Photo by Laura Zuelch

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.

Study Abroad

Rubenstein students have studied in countries from A-Z — Argentina to Zimbabwe, that is.

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 Professional Advisor Ryan Buckley (  Aiken 219).

NOTE: If you intend to utilize credit obtained from courses taken at institutions or programs outside of UVM to satisfy requirements for your RSENR major, it is imperative that you meet with your advisor well in advance and ensure - in writing - that credits you intend to transfer back to UVM will in fact meet specific major requirements in your program. Note that you may not substitute a course taken at another institution or program for a major or RSENR core course requirement without first having an approved waiver from the appropriate curriculum committee. Please see Ryan Buckley ( Aiken 219) or your advisor if you have any questions about these requirements.

RSENR students frequently participate in the following study abroad programs:


Travel Courses

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.

Students on bridge in Costa Rica

Costa Rica - A full semester faculty-led study abroad explores community-based sustainable development in Costa Rican communities, given the rise of nature based travel to this destination, and engages 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.

Spring semester study abroad in Costa Rica. 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." — Professor Walt Kuentzel, co-instructor

Students in Texas

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

Students in Ecuador

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.

Students in Florida

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

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 at UVM.

Rubenstein School Faculty-Led Semester Abroad in Costa Rica

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