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Aug25

Lenape Language Class
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sep05

Global Opportunities Fair
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sep15

Lenape Language Class
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Success Stories


Elena Conklin

ISA - Kingston University - London, England (fall 2015)

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Francesca Rizzuto

ISA - Florence University of the Arts - Florence, Italy (Spring 2015)

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Joselyn Chavez

Ramapo College - India: Development and Sustainability - Bangalore, India (spring 2015)

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Olivia Dunn

Ramapo College - India: Development and Sustainability - Bangalore, India (spring 2015)

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Ramapo College - India: Development and Sustainability - Bangalore, India (spring 2015)

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How does studying abroad in a Sustainability Program benefit students?

Sustainability, broadly defined as the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Prosperity), touches every aspect of the human condition.  And thus it is that a sustainability thread can be found running through every Major offered at Ramapo College. As such, we would argue that every student benefits immensely from participation in a Sustainability-oriented Study Abroad Program.

Of course, travel really does broaden the mind.  But more significantly than that, a Sustainability-oriented Study Abroad experience gives us the ability to switch contexts, to be able to see the world through a lens that is entirely different than the one we are accustomed to using.  The ability to switch perspectives, to view things from a point-of-view other than our own, to change the frames we make in how we take the world, this is probably the most extraordinary gift that such a Study Abroad experience can give.  We become transformed, in the process of stepping into someone else’s worldview.  And our capacity for empathy is hugely enhanced.

Experiencing life in other countries and cultures, developing foreign language skills, broadening our views of the world, and making lifelong friends while earning college credits are just some of the ways students benefit from their time abroad. For many students, the Study Abroad opportunity triggers the move to graduate school, or opens entirely new prospects for future employment. Over the years, we have found that students remember and value their Sustainability-oriented study abroad experiences for the rest of their lives.  It is, in a word, transformative.

Featured Programs

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo in South India

16 credit, Spring Semester Program

Students register for 4 sequential courses (each worth 4 credits) for a total of 16 credits in one of two tracks: “Development & Sustainability” or “Media, Culture & the Arts”. Courses fulfill requirements in the Sociology, International Studies, and Environmental Studies majors, the Anthropology minor, and may apply to some General Education requirements as well. Course credit towards other majors is possible with permission. As a student you will “live your courses”. All of these courses include a wide range of experiential learning opportunities such as frequent trips to temples, markets, urban and rural development projects, and cultural sites. Students will also view and respond to a series of Indian films.

Program Website (Information & Application)

Scholarships are available

 

CIEE Global Sustainability & Environment

(Cape Town, South Africa)

Cape Town is perhaps the best microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition – making it the perfect location to study sustainability matters. During CIEE’s Global Sustainability and Environment program, local experts and CIEE’s expert staff will provide the tools you need to develop a real-world project to help Cape Town. It won’t be easy, but it will be fun. You’ll also experience South African culture by living with a host family, going on trips and excursions throughout the country, and more.

Study abroad in Cape Town and you’ll:

  • Spend three days in a former South African township to see how disadvantaged groups live
  • Experience life in an EcoVillage for a week
  • Learn to speak Afrikaans or isiXhosa
  • Attend local theater, music, and dance productions, and rugby matches
Program Website (Information & Application)

Scholarships are available

School for Field Studies: Applied Research Techniques and Strategies toward Sustainability

(Atenas, Costa Rica)

Students learn about the ecological, natural resource management, and socioeconomic factors impacting protected areas and surrounding communities and farms in Costa Rica. Field exercises, research projects, and lectures introduce students to models of conservation, biodiversity protection, and development of Costa Rica’s national parks, within the context of the Costa Rican cultural application of conservation ecology.

In this research-intensive program, students develop relevant research questions that address local issues related to sustainability.

Program Website (Information & Application)

SIT Study Abroad: Sustainability & Environmental Action

(Byron Bay, Australia)

This program is designed to empower you to make a positive contribution in building more sustainable societies. You will witness and investigate practical alternatives to the current economic system, which is degrading our environment and leading to increasing inequality, and will be inspired by the incredible natural beauty of Australia’s World Heritage areas. You will learn how to apply the principles of sustainability, not only in your personal life, but in any career you choose. (16 credits; Fall or Spring options)

Major topics of study include:

  • Sustainability
  • Sense of place
  • The natural environment and nature conservation
  • Social change and environmental action
  • Ecopsychology and environmental ethics
  • Aboriginal relationships with the environment
Program Website (Information & Application)

Scholarships are available

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Other Approved Programs

There are a variety of other approved program options available for Sustainability. Click on the link below for a list of these options:

APPROVED STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS for Sustainability