Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS Abroad

Jen Attig leaping in the desert sand in IndiaMany ENVS students study abroad in one way or another — UVM faculty-led course, summer, semester or academic year course/program.  We hope you're able to consider going somewhere abroad.  Studying abroadoffers rich learning and life opportunities and experience. It can also be a lot of work deciding where to go, applying, lining up proper paperwork, planning the finances, assuring health and safety, and arranging proper academic credit transfer. A minimum GPA exists for external program study, and you must be in good standing at UVM to study abroad.

For more information on how to get startediAbroad, and important forms and deadlines visit the Office of International Education. Also visit the UVM Study Abroad Peer Advisors to speak with your peers about their study abroad experiences. 


Popular Programs Among ENVS Majors

in accordance with UVM's Office of International Education's (OIE) Approved Programs List

Carleton-Antioch Global EngagementAntioch image

Where: Cameroon, Europe, India, Russia
When: Fall or Spring semester
Language: Depends on program. See below.
Program Type: External Program
Specific Programs:

  • Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India: Study and meditate while living in a monastery near the site of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment. Explore Buddhism in India through interdisciplinary courses and Buddhist meditation traditions—plus a unique opportunity to conduct rigorous independent research in the field.
  • Arts and Culture in Cameroon: Cultural immersion in Cameroon through arts apprenticeships and homestays. Explore the visual and performing arts in the enriching cross-cultural learning environment of Cameroon, West Africa. Participants live and work with local artists, artisans, musicians, and dancers.
  • Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe: Delve into practical and theoretical aspects of feminist and queer theory while conducting field research in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. Since 1984, the Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe (WGSE) program has offered students a unique opportunity to explore feminist and queer theory in practice across Western and East Central Europe. Interaction with academics, politicians, activists, and homestay hosts in Utrecht, Berlin, Prague and Krakow encourages comparative approaches to independent research projects.
  • Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon: Experience life in Cameroon and engage with local and university communities, develop the fundamental cross-cultural skills needed for successful-engagement in community development projects, explore opportunities to study and practice your French language. Throughout the program, students engage in a service learning project, applying theory into practice, while pursuing their individual disciplinary interests. This program is taught in English.

Website: https://apps.carleton.edu/global-engagement/

Arava Institute for Environmental StudiesArava logo

Where: Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
When: Fall or Spring semester, or Full-Year program. See Summer course, below.
Language: Taught in English
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: Interdisciplinary environmental study in the Middle East with students from Israel and other Middle Eastern countries, US, Canada, and others; Courses in environmental ethics, policy and economics, ecology, and sustainability; Peace-building and leadership seminars; Live on a kibbutz in the Arava Desert.
Three-week summer course: "Israel and the Environment: Development Challenges in the Southern Arava"
Website: http://www.arava.org

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)CIEE photo

Where: Over 130 study abroad programs in over 40 countries
When: Fall, Spring, or Summer semester, or Full-Year
Language: Dependent on which program you choose
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: CIEE provides many opportunities to study abroad while focusing on societal and economical impacts on the environment.
• Monteverde, Costa Rica – sustainability and the environment / tropical ecology and conservation
• Perth, Australia – sustainability and the environment
• Bonaire, Bonaire – tropical marine ecology and conservation
• Khon Kaen, Thailand – development and globalization
• Stellenbosch, South Africa – Sustainability and community
• Dakar, Senegal – development studies
• Groningen, Netherlands – urban planning and society
Website: http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)DIS photo

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
When: Fall and Spring semesters, and Summer courses
Language: Taught in English
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: Faculty-led course-integrated program study tours: Students choose one "core course" and then several electives from over 150 courses offered.
Sustainability in Europe – Studies in sustainable development and its environmental, political and social issues; includes trip in Denmark or Sweden and European tour
Science and the Environment – Climate change from a historical perspective; climate change history and theory; includes study tour in Western Denmark and Greenland

Website: http://www.dis.dk

EcoQuest New Zealandecoquest photo

Location: Field station located north of Kaiaua, New Zealand, North Island
When: Fall and Spring semesters, and a shorter summer program
Language: Taught in English
Program Type: External Program;
Special Features: In Partnership with the University of New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources, the Ecoquest program in New Zealand provides an ideal context for multi-faceted field studies in ecology, and a natural laboratory of unique geology, and ecosystem diversity and island biogeography. This program is a rigorous field based program with a focus on practical skills, conceptual thinking, and an opportunity to contribute to local conservation and resource management initiatives through service learning and Directed Research Projects.

SIT's International Honors Program (IHP) - Comparative PortfolioIHP photo

Locations: Dependent on specific program (See below and check web site): All programs travel to multiple countries for a comparative study: U.S., Turkey, Tanzania, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam, Senegal, Argentina, Switzerland and China
When: Fall or Spring semester
Language: Taught in English
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: Comparative study around the world focused on unique themes in which students study in up to 4 countries in one semester. Rigorous programs that involve extensive travel and homestays.
Specific Programs:
• Beyond Globalization – full year to Tanzania, India, New Zealand, Mexico and Washington D.C.
• Cities in the 21st Century – Fall to Brazil, Vietnam and South Africa and and Washington D.C.; or Spring to Argentina, India, Senegal, and Washington D.C.
 Climate Change – Fall and Spring to Bolivia, Morocco, Vietnam, and California
• Health and Community – Fall to India, China, South Africa and Washington D.C.;  or Spring to India, Argentina, South Africa and Washington D.C.; or Spring to Brazil, South  Africa, Vietnam and Washington D.C.
• Human Rights – fall and spring to Nepal, Jordan, Chile, and USA

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Location: Over 90 programs in 32 countries
When: Fall or Spring semester
Language: Taught in English
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: Choose between the 90 different programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. Live the life of a local student with access to outstanding academic and cultural experiences. Includes integrated housing and homestays, unique field trips, and volunteer and internship opportunities!
Three specifically-environmental programs:
Freiburg Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program – Courses in environmental studies and forest ecology; field study trips and internship options
Environmental Studies Summer Program in Quito, Ecuador – Courses in environmental studies and Spanish language; field study trips
Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment Program – Program tracks include "Evolution, Ecology & Conservation," "Marine Ecology," and "People, Politics & the Environment"
Website: https://www.iesabroad.org

Round River Conservation Studies

Locations: Botswana, British Columbia, Mongolia, and Patagonia
When: Fall or Spring semesters, and Summer programs
Language: Taught in English
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: Small-group field-based, field-based interdisciplinary programs; includes field research, community partnerships, engagement with local people and a focus on conservation science.
Website: http://www.roundriver.org/

School for International Training (SIT)SIT photo

Locations: Specifically environmentally-themed programs in Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Iceland, Madagascar, Panama and Tanzania (in addition to a wide variety of other themed programs elsewhere. See below.)
When: Fall or Spring semesters, and Summer programs
Language: Programs in Spanish- and French-speaking countries are taught in Spanish and French. Other programs are taught in English. Students study the language of the country.
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: Wide range of field-based academic programs exploring one of the following critical global issues:
Arts, Media, and Social Change
Development, Urban Studies, and Entrepreneurship
Global Health
Identity and Globalization
Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity, and Environmental Policy
Post-Conflict Transformation
Social Movements, Education, and Human Rights
All programs include significant travel, a 4-5 week individually-designed research component and significant homestays.
Website: http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad

The School for Field Studies (SFS)SFS photo

Locations:  Australia (Rainforest Studies),  Bhutan (Himalayan Forests, Watershed and Rural Livelihoods),  Costa Rica (Sustainable Development Studies),  Kenya & Tanzania (Wildlife Management Studies),  Peru (Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon) Peru,  Panama (Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies, Turks & Caicos (Marine Resources Studies),  Cambodia and Vietnam (The Living Mekong),

When: Fall or Spring semesters, and Summer programs
Program Type: External Program
Special Features: Interdisciplinary field studies courses based at a field station and in-country trips; some programs include travel to adjacent countries; includes directed research component—group research project guided by a faculty member with individuals working on separate parts.
Website: http://www.fieldstudies.org

UVM Short-Term Travel Programs

Locations: a wide variety of courses and countries
When: winter, spring, and fall (traveling in January)

UVM Semester Program:
Prosperity and Biodiversity in the Tropics: Challenges of Sustainability in Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica
When: Spring semester only
Program Type: UVM semester program

A new UVM-run program open to all UVM students, the Costa Rica Semester Abroad program integrates academic content across the biological and social sciences with the real world challenges and opportunities faced by a newly-developed Latin American country with unparalleled biodiversity. The program begins with three weeks of travel around Costa Rica as you learn the foundations of sustainable development. The remainder of the program (12 weeks) will be based on the Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica’s southwest Pacific coast. Named one of the “most biologically intense places on earth” by National Geographic magazine, the tiny Osa Peninsula – just a little larger than Chittenden County, Vermont  – is home to a startling 2.5% of the earth’s biodiversity. Course topics for the final 12 weeks include rural development in a global context, ecosystem management and sustainability, and tropical ecology. Field-based labs and community-identified service learning projects are integral to this portion of the program.  Course instruction is in English.

For ENVS study abroad advising, contact: 

Elizabeth (Ibit) Wright:
UVM Environmental Program Student Services Coordinator
Call Cathy Trivieres, 656-4055, for appointments. Or, in summer contact Ibit directly.

Note: A variety of both domestic U.S. and international credit-bearing programs are not listed on the OIE Approved Programs List. For more information on these programs please refer to the OIES or contact Ibit Wright with questions.