Environmental and Sustainability Studies Abroad

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 Programs

Internships

Academic Advice

Scholarships

Department Contact

Resources for Advisors

HTM

Program Suggestions

The programs highlighted on this page are a good fit for students in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Faculty-Led Programs

Location

Program 

Available Courses

Ghana

Ghana Honors

HNR 281: Ghanaian Life & Culture (3 credits to social science) AND

HNR 399: Independent Study: Service-Learning (3 credits to junior seminar) OR HNR 499: Senior Project (3 credits)

*Non-Honors students will fulfill Global Perspectives and may fulfill 1 Issues or 1 Social Behavioral Science course for HNR 281

Ukraine

Anthropology

ANT 340: Culture and Environment (3 credits) AND/OR

ANT 308: Field Experience Abroad (3 or 6 credits)

This experience counts toward the field requirement in the Anthropology major and the Archaeology minor. Independent study credits are available.

*Fulfills Global Perspectives and 1 Issues requirement

Semester and Academic Year Programs

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Program Type

Courses

Australia

Macquarie University

Partnership

Available Courses

Ecuador

IES: Galapagos Islands

External

Available Courses

Germany

IES: Freiburg

External

Available Courses

Japan

International Christian University

Partnership

Available Courses

Japan

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)

Partnership

Available Courses

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Partnership

Available Courses

Thailand

ISA: Mahidol University

External

Available Courses

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Partnership

Available Courses

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

Partnership

Available Courses

Summer Programs

Location

Program

Program Type

Courses

Australian

TEAN: Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

External

Available Courses

Spain

CIEE: Spanish Language and Liberal Arts

External

Available Courses

Varies (Peru, Vietnam, etc.)

IPSL: Service Learning

External

Available Courses

Internships

Gain real-world experience globally and build your international network by participating in an ENS internship abroad. 

Internships Abroad

Internships


Explore Other Program Options

There are other program options available. Schedule a study abroad advising appointment to learn more or browse our other program options:

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Other Opportunities


Academic Advice

  • The earliest you can go abroad is the summer of your first year.
  • Students may fulfill General Education Foundation and Issues requirements abroad
  • Students taking at least 3 credits abroad will fulfill their Global Perspectives requirement
  • Students must take ENS 201 and ENS 401 at GVSU.
  • 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 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.

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please visit our Course Approval page. 

Once you have selected a program, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss your plans.

Academic Advice


Scholarship Opportunities

 Shelby Fazio '13 Memorial Scholarship

Explore more scholarship opportunities through our scholarship page 

Scholarships


Department Contact

Amy McFarland

167 Lake Michigan Hall

mcfarla1@gvsu.edu