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Notable Programs for ES Students Wishing to Go Abroad
Environmental Studies majors are in a special situation when it comes to studying abroad. Their primary goal is to study the natural history and ecological relationships as well as environmental problems of the area. For this reason, the requirement to have taken three semesters of the country's language before the semester abroad is waived when the student attends selected Environmental Studies-recommended programs. For most ES approved programs in non-English speaking countries, students should complete a class in the language of the country. In special circumstances, however, if a particular student is required to take a full load of natural science and environmental studies courses while abroad, the Environmental Studies Program in consultation with OCS may permit her/him to omit the language class.
All classes to be credited toward the major must be pre-approved by the chair of the program or OCS liaison of the program. Any subsequent changes to the approved courses must also be pre-approved. ES Majors may transfer a maximum of 8 credit hours for a semester of off-campus study, or 12 credit hours in total from non-Colby programs, including credits transferred from other institutions, toward their major requirements.
Below is a list of many of the popular programs that meet program requirements as well as the interests of past ES students.
International Field Programs
School for Field Studies
-Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies (Panama)
School for International Training offers dozens of opportunities around the world to study
-Rainforest, Reef and Cultural Ecology (Australia)
-Sustainability and Environmental Action (Australia)
-Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology (Brazil)
-Public Health, Race and Human Rights (Brazil)
-Comparative Ecology and Conservation (Ecuador)
-Sustainable Development and Social Change (India)
-Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (Madagascar)
-Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation (Panama)
-Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology (Tanzania)
-Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management (Tanzania and Zanzibar)
-Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (Iceland)
-Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (Summer)
FMI visit: http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/8453.cfm
Read about one of our students SIT experiences in Tanzania
Round River Conservation Studies
As a research and education based organization they emphasize the importance of each to achieve their conservation goals; and therefore, see the student programs and research efforts as complements of one another. Students take four classes while there, but also immerse themselves in a research program. Their programs are located in: the Namibian Desert, Bostwana-Linyyanti, Patagonia, British Columbia (Taku River - First Nation), and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
International Honors Program
International Honors Program run through SIT:
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), in partnership with Duke University, offers semester and summer programs for undergraduate students interested in field biology. The Costa Rica Semester and Summer Programs utilize the three OTS field stations as well as other Costa Rican sites, allowing direct study of a wide range of tropical ecosystems and habitats. The South Africa Semester Program is based at the world-renowned Kruger National Park, allowing direct study of African savanna ecosystems. All of the Undergraduate Offerings feature the OTS method of field-based, experiential learning under close the guidance of highly qualified professors. Graduates of an OTS undergraduate program will be well prepared for advanced studies in tropical biology and resource management.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Costa Rica
Offering summer and semester programs for Agriculture & Agroecology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, Field or Independent Study, Literature, Culture, Spanish, & Tropical Biology. This is an excellent program, particularly for those wanting to spend some time studying the ecology of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. There is also a one month home stay during the latter part of the semester when students are working on research projects. The program is based in Monteverde (a cloud forest area), but extensive field trips are taken to other areas of Costa Rica as well.
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
-People, Ecology and Development (Thailand)
-Sustainable Architecture and Design in Southeast Asia: Villages, Empires, and Cities
Changing Oceans: Colby at Bigelow Laboratory
Semester of Environmental Science at Woods Hole
Williams-Mystic combines academic excellence and the learning environment of Mystic Seaport. Students study the past, present, and future of the earth's oceans by participating in four courses, a museum skills class, a Pacific Coast caravan, a trip to Nantucket Island, and a deep water offshore voyage.
Read about one of our students experiences at Williams-Mystic.
Semester in Washington, D.C.
Colby students from a variety of disciplines including ES have the opportunity to study and intern in Washington,D.C. for a semester and should contact the Office of Off-Campus Study for more information.
Summer Field Programs
School for Field Studies
Organization for Tropical Studies offers several summer programs in Costa Rica, with focuses in ethnobiology, research experiences, and field tropical biology. Each program, run through OTS's La Selva Biological Station lasts four weeks and requires several semesters of biology.
International University Programs
Denmark's International Studies Program
James Cook University
The University of Western Australia
University of Otago
University of Auckland
University of East Anglia, Norwich,United Kingdom
Programs Grouped by Destination
SIT Tanzania - There are two Tanzanian programs, one in Zanzibar dealing with coastal ecology and another focusing on wildlife conservation.
SIT Botswana: Ecology and Conservation