Environmental Studies

As an Environmental Studies major, you can:

  • Explore a variety of courses that can count towards your major or minor as core requirements, related courses, and electives.
  • Participate in an internship, field experience, or research abroad to satisfy your internship or research requirement and gain real-world experience.

Students should meet with their academic advisor and discuss which semester might be best for them to go abroad. Environmental Studies students should consider when they would complete their Capstone Research Project and factor this into their plans for participating in an Education Abroad program. Flexibility regarding what courses Environmental Studies students may be able to take abroad and in what term they can go may vary depending on their chosen plan of study.

When planning an experience abroad, be sure to keep in mind your electives, any extra credits you may be able to use to your advantage, as well as current and upcoming terms in your course of study. For students who have a strict course sequence to follow each semester, a summer or winter program might be a good option.

How will #UConnChangeYourWorld

These programs are recommended based on your academic interests but students can explore additional approved program options via the Program Search.

Faculty Led:

Summer Field Ecology in South Africa
Limpopo Province, South Africa
The courses provide an overview of the ecological systems in southern Africa, their management and related conservation issues, with emphasis on the ecosystems and landscapes of the region, and are taught by UConn faculty who accompany the students to South Africa. The students are exposed to a variety of activities in ecology and natural resources management while in the field in South Africa.

Summer Global One Health in Ireland: Irish and US Perspectives
Dublin, Ireland
This program consists of a one week travel component in New England followed by a two week travel component in Ireland. Students learn more about the One Health concept and the interactions between animal, human, and environmental health, and how it is embraced in the two countries.

Winter Geoscience and Geohazards in Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan
This program is targeted towards students interested in mixing field-based geologic mapping with an introduction to Chinese culture and history. Students will be outdoors hiking and collecting data most of time while in Taiwan.

Winter Geoscience Field Course in the Bahamas
San Salvador, Bahamas
This program is designed to immerse students in field-based, experiential learning on topics ranging from climate change, carbonate depositional systems, reef ecology, hurricanes, geoarchaeology, karst and cave formation, coastal geomorphology and sustainability. Typical field exercises include creating dune profiles, coring lake sediments, exploring caves and interpreting their formation, constructing stratgraphic columns and describing rock units, assessing reef health, and constructing a sustainability model for the island.

Exchange:

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, England
This program offers approved courses in Economics, Natural Resources and the Environment, and Political Science. Courses are offered in many natural science fields on this program.

University of Wollongong
Wollongong, Australia
This program offers approved courses in Geoscience, Natural Resources and the Environment, Philosophy, and Sociology. Courses are offered in many natural science fields on this program.

Affiliated:

OTS: African Field Ecology and Conservation in South Africa
Skukuza, South Africa
On this program, students can earn 12 credits of either Evolutionary Ecology and Biology or Natural Resources and the Environment credit. Students spend the majority of the semester in Kruger National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and the oldest national park in South Africa. By designing research projects with their professors, students contribute meaningful scientific data to issues faced by managers in South African National Parks.

Finances are an integral part of the program selection and planning process. Research scholarships early to meet application deadlines and request feedback on essays from advisors and the Writing Center.

McMahon Family Endowment for Global Education

Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship

College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources Scholarships

To learn more about these scholarships and to discover other opportunities, navigate to our scholarships page.

Students are encouraged to gather information through advising and participating in Education Abroad events:

Education Abroad Calendar
Learn about upcoming information sessions and events.

Education Abroad  Advisor
Schedule an appointment.

Environmental Studies Department

Schedule an appointment with your advisor. 

Financial Aid for Education Abroad
Learn how to use your financial aid.

Academic

As an Environmental Studies major, you can:

  • Explore a variety of courses that can count towards your major or minor as core requirements, related courses, and electives.
  • Participate in an internship, field experience, or research abroad to satisfy your internship or research requirement and gain real-world experience.

Students should meet with their academic advisor and discuss which semester might be best for them to go abroad. Environmental Studies students should consider when they would complete their Capstone Research Project and factor this into their plans for participating in an Education Abroad program. Flexibility regarding what courses Environmental Studies students may be able to take abroad and in what term they can go may vary depending on their chosen plan of study.

When planning an experience abroad, be sure to keep in mind your electives, any extra credits you may be able to use to your advantage, as well as current and upcoming terms in your course of study. For students who have a strict course sequence to follow each semester, a summer or winter program might be a good option.

How will #UConnChangeYourWorld

Programs

These programs are recommended based on your academic interests but students can explore additional approved program options via the Program Search.

Faculty Led:

Summer Field Ecology in South Africa
Limpopo Province, South Africa
The courses provide an overview of the ecological systems in southern Africa, their management and related conservation issues, with emphasis on the ecosystems and landscapes of the region, and are taught by UConn faculty who accompany the students to South Africa. The students are exposed to a variety of activities in ecology and natural resources management while in the field in South Africa.

Summer Global One Health in Ireland: Irish and US Perspectives
Dublin, Ireland
This program consists of a one week travel component in New England followed by a two week travel component in Ireland. Students learn more about the One Health concept and the interactions between animal, human, and environmental health, and how it is embraced in the two countries.

Winter Geoscience and Geohazards in Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan
This program is targeted towards students interested in mixing field-based geologic mapping with an introduction to Chinese culture and history. Students will be outdoors hiking and collecting data most of time while in Taiwan.

Winter Geoscience Field Course in the Bahamas
San Salvador, Bahamas
This program is designed to immerse students in field-based, experiential learning on topics ranging from climate change, carbonate depositional systems, reef ecology, hurricanes, geoarchaeology, karst and cave formation, coastal geomorphology and sustainability. Typical field exercises include creating dune profiles, coring lake sediments, exploring caves and interpreting their formation, constructing stratgraphic columns and describing rock units, assessing reef health, and constructing a sustainability model for the island.

Exchange:

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, England
This program offers approved courses in Economics, Natural Resources and the Environment, and Political Science. Courses are offered in many natural science fields on this program.

University of Wollongong
Wollongong, Australia
This program offers approved courses in Geoscience, Natural Resources and the Environment, Philosophy, and Sociology. Courses are offered in many natural science fields on this program.

Affiliated:

OTS: African Field Ecology and Conservation in South Africa
Skukuza, South Africa
On this program, students can earn 12 credits of either Evolutionary Ecology and Biology or Natural Resources and the Environment credit. Students spend the majority of the semester in Kruger National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and the oldest national park in South Africa. By designing research projects with their professors, students contribute meaningful scientific data to issues faced by managers in South African National Parks.

Finances

Finances are an integral part of the program selection and planning process. Research scholarships early to meet application deadlines and request feedback on essays from advisors and the Writing Center.

McMahon Family Endowment for Global Education

Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship

College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources Scholarships

To learn more about these scholarships and to discover other opportunities, navigate to our scholarships page.

Resources & Contacts

Students are encouraged to gather information through advising and participating in Education Abroad events:

Education Abroad Calendar
Learn about upcoming information sessions and events.

Education Abroad  Advisor
Schedule an appointment.

Environmental Studies Department

Schedule an appointment with your advisor. 

Financial Aid for Education Abroad
Learn how to use your financial aid.

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