Environmental and Sustainability Studies

There are hundreds of opportunities to intern throughout the developing world with a focus on environmental and sustainability 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 and Sustainability Studies Study Abroad Programs

Environmental

Norway

Academic Advice

  • ENS majors might consider taking courses abroad that contribute to their Focus Area, expand Technical Skills, or fulfill Triple Bottom Line Overview requirements. ENS faculty encourages ENS majors and 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 students are strongly encouraged to take ENS 201 and 401 at GVSU, and to meet with their faculty advisors while planning their study abroad so that we can assist you in thinking through how your program can meet various degree requirements.
  • Students may take courses that satisfy some requirements in Environmental and Sustainability Studies for the General Education program. Be sure to begin planning at least six months in advance.
  • Students do not need to speak a foreign language in order to study in a country where English is not the official language.
  • An internship abroad will not only give students experience and insights into their specific field of interest, but will help them develop desirable cross-cultural skills and competency.
  • 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 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 programs options listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Ghana

Ghana Honors

   

 

Faculty-led

Ukraine

Anthropology

   

 

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

 

 

Partnership

Japan

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)

   

 

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

 

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

   

External Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

External

Australia

Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

   

External

Brazil

USAC: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

External

Ecuador

IES: Galapagos Islands

   

External

Ecuador, Peru

Carpe Diem: South America

   

External

France

CEA: French Riviera

   

External

Germany

IES: Freiburg

   

External

Ireland

CIS: University of Limerick

   

External

New Zealand

University of New Hampshire: EcoQuest

 

External

Thailand

ISA: Mahidol University

 

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill

 

External

United Kingdom

USAC: University of Brighton

 

External

Vietnam

IPSL: Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA) in Vietnam

 

External

Greece

IPSL: COSA in Greece

 

External

Guatemala

IPSL: COSA in Guatemala

 

External

Peru

IPSL: COSA in Peru

 

Field School Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

External

Australia, New Zealand

USAC: Hawke's Bay

   

External

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

AIFS: Galapagos Islands

   

External

Ecuador, Peru

Carpe Diem:South America

   

External

Iceland

Panrimo: Environmental Engineering in Iceland

   

Affiliate

Japan

JCMU: Environmental Sciences in Japan

   

External

Multiple Destinations

The School for Field Studies (SFS)

 

External

Spain

Natural Resource Economics Summer in Madrid

   

External

South Africa

CEA: Port Elizabeth

   

External

United Kingdom

USAC: University of Brighton

 

*Before browsing through the internships listed below ALL students should click this link to get an overview of the process!

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution

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

Amy McFarland
mcfarla1@gvsu.edu
167 Lake Michigan Hall