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Making Global Connections

The Rubenstein School encourages intensive field courses and study abroad 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, that is. Studying abroad offers rich learning opportunities and experiences that allow students to grow both personally and professionally. Many Rubenstein School students study abroad through a UVM faculty-led course or a summer or semester abroad 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 that may not be available at UVM.

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 advice on studying abroad, contact Jessica Cole (

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 contact or your academic advisor if you have any questions about these requirements.

Rubenstein School 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.

Common Study Abroad Programs for Rubenstein School Students


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.

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 >>

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.*

*Course is not available every spring semester; check the Schedule of Courses for current available courses. 

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.*

*Course is not available every spring semester; check the Schedule of Courses for current available courses.