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Why YOU should go abroad

Education abroad provides you with an opportunity to engage directly with a range of cultures and ecosystems, while acquiring skills and knowledge to help tackle global challenges.

Earth's natural resources know no boundaries. What connects Nebraska to the rest of the United States ── our land, water, wind and wildlife ── are the same resources that connect us to those halfway around the world, on another continent, in another country, in another community. How we use, preserve and protect our natural resources affect the entire global community ── not just us, and the best way to grow our understanding of that global connection is to see it for oneself.

Our education abroad programs help students see the environmental problems we all face ── conservation unbalance, climate change, limited water supplies ── and their solutions from someone else's eyes. It opens the door to thought and discovery they may not have experienced of otherwise. Study abroad also gives our students the confidence and experience to tackle future jobs in natural resources at home or abroad.

John Carroll, Director

When to go Abroad

YearTermRecommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall-Spring
Summer

Apply for the Early Abroad Scholarship

Begin researching education abroad programs. Ready to go abroad in the summer? Apply to education abroad programs!

Option 1: Complete a summer education abroad program

Year 2
Optimal year to go abroad for a semester
Fall-Spring

Apply for the Early Abroad Scholarship

Option 2: Complete a winter break, spring break or semester education abroad program

Summer

Option 3: Complete a summer education abroad program

Year 3
Optimal year to go abroad for a semester
Fall - Spring

Option 4: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring education abroad program

Summer

Option 5: Complete a summer education abroad program

Year 4 Fall
No spring semester option if graduating in May

Option 6: Complete a fall or winter break education abroad program but be sure to talk with your academic advisor about important deadlines.

General Academic Advice

Education abroad encompasses any type of overseas academic experience: from traditional classroom-based learning at a foreign university, to short programs led by UNL faculty, to independent field research or internship programs.

It is essential to plan ahead and incorporate your experience into your degree plan. Keep in mind that your academic advisor and college requirements are your primary resources for your academic questions and planning.

Although some of your classes must be taken at UNL, many of your general education requirements along with some of your major requirements can be completed through an education abroad experience. In SNR, many students complete their ACE 9 “Global Awareness and Knowledge” requirement through a UNL approved education abroad program. Some SNR students have a second major or minor in a foreign language, and use these experiences to meet those requirements.

Meet with your Academic Advisor

You can schedule an individual appointment with Sara Winn or Elyse Watson using the MyPLAN system. You can also schedule an appointment by calling: 402-472-0636. Your academic advisor will help you determine how specific education abroad credit will apply directly to your degree.

Key questions to ask your Academic Advisor

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress? Do I need to take specific classes the term I am abroad in order to graduate on time?
  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad? Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
  • How many credits can I bring back toward my major/minor? Is there a residency requirement I need to be aware of before I go abroad?
  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship or research abroad?

Meet with the Education Abroad Office

Your Education Abroad Coordinator, Allison Hinesley, can answer your questions about specific programs, talk you through the application process, and help you find funding resources. You can schedule an appointment using the MyPLAN system. You can also schedule an appointment by calling: 402-472-5358.

Key questions to ask the Education Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is involved in the application and preparation for my program(s) of interest?
  • What courses are available on my program? How does the transfer credit evaluation process work?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for up front?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships and financial aid?
  • What type of support will be available abroad?

Student Testimonial

Hunter Lee in Namibia

Hunter Lee

Major: Fisheries and Wildlife

Program: UNL Faculty-Led: Wildlife Conservation

Country: Namibia

“The importance of doing an Education Abroad program during college would be, being able to meet new people and having an experience of a lifetime. Not very many people have the opportunity to travel around the world, the Education Abroad program allows you to do this and it is something you will never forget. You can meet some amazing people through your trip that can later on help you throughout your life and have a big impact. Doing this during college can also help you find out if you are in the right program for yourself as you get more hands-on experience than being in a classroom!”

“Doing a faculty-led program has many benefits. You can get very close to knowing your professor. That professor can later on help you get an internship, or write you a good letter of recommendation. If that person has done that study abroad program for awhile, they can really help navigate the area you are in and give some very good tips for that place if you ever go out on your own or with a group. Having a faculty-led program can make you feel less worried about the trip as well since you know that that person has been there before and knows what they are doing.”

Recommended Programs

Although Natural Resources majors can participate in a wide range of education abroad programs, the School of Natural Resources recommends the following programs:

Conservation in Southern Africa

South Africa - Wildlife Conservation in Southern Africa

Program Type: UNL Faculty-Led

Available Term(s): Summer

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Course number: NRES 492

Unique Features: The Makuleke Concession of Kruger National Park represents the diversity of modern conservation issues in Africa, including wildlife such as elephants, that conflict with local villages and agriculture. On this month-long program, see a variety of African wildlife while learning about the challenges South Africa faces during this period of rapid change.

Tropical Ecosystems of Puerto Rico

Tropical Ecosystems of Puerto Rico

Program Type: UNL Faculty-Led

Available Term(s): Spring Break

Location: Puerto Rico (U.S. territory)

Course number: NRES 492

Unique Features: Observe components of tropical ecosystems, investigate major ecosystems of an island system, and gain an understanding of the influence of tropical island geology and precipitation on biodiversity structure and sustainable systems.

Namibia: Wildlife Conservation

Namibia - Wildlife Conservation

Program Type: UNL Faculty-Led

Available Term(s): Summer (2021)

Location: Namibia

Course number: NRES 492

Unique Features: Observe the varied approaches to conservation and gain first-hand experience in a country that has taken up the challenge to save wildlife species of serious concern. Visit Etosha National Park (one of Africa's major wildlife refuges) and the Cheetah Conversation Fund, and participate in hands-on exercises of radio-telemetry, wildlife surveys, desert ecology, termite ecology, and more.

Australia: Agriculture and Natural Resources Program

Australia - Agriculture and Natural Resources Program

Program Type: UNL Faculty-Led

Available Term(s): Winter

Location: Sydney and Melbourne, Australia & Hobart, Tasmania

Course number: AGRI310, NRES 492

Unique Features: For three weeks, travel the country learning about Australia's wildlife conservation efforts, including those to save the endangered Tasmanian devil. Explore food industries from vineyards and lavender fields to fisheries and oyster farms.

San Jose, Costa Rica

ISA: Costa Rica - Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Contact Hours Credit Hours UNL Course
ENV4030 Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 60 4 NRES 4XX
MKTG3150 Sustainable Consumption & Production 48 3 AECN 3XX
ENVR 3XX
ENV3190 Tropical Marine Biology 60 4 NRES 3XX
SUSD3000 Sustainable Lifestyles 48 3 ENVR 3XX
ENV3044 Tropical Ecology 60 4 NRES 3XX
ENV3120 Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica 60 4 NRES 3XX
ENV3100 Tropical Birds (Orinthology) 60 4 NRES 3XX

Unique Features: Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica while living in its historic capital, San José. Take courses in English or Spanish at Veritas University alongside local students. Subjects offered include environmental studies, conservation, sustainability, as well as other options. Spanish classes are available at all levels, and Fall students may take an intensive month session. Excursions to cultural and environmental locations of interest are included, and you can add a service learning opportunity.

Quito, Ecuador

IES: Ecuador - Summer  Environmental Studies

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Summer

Location: Quito, Ecuador & Galápagos Islands

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Hours UNL Course
ES 330 Environmental Issues: Conservation and Public Policy in Ecuador 3 NRES 3XX
ES 360 Ecuadorian Ecosystems 3 NRES 3XX

Unique Features: Over the course of this 3-week program, explore one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world. Based in Quito, the program includes course-related trips such as Galápagos Islands, the Amazon region, and the Andes highlands. Take two environmental science courses in English and a Spanish language course, and experience local culture with your homestay hosts.

Penguin

SIT: Patagonia & Antarctica - People, Environment, and Climate Change

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Argentina, Chile & Antarctica

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Hours UNL Course
ISPR 3000 Independent Study Project 4 NRES 399
ENVI 3005 Climate Change and Marine Biology in Southern Patagonia & Antarctica 3 NRES 3XX
ENVI 3500 Environmental Research Methods and Ethics 3 NRES 3XX
ENVI 3000 Socio-Ecological Dynamics & Conservation in Southern Patagonia & Antarctica 3 ENVR 3XX
SPAN 2503 Spanish for Natural Science II 3 SPAN 2XX

Unique Features: From your home base in Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world, study the biodiversity and ecology of Patagonia and Antarctica through excursions around the region, including a 10-day boat expedition to and around the Antarctic Peninsula. Classes are taught in English and Spanish, and students will participate in an 8-week homestay. For the last four weeks of the program, complete an internship with a local organization or an independent study project.

Tropical Ecology

SIT: Panama - Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Panama & Costa Rica

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Hours UNL Course
ISPR 3000 Independent Study Project 4 NRES 496
ENVI 3005 Comparative Tropical Ecology 3 NRES 3XX
ENVI 3500 Environmental Research Methods and Ethics 3 NRES 3XX
ENVI 3000 Human Ecology & Conservation 3 NRES 2XX
SPAN 1003 Spanish for Natural Science I 3 SPAN 1XX

Unique Features: Study the biodiversity of Panama and Costa Rica alongside local professors and organizations, conducting fieldwork throughout a variety of complex ecosystems in the region. Coursework is taught in English, and students take a Spanish course covering scientific terminology necessary for the program. Topics include tropical forest dynamics, marine and coastal ecosystem connectivity, and resource use, including indigenous resource use. Students will also participate in several short-term homestays in rural communities as well as a longer, 3-week homestay in Panama City.

Marine life

SFS: Turks and Caicos Islands - Fundamentals of Marine Conservation

Program Type: Unlisted

Available Term(s): Summer

Location: Turks and Caicos Islands

Relevant Courses Offered:

Code Course Name Credit Hours
SFS 3530 Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management 4

Unique Features: Explore the spectacular reefs and turquoise waters of South Caicos as you learn about environmental issues and policies affecting these ecosystems and the island community. Learn about marine ecology and conservation, coastal management, sustainable tourism and fisheries practices, and marine protected areas. Live and learn at the SFS Center, located next to the ocean.

Climate Change and the Arctic

SIT: Iceland & Greenland - Climate Change and the Arctic

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Iceland & Finland

Relevant Courses Offered:

Code Course Name Credit Hours
ENGR 3000 Climate Modeling and Carbon Management 3
ENVI 3000 The Arctic: Changing Ecosystems and Resilience 3
ENVI 3500 Research Methods and Ethics in the Arctic 4
ISPR 3000 Research Project in Arctic Climate Protection 6

Unique Features: Travel to Iceland to study climate models, carbon management, and the impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and societies. Through excursions around Iceland and a short trip to Finland, learn about practical adaptations to climate change in the Arctic region. Students will complete a research project on climate issues and take short classes on conversational Icelandic and Finnish. The program includes a short homestay in an Icelandic fishing village and excursions to natural points of interest, such as glaciers, geysers, geothermal fields, and fjords.

University College Dublin

ISA: Ireland - Business, Humanities, Agriculture & STEM at University College Dublin

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name ECTS UNL Course Credit Hours
BSEN 30030 Air Pollution 5 BSEN 3XX 3
BSEN 30220 Soil Engineering 5 GNCR XXX 3
BSEN 30280 Environmental Engineering 5 BSEN 326 3

Unique Features: With its main campus located only 2.5 miles from Dublin’s city center, UCD is a great location to both explore the vibrant culture of Dublin and take rigorous classes in your major. Take courses at UCD alongside local and international students, enrolling in 4 classes from your main school and up to 2 elective courses in other schools. The program includes excursions with other ISA students to locations such as Glendalough, a glacial valley featuring lakes and waterfalls.

University of Stirling, Scotland

ISA: Scotland - Natural Sciences, Sports Science, Humanities & Business at the University of Stirling

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer (Session 2)

Location: Stirling, Scotland (UK)

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name SCQF Credit UNL Course Credit Hours
ISSU9GP Green Politics: Theory and Practice 10 POLS 1XX 3

Unique Features: Stirling’s central location allows for easy access to the Highlands of Scotland in the north and major cities to the south. Take classes taught by local professors, alongside local and international students. Course offerings include marine biology, ecology, and oceanography. The program includes excursions with other ISA students to locations such as Edinburgh and the Highlands.

Lancaster University

UNL Exchange: England - Lancaster University

Program Type: Exchange

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Lancaster, England (UK)

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Hours UNL Course
LEC246 Environmental Physiology 4 BIOS 2XX

Unique Features: Lancaster University is one of the UK’s top universities, specializing in both teaching and research. It is located less than 2.5 hours from London and other major cities, making it an ideal home base for exploring the rest of the UK. Lancaster University’s wide selection of courses makes it easy to fulfill major requirements. Pay UNL tuition and fees, plus housing, living, and travel expenses.

James Cook University

ISA: Australia - Environmental and Marine Science, Business, Psychology & Liberal Arts at James Cook University

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Townsville, Australia

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Hours UNL Course
BZ3740 Wildlife Ecology and Management 3 NRES 311
EV2201 Tourism and the Environment 3 AGRI 2XX
EV3406 Coral Reef Geomorphology 3 AGRI 3XX

Unique Features: Located in Townsville, Australia, JCU has the #1 ranked Marine Biology program in the world, and its research and instruction on the tropics is world-renowned, making this university a beneficial choice for students interested in marine biology and environmental science. Several courses offer field components within surrounding ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of Australia’s Wet Tropics.

University of Otago

ISA: New Zealand - Natural Sciences, Exercise Science, Social Science & Liberal Arts at the University of Otago

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Summer

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Points UNL Course Credit Hours
BIOL123 Plants: How They Shape the World 18 ENVR 2XX 3
ENVI311 Understanding Environmental Issues 18 ENVR 3XX 4
ZOOL222 Evolutionary Biology 18 ENVR 2XX 3
GEOG285 Southern Landscapes 12 GEOG 4XX 4

Unique Features: Situated in the middle of Dunedin, the University of Otago has a strong emphasis on research, with dozens of field programs open to exchange students. Many courses offered by the university focus on nature-related sciences, including geology, marine science, ecology, botany, and zoology. Excursions with other ISA students will further your exposure to New Zealand’s natural wonders, including a journey south to the Catlins.

Christchurch, New Zealand

ISA: New Zealand - Engineering, Environmental Science, Business & Liberal Arts at the University of Canterbury

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Points UNL Course Credit Hours
GEOL112 Understanding Earth History 15 GEOL 103 3
GEOL241 Field Studies B – Field Techniques 15 GEOL 340 3
GEOL244 Structural Geology and Global Geophysics 15 GEOL 340 3
GEOL245 Earth System Science 15 GEOL 4XX 3

Unique Features: Conveniently located near both mountains and the beaches of New Zealand’s eastern coast, the University of Canterbury is internationally recognized for its geology, forestry, engineering, and Antarctic studies departments. Additionally, the university offers for-credit internships in most fields. Travel with other ISA students will include treks to Hanmer Springs and Aoraki Mt. Cook.

Cheetahs

SIT: Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Tanzania

Previously Approved Courses:

Code Course Name Credit Hours UNL Course
ISPR 3000 Independent Study Project 4 NRES 3XX
ENVI 3000 Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology 4 NRES 3XX
ENVI 3500 Environmental Research Methods and Ethics 4 NRES 496

Unique Features: Traverse northern Tanzania as you learn about sustainability, conservation, and the relationship between people and wildlife. This program is designed to display the diverse habitats found in Tanzania, with much of the time spent on the move. Accommodations include a 3-week homestay, hotels, hostels, and camping. Toward the end of the semester, you will work on an independent study project on an original research topic.

Madagascar

SIT: Madagascar - Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Program Type: Affiliated

Available Term(s): Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location: Madagascar

Relevant Courses Offered:

Code Course Name Credit Hours
FREN 2003 French for Natural Sciences 3
ENVI 3000 Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management 3
ENVI 3500 Environmental Research Methods and Ethics 3
ISPR 3000 Research Project in Arctic Climate Protection 4
ITRN 3000 Internship and Seminar 4

Unique Features: Isolated from mainland Africa, Madagascar has long been renowned for its unique wildlife and diverse ecosystems. Study this biodiversity along with conservation, environmental and social impacts of development, and Malagasy culture. Most courses are taught in French, with some work done alongside local Malagasy students; language courses include a French class focused on scientific terminology and an introductory course on Malagasy. Pursue an internship or an independent research project during the final month of the program.

Elephants

SFS: Cambodia -
Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands

Program Type: Unlisted

Available Term(s): Summer

Location: Cambodia

Relevant Courses Offered:

Code Course Name Credit Hours
SFS 3111 Ecology and Conservation of Southeast Asian Elephants 4

Unique Features: Spend the summer studying the endangered Asian elephant in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the history and culture of Cambodia with visits to Phnom Penh and the ancient temples of Angkor, and examine human-wildlife conflict and conservation pressures in the region. Topics include Asian elephant ecology and conservation, wildlife management policies, and the traditional culture of the Bunong people.