Take an in-depth look at the political, social, and technological drives behind renewable energy development in Germany. Visit three vibrant communities that excel in advancing renewable energy storage, solar and wind power, and the electrification of transportation.
Students partake in a long-term tiger conservation effort while studying biodiversity in Thailand. Activities include camera-trapping techniques, prey assessment methods, and radio telemetry approaches to the study of tigers and other large mammals.
Dates: December 27, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Program Leaders: Gary Sands
Embark on a journey of a lifetime, through tropical rainforests, traditional villages, plantations, and cooperatives, to waken and deepen your understanding of the environment and how you connect with it.
Dates: March 7 - 15, 2020
Program Leader: Jim Perry
This freshman seminar integrates scientific, managerial, and cross-cultural experiences while engaging in field work on the beautiful Mesoamerican Reef. Examine the living laboratories of the Mesoamerican Reef System, specifically the Belize barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
May Session - Embedded*
Dates: May 16 - June 7, 2020
Program Leader: Melissa Palmer
Discover the rich biodiversity of Belize while working in collaboration with Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic and participating in hands-on labs and wildlife conservation efforts. Students will learn about the major ecosystems in Belize, the plants and animals inhabiting these areas, and conservation management strategies both on land and in the sea.
Tentative Dates: May 16 - June 1, 2020
Program Leader: Tommy Van Norman
Gain firsthand experience with the Greek food industry, agricultural traditions, and their impacts and benefits on Greek life and culture.
Shires, Shorthorns & Sheep: Exploring Livestock Systems in England - Deadline Extended to Jan. 1!
Examine the similarities and differences between Minnesota and England’s animal agriculture during visits to production livestock farms, including dairy, beef, and sheep. Learn about the thoroughbred racing industry during a behind-the-scenes tour of Newmarket, the birthplace of modern-day horse racing. Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the Greenwich Meridian, and spend time exploring Cambridge and London.
Dates: May 27 - June 26, 2020
Program Leader: Vanessa Walton
Learn about the winemaking process, crop production, agroecology, and sustainable livestock farming systems. Immerse yourself in the French language and culture while living with a host family. Explore Paris, castles of the Loire Valley, and extend your stay for an optional internship.
Dates: May 15 - June 6, 2020
Program Leader: Len Ferrington
Discover the interactions between landscapes, natural resources, and environmental management in Iceland through excursions around Reykjavik.
Dates: May 14 - June 7, 2020
Program Leader: Mike White
Learn how cultural food choices can have ethical, environmental, economic and health consequences through the lens of the Italian food system. Gain insight into different ways of thinking about sustainability and food systems.
Dates: May 15 - June 7, 2020
Program Leader: Julie Grossman
Explore food production in Colombia from farm to table through visits to organic coffee farms, vegetable and sugar cane farms, and a world-renowned agricultural research center, as well as by participating in student exchanges with the agroecology program at Colombia's top public university, Universidad Nacional.
Tentative Dates: August 15 - 22, 2020
Program Leader: Peter Sorensen
Participate in field and laboratory exercises that explore tropical ecology and marine ecosystems on the island of Bimini. Observe, handle, and sample sharks in this hands-on course.