Learning Abroad For Geography Majors

The Departments of Geology and Geography encourage their majors to study abroad for a single semester, year or a summer. Our faculty will help students find programs that best fit their academic and personal goals.  Geography majors and minors have the opportunity to study in many different places, including Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, in a diverse set of programs. We will help students find a program that best fits their academic and personal goals.

Study Abroad (for a semester or year)

The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives Study Abroad website is also an excellent resource for programs, application procedures, deadlines, financial aid, and more. Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid) are readily available to qualified students.

Where to study
For a list of where past and present Geography majors have studied and a summary of the courses that they took abroad, check this searchable database. Note that this is not a definitive list of what is possible and should serve only as a useful guide and planning resource.

  • Argentina: CIEE Liberal Arts in Buenos Aires
  • Bolivia: SIT Bolivia Multiculturalism
  • Costa Rica: MHC/Goucher in Monteverde
  • Spain: CIEE Liberal Arts in Seville
  • New Zealand: Frontiers Geology, Victoria; Otago; Victoria (Arcadia); Canterbury
  • UK: St. Andrews (IFSA-Butler); LSE; Edinburgh; University Collee London, Cardiff University; King's College; Royal Holloway; Sussex (MHC Exchange); Kent (MHC Exchange)
  • France: MHC Montpellier

When to Study
Students generally study abroad their junior year.

Credit Transfer
Courses taken abroad in the field of geography at an approved university or program will transfer readily to a student's major.  

Students should consult in advance with their major advisor about their plan of study abroad.

Upon their return, a student may petition the chair of the Department to have up to eight credits from a 200-level study abroad course to fulfill the Department’s requirements for coursework. For that purpose, they should keep a copy of course syllabuses, as well as of their own written work. Occasionally, 300-level credits from a study abroad program are accepted.

Summer Internships and Research Abroad

A summer internship or research project abroad is a good way for students to apply and develop their skills and explore possible career paths while engaging with cultures and perspectives outside the United States.

  • Funding is available through the Lynk Universal Application Form (UAF). For more details about internship opportunities and funding, please contact Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential learning at the McCulloch Center.  

Next Steps

Students interested in exploring possibilities for learning abroad are encouraged to contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. April Stroud is the primary advisor for study abroad, and Kirk Lange can offer guidance on internships or research abroad.  Students should also consult with their advisor about how they can best connect and integrate learning abroad with their work in the major.