Geography Study Abroad
Eighteen meteorology students from Ohio University packed their bags and headed west to the Central and Southern Plains’ Tornado Alley. Read more about their class and see their photos in U.S. News & World Report.
- Office of Global Opportunities & Study Abroad, Study Away Programs
- Geography Study Away Fund
- Additional Opportunities for Study Away Funding
- Storm Chasing Experience
- Sustainability in Scotland
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 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.
- Students talk about their Scotland journey in Isle of Eigg: A Stop They Had to Make.
Storm Chasing is 2-credit hour experience in which students participate in a week-long storm chasing field trip to the Central Plains in May. The course is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students majoring or minoring in geography-meteorology and who have completed mesoscale meteorology or a seminar on supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes. Students apply knowledge from the classroom to real-life scenarios as they predict anticipated locations for potentially tornadic supercell thunderstorms. They monitor changing weather conditions throughout the day as they navigate road networks equipped with state-of-the-art mapping, navigation, and weather-display software to ensure the most complete situational awareness that is possible. The course is taught by Dr. Jana Houser, who has more than 10 years of experience chasing storms in the Great Plains.
- Students talk about their 2018 Storm Chasing experience. See their photos in U.S. News & World Report.
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.
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.