College of the Environment

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These pages are currently under revision, and may not have a complete list of programs. Please contact Hannah Nevitt to explore all program options.

The following programs offer significant coursework and field immersion opportunities for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. This is meant to highlight a variety of programs by region. Please note there are many other options available beyond what is listed. This is not a guaranteed list for credit transfer. Students must obtain department advisor approval for fulfilling degree requirements. Students must apply to both the provider through the links below, and to WWU Education Abroad

Environmental Science Degrees

University Catalogue Information (Program Requirements): Environmental Science, BS

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Advisor

Kathryn Patrick

Advisor for College of the Environment

Office: ES 539

Mary Moores

Advisor for College of the Environment

Office: ES 539

Advising Info

After you decide on a program and the courses you will take abroad, you must complete the Departmental Academic Advising Esign Form with your academic advisor. The form must be completed before your program commences.   

Review Your Degree Works  

Web4U > Student > Student Records > Degree Works. Follow steps to see what you have completed, and what you still need for your degree plan. At least 50% of the credit hours required for the major/minor must be earned at Western.   

An official transcript from your program must be sent to Education Abroad for processing upon completion of your program.  

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Program Options

Study Abroad Provider

  • Independent organizations that facilitate or administer study abroad programs for students
  • Quarter, semester, academic year, calendar year, and summer
  • Pay a program fee that includes tuition, housing, etc. (varies)
  • More services provided
  • Often includes excursions, onsite pickup, varied housing options
  • Part time internships can be available for credit

Faculty-led Global Learning Program

  • WWU faculty organize and lead academic programs abroad
  • Quarter, summer, and academic breaks
  • Earn WWU credits and learn from WWU faculty abroad while studying with other WWU students
  • Pay tuition and fees at WWU in addition to a program fee for onsite costs

Western Exchange

  • Bilateral agreements between WWU and universities abroad to exchange students
  • Chance of placement is high
  • Semester and year-long options
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid onsite
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • Eligibility requirements vary
  • More independent and less services

ISEP Exchange

  • ISEP stands for International Student Exchange Program
  • Students can choose from over 135 universities in 36 different countries
  • Students provide ISEP with a list of preferred sites. Chance of placement varies from site to site.
  • Semester & year-long options only
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid to WWU
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • More independent and less services provided

Research, Fellowships & Grants

Africa

Botswana

Ghana

USAC - University of Ghana, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter

Kenya

SFS - Kenya Wildlife, Water and Climate Resilience, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

Madagascar

SIT - Madagascar - Biodiversity & Natural Resource Management, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

Courses in English: Prerequisites of French

Biodiversity and Resource Management Seminar, Environmental Research Methods and Ethics, Independent Study Project

South Africa

Tanzania

Asia

Cambodia

SFS - Cambodia Climate Change, Ethics & Conservation, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

China

CIEE - Open Campus Shanghai, Spring Semester, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter

Hong Kong

ISEP - The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

India

Mongolia

SIT - Mongolia & Siberia Nomadism, Geopolitics & Environment, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

Nepal

Thailand

Central America

Belize

Wildlands Studies - Belize, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Winter Quarter

Courses in English:

Environmental Wildlands Studies, Environmental Field Study, Wildlands Environment and Culture

Costa Rica

  • CIEE - Summer Sustainability & The Environment, Summer Quarter

    Courses in English:

    Sustainable Development for the Tropics

  • CIEE- Summer Tropical Ecology & Conservation, Summer Quarter

    Courses in English:

    Tropical Biology, Independent Research in Biology/Ecology

  • USAC - San Ramon, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter

    Courses in English:

    200/400 Level Independent Research, Sustainable Development: Women and the Environment, Tropical Ecology, Tropical, Ecology and Population Biology, Biological Diversity, Tropical Marine Biology, Tropical Conservation Biology, Cell Biology, Cell Biology Lab, 

  • CEA- Veritas University, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter

    Courses in English:

    Tropical Marine Biology, Tropical Botany, Tropical Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness, Climate Change: Impact and Adaptions, Environmental Impact and Social Development, Marine Molecular Biology, Innovation for Sustainable Development

    (More potential options available) 

  • USAC - Heredia, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter

    Courses in English:

    (Introduction) Tropical Ecology, Sustainable Development, Tropical Conservation Biology (Field Study available), Tropical Marine Biology, Introduction to Conservation Biology

Europe

Austria

Denmark

CIEE - Open Campus Copenhagen, Spring Semester, Spring Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter

Courses in English:

Sustainable Development in the 21st Century, Global Environmental Policy, Conservation Biology, Global Change and the Environment, Internship Seminar, Directed Independent Research

England

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Iceland

Ireland

  • ISA- Ireland, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter
  • USAC - Cork, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter

    Introduction to Environmental Science, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Environmental Risk Assessment and Auditing, Habitats and Ecosystems, Conservation Biology, Physics for the Environmental Sciences I, Introductory Physics I, II, 

     

  • CEA - Galway, Spring Semester, Academic Year

    Courses in English:

    Plant Resources and Ecosystems, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Aquatic Geochemistry, Ocean Dynamics, Introduction to Physics, Physics of the Environment II, Biogeography, Environmental Microbiology

  • CEA - Ecology & Living Landscapes Summer - Ireland, Summer Quarter

Italy

Netherlands

Poland

API - Kraków, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter

Energy Security

Scotland

Spain

  • ISA - Internship - Valencia, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter
  • API - Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

    Courses in English:

    Organic Chemistry II with Lab, Ecological Systems

  • CIEE - Open Campus Madrid, Spring Semester, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter

    Courses in English:

    Sustainability and the Anthropocene, Conservation Biology, Biology of Tropical Diseases, Sustainable Development in the 21st Century, Global Change and the Environment, Directed Independent Research

  • ISEP - Universidad de Almeria, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter
  • CEA - Granada, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter

    Courses in English:

    Sustainability in the Mediterranean, Spain's Evolving Social and Demographic Landscapes, 

  • CEA - Alicante Science & Engineering, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

    Courses in English: 

    Ecology, Cellular Biology, Plant Biodiversity, Statistics, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry I, Modelling Ecological Systems, Genetics, 

Sweden

Middle East

Jordan

United Arab Emirates

North America

Canada

Mexico

Oceania

Australia

New Zealand

South America

Argentina

CIEE - Open Campus Buenos Aires, Spring Semester, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter

Chile

Wildlands Studies - Chile, Winter Quarter

Courses in English:

Environmental Wildlands Studies, Environmental Field Survey, Wildlands Environment and Culture

Ecuador

Peru

Wildlands Studies - Peru, Fall Quarter

Various

Various