Learning Abroad for Geology Majors

A venerable geologist we know says: “the geologist who sees the most rocks wins.” In that spirit, we encourage geology majors who go abroad to take geology courses that involve fieldwork and field trips.

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.

Study Abroad

Where to Study
Many geology majors have studied in English-speaking countries known for distinctive geology (like New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, and England). Yet other majors with language expertise have ventured to places like Chile and France in order to study geology. Be adventurous!

For a list of where past and present majors have studied and a summary of the courses they have taken 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. 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. 

Credit Transfer

Please read the advice for transferring credits from the Geography page and also the credit transfer page on the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives' website for general information.

Summer Internships & 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.