Study Abroad (International) or Off-Campus (Domestic) Programs

There are a multitude of international study abroad or domestic off-campus options available for those interested in Environmental Studies (ES). Programs that have been particularly popular with our students include the School for International Training (SIT), Denmark's International Study Program and various programs in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

All of our ES majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Here are a few useful links to begin your search for some eye-opening experiences in a location far away from Bloomington, Illinois. Visit IWU's International Office for more information on a variety of programs, in addition to transfer of credits, financial aid and other concerns. 


International Programs

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies offers a semester and year-long program on Middle Eastern environmental issues, peacebuilding and leadership skills, and a summer program on Israel and the environment. The seven-month Kibbutz Lotan program provides a study and work experience from a Jewish perspective on sustainable development.

Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad offers semester and summer programs in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and several European countries on topics such as environmental management, ecology, environmental policy and more.

Australearn offers semester and summer programs in Australia and New Zealand focusing on biology, ecosystems, environmental science and environmental management.

Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability is actively involved in protecting biodiversity and ecosystems. There are a variety of unique programs that promote human well-being through the management, preservation, and restoration of biodiversity and the services our ecosystems provide.

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) offers semester and summer programs on environmental health and science, environmental studies, ecology and political science in 33 countries worldwide.

Denmark's International Study Program (DIS) offers semester programs in Marine & Environmental Biology.

Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University offers a wide range of environmentally-themed semester and summer programs in Latin America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) offers semester and summer programs in the natural sciences in Australia, Europe, Latin America and Japan.

International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership (IPSL) offers semester programs in the Galapagos Islands with an emphasis on combining study and volunteer service. Students may choose a biology or social science focus.

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) offers semester programs exploring the culture and ecology of Thailand, with an emphasis on experiential learning.

Japan Center for Michigan Universities offers a spring semester program on environmental sciences in Japan that includes study of Japanese language and culture, field trips and internship opportunities.

La Suerte and Ometepe Biological Field Stations offer short-term field courses on various topics in ecology in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

The School for Field Studies (SFS) offers semester and summer programs in Kenya, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Australia and Costa Rica focusing on sustainable development, wildlife management, coastal diversity, marine resource management, rainforest studies and others, with a focus on experiential learning.

School for International Training (SIT) offers a variety of environmental semester and summer programs in Australia, Botswana, Belize, Brazil, Ecuador, Iceland, Madagascar, the Mekong Delta, Panama and Tanzania. SIT stresses direct field experience in ecology, biodiversity studies, conservation and natural resource management in the cultural context of each location.


Domestic Programs

The Sea Education Association's SEA Semester offers an interdisciplinary oceanography program that combines the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and public policy. The program includes two 6-week components in Woods Hole, MA and either the Atlantic, Atlantic/Carribbean or Pacific.

Semester at Sea offers study abroad trips to various places around the world. Students take classes on board the ship and examine global crisis issues--the environment, population, foreign policy relationships, economics--in the context of the nations they visit.

University of Montana's Center for Ethics provides an opportunity for scholars, students and professionals to gather in Missoula, MT to discuss and reflect on environmental issues and ethics. The institute consists of two courses and an evening lecture series and runs various times throughout the summer.

The Urban Studies Program, held in Chicago, offers students an experience-based study of urban issues and social justice. Students are placed in internships throughout the city, many of which are environmentally-focused.

The Washington Semester Program offers courses in environmental politics and sustainable development in Washington, D.C., along with optional study abroad components and internship placements in federal agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers several summer and semester-long research and study opportunities in marine biology and oceanography in Cape Cod, MA.