecosystem Management: Integrating Science, Society & Policy: Integration of natural and social science into ecosystem management and policy. Consideration of ecosystem integrity, ecosystem degradation, human needs and values, and the application of management principles within a holistic context.
NR 224 - Conservation Biology: Conservation of biological diversity at genetic, species, ecosystem, and landscape levels. Emphasis on genetic diversity, population viability, endangered species, critical habitats, international implications.
NR 262 - International Problems in Natural Resource Management: Discussion of problems associated with the management of natural resources which have international implications. Topics may include deforestation, desertification, fisheries, wildlife, refuges, fuelwood, pollution.
NR 354 - Seminar: Environmental Policy & Management: Seminar examining contemporary environmental policy at local, state, national, and international levels; policy formulation, implementation and design relative to current environmental problems.
NR 361 - Politics: Landscape, Place, & Nature: Seminar exploring the social and political construction of nature, emphasizing how natural resources and environment are defined through social relationships in particular landscapes and places.
RM 230 - Ecotourism: Study of nature-based travel emphasizing international destinations. Examination of ecotourism as a tool for preservation and economic development.
WFB 279 - Marine Ecology: Structure and function of major marine communities, including open ocean, benthos, coral reefs, and estuaries. Emphasis on unique ecological insights gained in the marine environment.
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