Natural Resource Management

"In the era of the Anthropocene, gaining international perspectives on natural resource management strategies is an invaluable component of a holistic education. The Norwegian model for sustainability is realized on all levels, from national policies for sustainable development to household recycling and compost programs. Resources are not just protected for their utility, but truly enjoyed by all, with outdoor recreation being a key part of the national identity. My trip to Norway allowed me to see first-hand that better solutions exist for mitigating global climate change, and energized me to work towards implementation of better practices here in the states. As Aristotle said,

Natural Resource Management Study Abroad Programs

Internships

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Potet

Natural Resource Management students can reap huge benefits through studying abroad by gaining hands on experience with different environments throughout the world. Abroad, students will learn to care for the land and water resources in a different setting and be better prepared to serve a multitude of people whose well-being depends on these services. Imagine studying deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil, studying the effects of climate change in China, or examining environmental pollution through a Costa Rican perspective. Step out into the world, rev up your resume, and earn academic credit by studying abroad!

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

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.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS

Location

Program

Available Courses

Ecuador

Ecology and Conservation Biology

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

BIO 417: Tropical Field Biology (3 credits) AND

NRM 407: Natural Resources and Society (3 credits)

*Independent study credits are offered. 

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills both General Education Issues requirements. Reflection required.

South Africa

South Africa Biology

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

NRM 407: Natural Resources and Society (3 credits)

BIO 417: International Field Biology (3 credits)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills entire General Education Issues requirement. Reflection required.

SEMESTER AND ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAMS

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Program Type

Courses

Australia

Macquarie University

Partnership

Available Courses

Australia

University of Sunshine Coast

Partnership

Available Courses

France

Université de Versailles

Partnership

Available Courses

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Partnership

Available Courses

Turkey

Middle East Techinical University

Partnership

Available Courses

United Kingdom

Kingston

Partnership

Available Courses

Kenya

KEI: United States International University

External

Available Courses

Nicaragua

IPSL: Guatemala - Ecology, Culture, & Justice

External

Available Courses

South Africa

USAC: Stellenbosch

External

Available Courses

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Location

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Program Type

Courses

Nicaragua

IPSL: Guatemala - Ecology, Culture, & Justice

External

Available Courses

New Zealand

University of New Hampshire: EcoQuest

External

Available Courses

Multiple Destinations

National Outdoor Leadership School

External

Available Courses

*Note: This is not an exhaustive list. If you cannot find a suitable program among these, there are other options available to you as well. Come in for a walk-in advising session, and our peer advisers can help you find a program that fits your needs!

INTERNSHIPS

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

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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Academic Advice

  • Students may take courses that satisfy some requirements in Natural Resource Management or the General Education program. Be sure to begin planning at least six months in advance.
  • 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 should be working with their faculty mentor to plan and make appropriate course selections for study abroad.
  • 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.


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Explore more scholarship opportunities through our scholarship page

Department Contact

Alexandra Locher

2200j Kindschi Hall of Science

lochera@gvsu.edu

 

 

"In framing an ideal we may assume what we wish, but should avoid impossibilities." "

-Austin VanDyke, University of Oslo, Norway, Fall 2017