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.

Coursework at University

Field School Programs

Internships

 

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 “Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation in Panama” (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 External 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 External options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Ecuador

Biology in Ecuador

   

 

Faculty-Led

South Africa

South Africa Biology

   

 

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

   

Partnership

France

Université Catholique de l'Ouest

 

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

   

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

 

 

Partnership

Mexico

Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

   

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

   

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

External Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

 

External

Italy

Athena: Lorenzo de' Medici 

 

External

Ecuador

IES: Galapagos Islands

   

External

Australia/
New Zealand

SFS: Rainforest Studies

 

External

Panama

SIT: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

   

External

Multiple

SEA Semester

 

External

South Korea

ISA: Korea University

 

Field School Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Summer

External

Bhutan

SFS: Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural...

 

External

Costa Rica

SFS: Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems

 

External

Panama

SIT: Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific & Caribbean

 

External

Peru

SFS: Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon

 

External

Tanzania

SFS: Techniques for Wildlife Field Research

 

External

Turks & 
Caicos Islands

SFS: Marine Resource Studies (Summer & Semester)

External

South Africa

ISA: Capetown

 

Internship

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

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. 

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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

Joseph Jacquot
3305 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science
jacquotj@gvsu.edu