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Students discuss their Sustainability in Scotland experience.

Students discuss their adventures in Scotland during the summer of 2014.

Sustainability in Scotland | Summer Study Abroad

The Edinburgh: City and the Environment Program is taught by Dr. Geoff Buckley.

This environmentally focused study abroad program takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, in one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities, students spend five weeks studying urban history and sustainability. Class lectures, guest speakers, and frequent field trips introduce students to key concepts relating to urban planning and governance, infrastructure design and management, resource provisioning and conservation, urban ecology, and social and environmental justice.

With more than half the world's population living “urban” already, and the movement from rural to urban accelerating rapidly, it is imperative that “we design our new cities - and retrofit our old ones - so that they are more efficient, just, and livable places,” says program director Dr. Geoff Buckley. Anyone interested in environmental studies, urban planning, and sustainability will be interested in this program, especially as it takes place in Edinburgh, a city renowned for its reputation as a leader in the worldwide effort to “green” our cities.

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park | Summer Study Abroad

Canada and USA: Transboundary Resource Management, Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change in Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is taught by Dr. Harold Perkins.

The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park represents a unique opportunity to show students how cooperation and tensions arise in the management of forest and water resources across the political boundaries of the US and Canada. This expedition-style learning experience allows students to learn about sustainability and climate change through daily excursions and interactions with researchers and professionals.

Geography Study Away Fund

Recognizing the value of a study away experience, the Geography Department provides scholarships to defray associated costs for its undergraduate majors.­ The amounts awarded may vary from year-to-year, and limited availability of funds means the application process is competitive.

Funds are available only to Geography Department majors, and preference may be given to majors enrolled in Global Opportunities Programs linked directly to the Geography Department.­­ In addition, priority consideration will be given to students who have not previously won a Study Away Scholarship from the Geography Department.

The Awards Committee reviews applications and shall make its award decision based on the quality of the applicant’s two-page essay explaining how the experience will contribute to her or his education and/or career goals. The essay should also include a list of courses the applicant will be enrolled in during the study away program.­ Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and include a copy of their most recent DARS with their applications.­

Deadlines: Oct. 1  for study away over winter break, spring semester, or spring break) and March 1 for study away over summer or fall semester.­ The Awards Committee Chair will send an announcement to majors concerning the availability of funds in advance of the deadlines and soliciting applications; application materials shall be submitted to the Awards Committee Chair.

Additional Opportunities for Study Abroad Funding

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

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