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Study Abroad can enhance and complement your environmental science career goals and academic interests or you can choose a completely different area of study to expand and enhance both your cultural and scientific interests. Once you determine you have an interest to study abroad, speak with your Faculty Advisor or the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. It is never too early to start to plan. To receive credit, students must obtain pre-approval from their faculty advisor and the college.

Cornell Abroad is the office that administers the application process for non-exchange academic year or semester-long study abroad opportunities, across all colleges (whether through direct enrollment, third-party providers, or Cornell Abroad-managed programs). Program models vary greatly, so it’s worth attending the required CALS Study Abroad 101 session first. Depending on the destination and program provider,

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Sampling of programs:

Field Research: Students may want to consider semester-long intensive programs focused on field research and field studies related to sustainability science. The Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC - is a spring semester, 15 Cornell credit, community-engaged research and education program in South India focused around questions of sustainability. NFLC is a collaboration among Cornell faculty in Natural Resources, Anthropology, City and Regional Planning, and Global Health and the Keystone Foundation of Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India.

The Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, MA offers a rigorous set of courses related to biogeochemistry.

Also based in Woods Hole, SEA Semester programs, represent marine biology and policy more broadly. SEA semesters start with integrative coursework in Woods Hole, followed by weeks of experiential learning while sailing a tall ship from a port elsewhere in the world. Both these semester programs require that students apply (not just register for courses), so plan ahead.