Study Abroad

Study Sustainabilty from Abroad

Experiential learning is an important part of the Sustainability Studies minor, which is why we have approved several study abroad courses for the minor. Studying abroad is a great, unique way to get hands-on experience and deepen your understanding of sustainability and what it means to different people and cultures around the world.

The Office of International Affairs has a list of all study abroad opportunities available on campus. Many of these study abroad trips can be used for the Sustainability Studies Minor. New programs are available every year, so keep your eyes open, and if you see a trip that fits your interests, let us know. We will work with you to get the most out of your time abroad.

Send us an email if you are interested in studying abroad for the minor. All courses must be pre-approved by the Sustainability Studies office for the course to count towards the completion of the minor.

Below are just a few trips many Sustainability Studies students have gone on:

 

ENCE 489C Sustainability & Smart Cities   Prague, Czech Republic

This study abroad program, explores the different approaches for the development of sustainable and smart cities. The course addresses (i) the broad and complex "system" point of view of sustainability and smart cities, as well as, (ii) the system engineering, system decomposition, and design/technical aspect. The program examines smart cities' building blocks, such as "smart streets" or "smart buildings" as a matter of pragmatic and feasible level of details. Additionally, it explores the use of tools needed for developing real projects focusing on smart cities and sustainability, along with real case studies. Students work alongside Czech students for learning and developing smart cities and green infrastructure projects.

When: Summer

Eligibility: all majors, undergraduate and graduate students from UMD & other US institutions.

 


 

ENCE 489G Sustainability & Infrastructure  Athens, Greece

Large cities represent only two percent of the world’s surface area, yet are the economic drivers of the world’s economy accounting for over 80 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). With these staggering statistics the concepts and principles of “Sustainable Infrastructure” are vital for the survival of urban settlements and the development of healthy living conditions, along with economic prosperity. This program, explores the different approaches for the development of Sustainable Infrastructure including: Green Infrastructure (green buildings, green roads, and other components); Environmental Implications, Energy Systems and Energy Conservation; Sustainability Metrics; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Mobility and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  

When: Summer

Eligibility: all majors, undergraduate and graduate students from UMD & other US institutions.

 

 

AREC 457: GERMANY AND ITALY: Energy, Climate Change and Options for a Low-Carbon Economy (AREC)

Explore the major hurdles to reducing the threats from climate change, while also learning about options for changing from fossil-fuel based activities towards low-carbon ones, and how they can be implemented successfully. Lectures are taught by research scientists at the top climate change research institutions in Germany and Italy—the Ecologic Institute and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, respectively. Two Field Trips: In Germany, we will visit a commercial wind power generation facility, and in Italy, we will take a boat tour of the Venice Lagoon. We will stay in the heart of Berlin, one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in Europe, and experience living on the S. Giorgio Island in Venice

When: Winter

Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 2.75 and above Preference is given to majors in AREC, ENST, ENSP, ECON, Public Policy, and Engineering. Some knowledge of microeconomics is desirable but not required.

 

GEOG 328B: The Geography of the Caribbean

The program studies the cultural and physical geography of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. To do this, the class spend 7 days aboard the S/V Mandalay, a windjammer tall ship, along with time spent on the island of Grenada.

When: Winter
Eligibility: Must be willing and able to accept risks of sailing.

 

 

LASC 448F/ LASC448G: Brazilian Ethnography & Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples

Through this course, students will be introduced to the Kayapó, one of the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, as well as tropical forest ecology and the urbanization and development of Amazonia.

When: Summer
Eligibility: 2.75 GPA

 

 

LARC 451/LARC 489C: Sustainable Communities/Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Sustainable Futures in Costa Rica

Sustainable Futures is an interdisciplinary program in architecture, landscape architecture and planning involving five university partners and the Monteverde Institute. Participants will engage in service learning by completing studio projects aimed at creating ecologically and socially just solutions to real world problems. The topics of these projects are determined by Costa Rican communities.

When: Summer
Eligibility: Junior or Senior, 3.0 GPA

 

 

LARC 489N/HONR 348B: Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Culture and Earth: Transformation and Adaptation - New Zealand

Investigae New Zealand through the study of culture and nature. You will receive instruction in the practice of field sketching and recording field notes throughout the course and as you travel throughout the South and North Islands of New Zealand. In addition, you will be afforded opportunities to explore local culture and natural systems through tours to historic sites, museums, aboriginal settlements, and natural wonders. 

    When: Winter
             Eligibility: ou must be in good academic and judicial standing.

 

PLSC 489Z: Environmental Sustainability - New Zealand

This program will engage students in the study of environmentally-sustainable programs that are being implemented in New Zealand. Traveling throughout New Zealand's diverse ecosystems, we will learn about energy (geothermal hydropower and wind farm tours), environmental restoration (Kapiti Island) and stormwater management (e.g., green roof) programs. Students will overnight in a Maori village, on Kaptiti Island and Beaconstone Eco Lodge, hike the Franz Josef Glacier and Waitomo Caves, cruise Millford sound and visit Rangitoto volcanic island. Students will also have days to rest, visit museums and the University of Auckland.

When: Winter
Eligibility: 2.75 GPA

 

 

 

PLCY 689I: Social-Ecological Systems, Environmental Policy, and Sustainable Development in Indonesia

This course focuses on the systemic interconnections between Indonesia’s environmental problems (especially deforestation and climate change; habitat loss; and coral reef protection) and development issues and strategies such as poverty reduction, climate change adaptation, decentralization, local and regional environmental management approaches, and agricultural policy as well as governance issues.

When: Winter
Eligibility: Senior status, 3.0 GPA

 

 

 

PLCY 798T: Sustainable Development, Democracy, and Human Rights in Peru

Participants will study sustainable development policy challenges in Peru with a focus on the tensions between economic development, environmental well-being, democracy, and the protection of human rights, particularly those of indigenous peoples.

When: Spring Break
Eligibility: Senior status, 3.0 GPA

 

 

SOCY 498C/LASC 448C: Sustainability & Entrepreneurship in Curtiba, Brazil 

This course focuses on the development and implementation of urban sustainability programs in Brazil.  Curitiba,  Brazil  is the Winner of the 2013 World City Award for its innovative approaches to urban sustainability and public  transportation. You will learn firsthand how Curitiba has been able to develop and implement these programs by visiting city agencies and meeting directly with those responsible for planning and implementing a plethora of urban sustainable programs. These visits will be followed by field trips to many of the sites of these programs for a participatory understanding of urban sustainability.

When: Winter
             Eligibility: 2.75 GPA

 

Maryland-in-Perugia (Italy)

Experience the real Italy through study abroad with Maryland-in-Perugia for a summer, semester, or academic year. As a part of the Maryland-in-Perugia program, you will take classes and engage in activities with The Umbra Institute. The Course "Sustainability and Food Production" through this program has been approved for the Sustainability Studies minor as a Policy & Institutions course.

When: Fall, Spring, Summer
             Eligibility: 2.75 GPA

 
Maryland-in-Florence is hosted at the International Studies Institute (ISI Florence), where you will have access to a wide variety of courses in art history, architecture, food studies and sustainability, fine and studio arts, Italian language & cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, international business, political science, and more. You will also be provided with unique community-engagement opportunities that will allow you to make the most of your semester abroad. 
 
 A number of courses through the Maryland-in-Florence program have been approved for the minor:
  • The History and Culture of Food: Social and Human Dimensions 

  • Foundation of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Social and Human Dimensions

  • The Business of Sustainable Food Supply Chains: Policy and Institutions

  • Sustainability of Food and Environmental Systems: Policy and Institutions

   When: Fall, Spring, Summer
   Eligibility: 2.75 GPA