You may wish to combine environmental study with travel to an ecosystem or culture unlike any in North America. If so, a study abroad program may be your best option for field experience.
To satisfy the Practical Experience requirement, a Study Abroad course/program must:
- be elected for 3 or more credit hours,
- be or have a field component (non classroom) of at least 2 weeks in duration,
- have content related to the environment,
- be pre-approved by a PitE Advisor
Choosing a study abroad program through the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS) allows students to use their financial aid and other awards directly toward the program of their choice.
Application deadlines are at the beginning of the term, often the second week of classes. Please refer to CGIS's website for application deadlines for your program of choice.
Popular CGIS Sponsored Study Abroad Programs for Fall, Winter, or Summer
*All of these can be found on the CGIS MCompass site.
School for Field Studies (SFS): ONLY these programs - Peru, Panama, Chile, Turks & Caicos, Tanzania, Cambodia, and Bhutan
Environment and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica
EcoQuest in New Zealand
Frontiers Abroad: Geology and Earth Systems Science in New Zealand
Development and Globalization in Thailand
Sustainable Development Studies in Thailand
Development, Public Health, and Environment in Vietnam
Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark
Environmental Studies at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford
Popular Non-UM/Non-CGIS Sponsored Study Abroad Programs
Wildlands Studies: Belize, Cuba, Australia, South Africa, Nepal
School for Field Studies (SFS): Australia, Kenya, and Costa Rica
SEA Semester in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
School for International Training
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Aotearoa (New Zealand) *will be a CGIS sponsored program soon.
Food & Sustainable Studies in Perugia, Italy
Sustainability & the Environment in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Freiburg, Germany
Business, Sustainability & Immigration in Nice, France
Urban Studies - Cornell in Rome
*IMPORTANT* Before committing to any program, you MUST make sure that they transfer to the University of Michigan from the institution from which they are offered. You can make sure courses are transferrable by submitting the form here
Important things to know before you go:
You Must Register your travel through the Travel Registry. If you plan to study abroad through a program not administered by CGIS (e.g. Wildlands Studies), you must register your travel before you leave.
The university strongly encourages faculty and students to sign up for Travel Abroad Health Insurance. The insurance costs $1.25 per day and also provides political or natural disaster evacuation should a situation arise.
Students should also visit the U-M Travel Warning and Travel Restriction Locations. It is advised that students meet with a PitE Advisor when considering studying abroad to ensure that that the program selected meets major or minor requirements.