Biology

Imagine learning about the delicate marine ecosystems of coral reefs while living on the coast of Australia, taking classes about the ecology of the rainforest and its exotic inhabitants in Costa Rica, or conducting field work in the Sahara or a national park in Kenya. Study abroad opens up opportunities around the world for biology students to get a firsthand look at ecosystems drastically different than our own as well as access to global natural resource management styles.

Biology major minor

Australia

Opportunities for Biology majors include the core classes and other hands-on classes like “Tropical Marine Ecology” in the Turks & Caicos (School for Field Studies), “Techniques for Rainforest Research in Australia” (School for Field Studies), and “Natural and Human Ecology in the Amazon” (SIT Study Abroad). Exciting internship opportunities include positions in sea turtle sanctuaries, field research with professional biologists, city environmental councils, and much more. 

Studying abroad offers biology enthusiasts a chance to cultivate a better understanding of our global ecosystem through exposure to different perspectives, terrains, and hands-on projects. Professional connections can also be forged abroad which set students apart from their peers in graduate school and their future career.

Academic Advice

  • Department input requested
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take BIO 495 Capstone abroad.
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

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 program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

South Africa

Wildlife Biology

Summer- information coming soon

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Semester or non-traditional academic year

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

Semester or non-traditional academic year

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester or academic year

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Summer or academic year

Partnership

Mexico

Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

Semester or academic year

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Semester, academic year or summer

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Semester or academic year

Partnership

France

Versailles: Artic Program

Semester

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU Programs

Coursework at University

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Affiliate

Unite Kingdom

Edge Hill University

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU

Ecuador

IES: Galapagos Islands

Semester

Non-GVSU

Isreal

Haifa International School: Past, Present and Future

Summer

Non-GVSU

Australia/
New Zealand

SFS: Rainforest Studies

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

New Zealand

University of New Hampshire: EcoQuest

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

Australia

SIT: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology

Semester

Non-GVSU

Ireland

UCC: University College Cork

Semester or academic year

Non-GVSU

Multiple

SEA Semester

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

South Korea

ISA: Konkok University

Semester or summer

Field School Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Bhutan

SFS: Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural...

Summer

Non-GVSU

Costa Rica

SFS: Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems

Summer

Non-GVSU

Ecuador

SIT: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

Semester

Non-GVSU

Madagascar

SIT: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Semester

Non-GVSU

Panama

SIT: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems...

Semester

Non-GVSU

Panama

SIT:Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation

Summer

Non-GVSU

Panama

SFS: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies

Semester

Non-GVSU

Peru

SFS: Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon

Semester

Non-GVSU

Tanzania

SFS: Techniques for Wildlife Field Research

Summer

Non-GVSU

Tanzania 
(Zanzibar)

SIT: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management

Semester

Non-GVSU

Turks & 
Caicos Islands

SFS: Marine Resource Studies (Summer & Semester)

Semester or summer

Non-GVSU

South Africa

ISA: Capetown

Semester

Non-GVSU

Turkey

ISA: University of Bacesehir, Istanbul

Semester

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

GVSU

Paris

EUSA Internship-France

Summer Internship

GVSU

Dublin

EUSA Internship-Ireland

Summer Internship

GVSU

Madrid

EUSA Internship-Spain

Summer Internship

GVSU

United Kingdom

EUSA Internship-London

Summer Internship

GVSU

Czech Republic

EUSA Internship-Prague

Summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Belize

Large Animal Veterinary Practices in the Tropics

Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internship

Semester or summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

Semester or summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Biology Internships

Semester, academic year or summer internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC Internship

Semester Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Semester or summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

Service Learning

Semester or summer Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CRCC Asia Internships

Semester Internship

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors Internships

Semester or summer Internship

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

Neil MacDonald
Biology Department
215 Henry Hall
(616) 331-2697
macdonan@gvsu.edu



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