Opportunities for Study Abroad


BIOLOGY 212: Environmental Issues in South Africa
Professor Rosanna Cappellato

An interdisciplinary examination of the environmental issues of a region of the world famous for its captivating scenery, immense richness and dire scarcity of natural resources, and cultural diversity of its people. Special attention will be devoted to the role of parks and community-based conservation projects in achieving a balance between people’s needs and wildlife conservation. By itself, this course does not satisfy an upper-level requirement for the Biology major; when combined with Biology 214 it satisfies a requirement for an upper-level course with laboratory, or combined with Biology 213 is satisfies a requirement for an upper-level course without laboratory. Class meetings will be predominantly lecture with some laboratory work. (Course offered each year pending student demand.) Prerequisites:Biology 130, 131L and 140, 141L; or Biology 120.

BIOLOGY 214: Environmental Field Study in Namibia
Professor Rosanna Cappellato

An in-country exploration of the major environmental issues of Namibia, one of the world’s most arid and most beautiful countries. Students will spend three weeks in the region, visiting different ecosystems, such as the Namib Desert, dry thornveld savannas, and the Kalahari sands. They will meet with indigenous people, NGOs, and governmental officers involved in local environmental issues. Elephant and cheetah tracking can be part of the educational experience during this field study trip. This course emphasizes critical thinking and interdisciplinary learning and is meant to challenge students’ world-view to enable them to increase their awareness and knowledge of our global society. (Course offered each year pending student demand.) Prerequisites: Biology 212.


CIEE is a non-profit, non-governmental international exchange organization. For over 60 years, our mission has been: "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." We develop and administer programs, advocate for the advancement of international education, and build knowledge through CIEE research, publications, and conferences.

Internship, Volunteer & Study Abroad Programs

Connect-123 develops and administers volunteer, internship and study abroad programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cape Town, South Africa and Shanghai, China. Internship and volunteer work opportunities are hosted by local companies, non-profit organizations, schools, research institutes and health care clinics and, in South Africa, study abroad programs are offered through the University of Cape Town.

Organization for Tropical Studies

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a non-profit consortium that has grown to include 63 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America and Australia. In the early 1960′s, scientists from U.S. universities forged working relationships with colleagues at the Universidad de Costa Rica in the interest of strengthening education and research in tropical biology. Intense interest both in the U.S. and Costa Rica led to the founding of OTS in 1963. OTS was founded to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. To address this mission, OTS conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs.

SEA Semester
Field Programs in Marine and Environmental Studies

Since 1971, SEA has been a leader in off-campus study focused on marine science, maritime culture, and environmental studies. Our SEA Semester study abroad programs challenge students intellectually and physically by combining the sailing adventure of a lifetime with study of the deep ocean and the interactions of humans and the sea.