Off-Campus Study | Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources | The University of Vermont(title)

The Rubenstein School encourages travel experiences for students and provides many opportunities to learn beyond campus.

Study Abroad

Rubenstein School students have studied in countries from A-Z (Argentina to Zimbabwe). Studying abroad offers rich learning opportunities that allow students to grow personally and professionally. Many Rubenstein School students travel abroad through a UVM faculty-led course or a summer- or semester-long program. Some students use their study abroad to complete their concentration requirements and take advantage of the opportunity to immerse themselves in courses and experiences related to their specific disciplinary interests.

For semester or year-long study abroad opportunities, students should start by visiting the UVM Office of International Education (OIE) to learn about the available programs.

Common Study Abroad Programs

Academic Planning for Study Abroad

If you intend to utilize credit obtained from courses taken at institutions or programs outside of UVM to satisfy requirements for your Rubenstein School major, you must meet with your advisor well in advance and ensure - in writing - that the credits you intend to transfer back to UVM will meet specific major requirements in your program. 

You may not substitute a course taken at another institution or program for a major or Rubenstein School core course requirement without first having an approved waiver from the appropriate curriculum committee. Contact or your academic advisor with questions about these requirements.

Study Abroad Process

The Rubenstein School study abroad process is designed to be as efficient as possible for students, faculty, and advisors. Please follow the steps outlined in the flowchart linked below to ensure the correct forms are completed and submitted. 

*The academic planning form is a required document. If you are undecided on which program you'll be applying to, you can still submit the form to receive assistance with your curricular plan.

Travel Courses

During academic breaks, summer sessions, or entire semesters, students can take intensive Rubenstein School travel courses for credit to study a variety of environments.

*Our spring break travel courses are not available every spring semester; check the Schedule of Courses for currently available courses. 

UVM students explore the Costa Rican Dry forest at the Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve.

Costa Rica

A faculty-led semester abroad in Costa Rica focuses on sustainable development in communities impacted by increasing nature-based tourism. Students engage in service-learning projects in remote areas like Osa Peninsula, renowned for its biodiversity, and Corcovado National Park.

UVM Field Studies in Costa Rica
Students walking along a grassy shoreline holding binoculars and photography equipment


During spring break, students travel to Florida to study its major ecosystems and associated wildlife, ranging from north Florida Flatwoods to south Florida Everglades.*

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Jessica Cole

Professional Academic Advisor