Environmental Studies

There are hundreds of opportunities to intern throughout the developing world with a focus on environmental studies and resource management or ecology. Maybe you want to work on water supply and sanitation in Ghana; restoration ecology in Ecuador and Peru; in Brazil with rainforest conservation; or with an NGO on sustainable energy in China, Thailand or India. In our globalizing world, the challenges of developing countries are those of the developed as well.

Environmental

Norway

Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or those looking to focus solely on an internship, have many options. Customized internships are available in a few locations through GVSU internships, as well as other programs such as ELAP and World Endeavors

Academic Advice

  • ENS faculty encourages ENS minors to participate in programs that include field work and community engagement. Internships, independent research, volunteering, as well as student involvement in faculty-led research are also encouraged.
  • ENS minors are encouraged (required?) to take ENS 201 and 401 at GVSU.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students must take ENS 201 and ENS 401 at GVSU.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill general education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the programs options listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

Haiti

Water- Environmental and Service-Learning

Summer

Faculty-Led

Ghana

Ghana Honors

Summer

Faculty-led

Ukraine

Anthropology

Summer 

Faculty-Led

Netherlands

Cultural Geographies and Landscape Planning

Summer

Faculty-Led

New Zealand

Ecovillages

Summer

Faculty-Led

Ecuador

Ecology & Conservation Biology

Summer

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Semester, Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

Semester, Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

France

Université de Versailles

Semester

Partnership

Ghana

University Cape Coast

Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Summer, Academic Year

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Brazil

Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy in the Amazon

Summer

Non-GVSU

Brazil

USAC: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

China

Where Be the Dragons: Yangtze river

Summer

Non-GVSU

Ecuador

IES: Galapagos Islands

Semester

Non-GVSU

Ecuador, Peru

Carpe Diem:South America

Summer

Non-GVSU

Germany

IES: Freiburg

Semester

Non-GVSU

India

Northeastern University: Climate Change Science & Policy

Summer

Non-GVSU

Ireland

CIS: University of Limerick

Semester

Non-GVSU

New Zealand

CIS: Victoria University of Wellington

Semester

Non-GVSU

New Zealand

University of New Hampshire: EcoQuest

Semester, summer

Non-GVSU

Nicaragua

Environment and Natural Resource Management Program

Summer

Affiliate

Russia

SRAS Siberian Studies

Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Thailand

ISA: Mahidol University

Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Thailand

ISDSI: People, ecology and development

Semester

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill

Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

USAC: University of Brighton

Semester, Academic Year

Field School Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Affiliate

Japan

JCMU: Environmental Sciences in Japan

Summer

Non-GVSU

Australia

SIT: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology

Semester

Non-GVSU

Australia

SIT: Sustainability and Environmental Action

Semester

Non-GVSU

Australia, New Zealand

SFS: Rainforest Studies

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Australia, New Zealand

USAC: Hawke's Bay

Summer

Non-GVSU

Belize

Climate, Conservation & Communication: Multimedia Reporting

Summer

Non-GVSU

Bhutan

SFS: Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition

Semester

Non-GVSU

Bhutan

SFS: Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods

Summer

Non-GVSU

Cambodia, Vietnam

SFS: The Living Mekong - Environmental Ethics and Conservation

Semester

Non-GVSU

Costa Rica

SFS: Sustainable Development Studies

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

National Outdoor Leadership School

Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Ecuador

SIT: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

Semester

Non-GVSU

Spain

Natural Resource Economics Summer in Madrid

Summer

Non-GVSU

Iceland

SIT: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics

Summer

Non-GVSU

Iceland

Panrimo: Environmental Engineering in Iceland

Summer

Non-GVSU

Tanzania

SFS: Wildlife Management Studies and Public Health

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Madagascar

SIT: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Semester

Non-GVSU

Mongolia

SIT: Geopolitics and the Environment

Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

SIT: Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy

Semester

Non-GVSU

Nepal

SIT: Geoscience in the Himalaya

Summer

Non-GVSU

Panama

SIT: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

Semester

Non-GVSU

Panama

SFS: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies

Semester

Non-GVSU

Peru

SFS: Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon

Semester

Non-GVSU

Tanzania (Zanzibar)

SIT: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management

Semester

Non-GVSU

Tanzania

SIT: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

Semester

Non-GVSU

Turks & Caicos Islands 

SFS: Marine Resource Studies

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

AIFS: Galapagos Islands

Summer

Non-GVSU

China

Where Be the Dragons: Yangtze river

Summer

Non-GVSU

Ecuador, Peru

Carpe Diem:South America

Summer

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

USAC: University of Brighton

Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Thailand

ISDSI: People, ecology and development

Semester

Non-GVSU

South Africa

CEA: Port Elizabeth

Summer

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

China

CRCC Asia Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CISabroad Internships

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

IGS Internships

Varies

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors Internships

Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Summer, Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC Study-Internships

Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Service-Learning

Summer, Semester

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

Browse More Programs

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Kelly Parker
B-3-200 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3257
parkerk@gvsu.edu



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