Notable Programs for ES Students
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:
- The off-campus program(s) that can best meet the student’s academic goals.
- The best semester to study abroad. This choice will depend upon the OCS program selected and the individual’s academic program. The ES program has no preferred semester for off-campus study.
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
-Rainforest Studies (Australia)
-Himalayan Studies (Bhutan)
-Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change (Cambodia)
-Sustainable Development Studies (Costa Rica)
-Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies (Panama)
-Biodiversity & Development in the Amazon (Peru)
-Wildlife Management Studies (Tanzania)
-Marine Resource Studies (Turks and Caicos Islands)
For more information on these programs: SFS-Program Details
School for International Training (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 offers opportunities around the world to study development, public health, and many other themes including:
-Rainforest, Reef and Cultural Ecology (Australia)
-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)
-Biodiversity in the Tropics (Panama)
-Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (Iceland)
For more information visit: http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/8453.cfm and read about one of our students SIT experiences in Tanzania.
The Round River Conservation Studies is 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), the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and new in 2017 on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
Sponsored through School for International Training, 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.
-Beyond Globalization: Reclaiming Nature, Culture, and Justice
-Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care
-Cities in the 21st Century
CIEE study abroad programs – based in more than 40 countries around the world – span more academic disciplines than any other international education organization. And by combining that coursework with homestays, internships and a variety of cultural activities, CIEE offers students a uniquely immersive international experience. Offering summer and semester programs. Some of those programs frequented by Colby students include:
Academically challenging and intensely experiential, ISDSI courses are expeditions into the cultures and ecology of Thailand. Each course is focused on understanding sustainable development and is designed in collaboration with local communities.
Integrating both the social and natural sciences, on our courses students may work on an organic farm alongside villagers while learning about agroecosystems, backpack on remote forest trails in the mountains with upland people in order to study indigenous forest management or sea kayak to learn about oceans, reefs and fishing communities.
-People, Ecology, and Development (Thailand)
-Sustainable Architecture and Design in Southeast Asia: Villages, Empires, and Cities
-Summer program: Culture and Ecology of Northern Thailand with ISDSI
SEA Semester is the leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean. While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. We look for motivated undergraduates of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to tackle and address real-world problems, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community.
Domestic Field Programs
FALL SEMESTER ONLY
Important note: Students interested in studying on this program will also be permitted to study abroad for another semester (exempt from a petition).
Changing Oceans at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences www.bigelow.org, in East Boothbay, Maine, offers a semester-in-residence program for Colby College students interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of oceanography and hands-on research experience through immersion in a professional laboratory environment. The intensive research experience is focused on ocean science within a changing global climate, and covers topics such as microbial oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle, molecular approaches to biological oceanography, and pelagic ecology; implications for public policy are explored within each of these topics. This unique program is a must for any student interested in becoming a marine scientist. For more program information visit http://www.colby.edu/academics_cs/ocs/colby-at-bigelow-labs.cfm
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 4-8 week summer programs addressing critical environmental issues in Australia, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Panama, Tanzania, and the Turks & Caicos Islands. 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.
International University Programs
Programs Grouped by Destination
SFS Turks & Caicos Islands – Marine Resources Program.
SFS Panama – Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies.
SIT Panama – Development and Conservation in Latin America.
SIT Ecuador – A comparative ecology and conservation program.
SFS Peru – Biodiversity & Development in the Andes-Amazon
SIT Venezuela – See a complete list of the SIT programs throughout Latin America.
University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom – serving hundreds of American students each year
James Cook University – Tropical North Queensland, Australia
Australian National University, Canberra
University of East Anglia
SIT Australia – There are several SIT programs in Australia. Explore this site to find the best match.
University of Otago – See a summary of Bill McCloy’s(’03) semester in New Zealand.
University of Queensland, Austrailia
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia – with over 50 different semester programs available to visiting students
The University of Western Australia – This is one of Australia’s top Universities and has a very goodConservation Biology Program.