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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 the campus and the state of Vermont.

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 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.

RSENR students frequently participate in the following study abroad programs:


Travel Courses

During academica breaks and summer sessions, students can 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 >>


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.

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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