What are the benefits of study abroad for someone in Biological Sciences?
Participating in a study abroad experience allows students an opportunity to gain global perspectives in the field of biology. Depending on the individual track in Biological Sciences, they may find fieldwork in a particular area or be able to take advanced coursework abroad that is not offered in the US. Through research opportunities and cultural studies, students gain knowledge on how science impacts populations worldwide.
When is the best time for Biological Sciences students to go abroad?
Students majoring in Biological Sciences are often following a rigorous course plan and need to take into account courses that must be taken in sequence and during a particular year. The summer is always an ideal time for study abroad. However, it may be possible for students to study for a semester with careful planning.
What types of academic requirements can I fulfill abroad?
University-wide requirements: Tier II courses can often be fulfilled easily abroad. Tier III courses are offered on some of the OHIO study abroad programs, but it can be challenging to transfer Tier III credit back from a Non-OHIO or exchange program.
Arts and Sciences requirements: Courses to fulfill college level requirements, including the foreign language requirement, can be taken abroad.
Major requirements: Students planning to enroll in a program through a partner institution or affiliate program should carefully review course offerings. It is possible for students to complete major requirements abroad but advisor approval will be needed for all courses.
What are other academic considerations for someone in Biological Sciences?
In order to gain the most from their experience studying Biological Sciences abroad, students need to have completed their foundations and theory courses early in their college career. Students looking to do research abroad need to understand the fundamental skills required for research in science labs and in the field. Many of the core courses offered at OHIO need to be taken in a particular sequence leaving students the most flexibility with electives and other elective major requirements. Students in Biological Sciences who choose to study abroad often use this opportunity to fulfill language and tier requirements.
What do I do next?
Visit our Planning Your Experience page to discover the steps you'll need to take.
|Sample STUDY ABROAD programs for Biological Sciences through Ohio University|
OHIO - Tropical Disease Research Program, Ecuador
Summer- This program takes place in the context of efforts by the Tropical Disease Institute to combat Chagas disease in Ecuador. The course will provide participants with a solid background and skills to conduct interdisciplinary research in an international setting, while improving their Spanish language skills. This will be achieved through onsite lectures on applied research methodology.
OHIO - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Semester/Academic year program- One of the highest ranked STEM universities in Asia with a strong research emphasis, NTU offers a large number of courses in bioscience and related fields. OHIO students have the opportunity to fulfill major, elective and general course requirements. Research opportunities with NTU faculty are also available for upper-level students. Courses at NTU are taught in English.
OHIO - Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Semester/Academic year program- The School of Biological Sciences at HKBU offers specializations in biology, biotechnology, ecology and biodiversity, food and nutritional sciences and microbiology. Most courses are taught in English opening the door for OHIO students to fulfill a broad array of required courses as well as electives.
OHIO - Swansea University, Wales exchange program
Semester/Academic year program-The diverse habitats available locally set Swansea apart for study and research. Biosciences has excellent teaching facilities for molecular, physiological or ecological studies. Swansea offers a broad array of fundamental and required courses. Due to its location, Swansea is a must for all marine biology students.
|Sample STUDY ABROAD programs for Biological Sciences through Affiliate Providers|
AustraLearn- Creating a Green, Sustainable Environment, Australia:
Summer- Students gain practical field experience looking at the sustainable management of resources, water use and allocation, regional sustainability, government and indigenous groups, the implications of climate change and disaster preparedness for the community.
CEA- Galway, Ireland:
Semester- Students enroll in courses at the National University of Ireland, Galway and take courses in disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, botany, earth and ocean sciences and physiology.
CEA- San Jose, Costa Rica:
Summer- Students take Spanish courses in addition to an elective course offered through this program. Courses available include Environmental Impact & Development, Climate Change & Renewable Energies and Environmental Awareness & Sustainable Development.
CIEE- Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation, Bonaire:
Summer/Semester- Students participate in class work, field research and lab work while traveling in Bonaire. This program is intended for those who are pursuing the track in Marine, Freshwater and Environmental Biology.
IEP - London, England
Semester program. The University of Roehampton offers courses such as Biology of Animal Sociality, Biosciences Research Methods, Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology and Metabolism and more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Walter International Education Center.
IEP - Bangkok, Thailand
Semester program. Mahidol University offers courses such as Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Conservation Biology, Marine Biology, Principles of Biology and many more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (email@example.com) in the Walter International Education Center.
IEP - Gold Coast, Australia
Summer program. Bond University offers courses such as Biological and Physical Chemistry, Cell Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Nutrition and Health and more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Walter International Education Center.
Foreign Language Programs:
OHIO-Spanish Language and Culture in Merida, Mexico.
OHIO-Italian Language in Florence
API-Spanish Language Program in Madrid
CIEE-Arabic Language and Culture in Rabat, Morrocco
Additional opportunities available! Click here to view more program options & come to walk-in advising, Mon-Fri, 1-4 PM.
Transfer credit may be earned on approved Non-OHIO & exchange programs. Students participating on these programs should complete a Foreign Study Checklist (available at the Office of Education Abroad) to seek pre-approval prior to departure. Students wishing to utilize financial aid and scholarships, click here. OHIO scholarships may not apply to all programs listed on this page. Students should research the country where they plan to study at www.travel.state.gov. Students traveling to a country with a state department warning will be required to sign a waiver (available in Walter International Education Center) prior to departure.
|Work, Volunteer, Intern suggestions for Biological Sciences|
IEP (Full-time on-campus advisor available at the Office of Education Abroad)
Internship opportunities are available in New Zealand, Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, and Italy. IEP internships are tailored to each individual student's needs and interests and can last anywhere from one month to a full semester. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (email@example.com) in the Walter International Education Center.
ProWorld Service Corps:
Internship and volunteer opportunities are available in Peru, Belize, Mexico, India, Thailand, Ghana and Brazil. Many of the programs are focused on the environment and ecotourism.
For an extensive list of opportunities to work, volunteer, or intern abroad please click here.
Students should consult their academic department regarding earning credit for internships. Students will not receive transfer credit for internship programs UNLESS the internship is required of a student’s major and the student receives pre-approval for the internship. Students should register with the Office of Education Abroad before traveling overseas.
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