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Notable Programs - First Stop Resource for ES Students Wishing to Go Abroad
The Environmental Studies Program urges its majors to think carefully about their educational goals when considering off campus study. Environmental Studies majors frequently find that off-campus study complements their academic program effectively. If you are considering off-campus study, we urge students to consult with their adviser and program OCS liaison about:
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.
The Off Campus Study Liaison for Environmental Studies is Cathy Bevier (Arey 103; Ext 5720)
International Programs | Domestic Programs
School for Field Studies is
the oldest study abroad program in the country that focuses on environmental
studies. SFS offers semester-long programs in Africa, Latin America and Australia,
ranging in topic from marine resources to tropical rainforest management. The
hands-on approach used by SFS combines lectures, presentations, laboratories
and community service with a student directed research project that forms the
culminating project of the semester. SFS currently
runs five programs:
School for International Training offers dozens of opportunities around the world to study development, gender, conflict resolution, public health and many other themes including environmental studies. SIT programs augment formal academic studies with a month-long, independent research project designed in consultation with the program director and a local expert in the field. SIT environmental studies programs can be found in:
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 emerse themselves in a research program. There are four programs: Southwest Africa (Cheetah project or Rhino project), Ecuadore, and British Columbia (Taku River - First Nation).
International Honors Program. Sponsored through Boston University, the International Honors Program coordinates both semester and year-long programs in global ecology, global culture, indigenous studies and urban studies. The global ecology program examines conservation practices, economic development, environmental policy and social movements in England, Tanzania, India, New Zealand, Mexico and the United States offering students the unique opportunity to make comparative studies using examples from around the world.
Organization for Tropical Studies - 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.
Domestic Field Programs
Semester of Environmental Science at Woods Hole - (Petition) - The Semester in Environmental Science is sponsored by the Ecosystem Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, a world renowned center for biological research and education with a long tradition of offering superb training in science. The curriculum includes core courses in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem analysis that introduce fundamentals of biogeochemistry and ecosystem science. An elective in either Aquatic Chemistry, Ecology and Management of Wetlands, Problems of Human-dominated Ecosystems, Issues in Global Ecology, Mathematical Modeling in Ecology, Microbial Methods in Ecology, and The Role of Animals in Ecosystems (not all electives offered in all years). A Science Writing Seminar and an Independent Research project are also offered.
Williams-Mystic - 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.
Duke University Marine Lab Beaufort -2- Bermuda Spring Semester (Petition) - In addition to the traditional semester offered solely at the Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, students may choose to split their semester of study between the Beaufort campus and the campus at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR). The spring semester will be divided into two seven-week sessions with a break between sessions. A student may choose to spend the first session at either institution and would then switch to the other institution for the second session.
Summer Field Programs
School for Field Studies offers 30-day summer programs addressing critical environmental issues in Kenya, Australia, Costa Rica, Baja California Sur in Mexico, and the Turks & Caicos Islands in the British West Indies. By combining lectures with field exercises and field trips, you will gain hands-on experience and learn field research skills that will help you build your professional credentials. You will also have the rare opportunity to experience a new culture while helping the local community develop solutions to critical environmental problems.
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.
Washington - 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.
International University Programs
The University of Western Australia - This is one of Australia's top Universities and has a very good Conservation Biology Program. The University is in Perth and in in an area very different ecologically from the eastern seaboard.
University of Auckland
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