When you choose to study abroad, you make the conscious decision to become a global citizen. For many students, sustainability is an important part of their journey. Your study abroad can expose you to resources and people around the world who are making impactful strides in sustainability. And there are even opportunities to make a difference in your study abroad location so that you leave a positive impact on your host country.
On this page you’ll find a variety of resources including programs, courses, past student experiences, and opportunities for environmentally-conscious students.
Several countries in the world are recognized for their sustainability efforts. In fact, the following USAC programs are on the list of the most sustainable countries in the world, and there are plenty of other destinations making large strides to safeguard the environment.
Throughout many USAC programs, you can take a variety of courses related to sustainability and the environment. It’s always best to check our website for the most up-to-date course offerings, but here is a sample of past and current classes.
Nearly every USAC program offers the opportunity to participate in field trips and field studies.
Field Studies are field trip courses where you can earn one-credit while deepening your academic experience by completing additional academic requirements, keeping a journal, and engaging in discussions of the sites visited to better understand their historical and cultural contexts. A field study course counts as part of your credit load.
At USAC we have 45 field study options available throughout our 53 programs which you can see a full list of USAC field studies here. But here is a sampling of field studies available to students that can help fuel your love and knowledge for the environment.
Ghanaian Culture & Natural Resources Field Study
Visit Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city and home of the Ashanti Kingdom. Highlights include the Manhyia Palace Museum, the Cultural Center, and studios of the brass makers, potters, batik makers, and drum carvers. You will have the opportunity to weave the traditional cloth of the Ashanti people or to stamp print a kente stole. You’ll also visit Mole National Park for an encounter with West Africa’s big game: elephants, antelopes, waterbucks, warthogs, baboons, monkeys, and more.
Minas Gerais Field Study
This five-day tour will take you to the colonial heart of Brazil. You will be met at the airport in Belo Horizonte at the start of the Spring semester. There you will visit the beautiful historical towns of Ouro Preto, Congonhas, Tiradentes, and surrounding areas. Ouro Preto and Congonhas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites which feature colorful Baroque architecture dating back to their mining booms in the eighteenth century, set in a stunning backdrop of rolling hills. The tour will also include a visit to the fascinating ecological park and contemporary art center, Inhotim, which exhibits a variety of Brazilian and international modern art in a gorgeous natural setting.
Heredia & Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Introduction to Conservation Biology Field Study
This field study offers you the opportunity to have direct contact with tropical organisms, the ecosystems in which these organisms are, as well as apply concepts seen during the Introduction to Tropical Ecology course.
A one-day trip and an overnight trip will be programmed. The trips involve mostly hiking for considerable time, so proper outfit and disposition are required.
Viticulture Field Study
Visit local wineries to learn about the viticulture process from how they handle the natural resources and the impact of the industry on the environment, to producing the wine and selling the product. Enrollment in an agribusiness or viticulture course is required to register for this optional field study.
Puntarenas & San Ramon, Costa Rica
Tropical Marine Biology Field Study
This field study course consists of three field trips to different habitats. (One day field trip and two overnight field trips). The objectives of these visits are to better understand the topics covered in the lectures such as: General Oceanography, Tropical Oceans, Coral Reefs, Mangrove Ecosystems, Grass Bed Ecosystems, Invertebrates and Tropical Marine Conservation.
Northern Chile Field Study
The tour itinerary includes excursions to the village of San Pedro, near the Atacama salt flats and the Andes mountains, as well as the oasis towns of Toconao, Camar, and Socaire; visits to the archaeological museum and sites of the native Atacama culture, with its Inca and Spanish influences; guided excursions to the magnificent national parks of Moon Valley, Flamingo Lagoons in the Atacama salt flats, and the Andean Antiplain Lakes; a night astronomical session in the Atacama Desert; an exploration of the protected ecological area of the Cactus Valley; and a refreshing visit to the Puritama thermal baths.
*This is not an all-encompassing list! Use our program search tool on our website to find a complete list of places you can study sustainability and environmental studies.
There’s no better way to learn about the opportunities through study abroad than from those who have gone before you. From volunteers and internships to field studies and individual opportunities, here are a few of the ways that past students have created sustainable experiences for themselves during study abroad.
When you choose to study abroad, you make the conscious decision to become a global citizen. As a global citizen, it’s important to leave a positive impact on the locations you travel to and respect the environment no matter where in the world you are.
Read the full article here: https://blog.usac.edu/8-tips-for-being-sustainable-while-abroad/
If you’re worried about climate change, don’t count out study abroad. Just understand how you can take your study abroad opportunity and passion for climate change on the same journey with these tips.
Read the full article here: https://blog.usac.edu/being-aware-of-climate-change-during-study-abroad/