Study Abroad

Are you interested in studying abroad? There are many opportunities for Environmental Science and Management and Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning students to study abroad. The best place to start looking for information about studying abroad is the Study Abroad website. Students in the ESM and EPAP majors have gone all over the world including countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, the Netherlands, Sweden, and South Africa, to name just a few! One of the more popular ecology-based programs is Marine Biology & Terrestrial Ecology at the University of Queensland, Australia.

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy offers two summer abroad programs with members of our faculty, Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe and Ecological and Social Issues at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

If you are planning to study abroad your major and/or minor department will need to evaluate the courses you will potentially take to see if they can be used for your major and/or minor. For both the ESM and EPAP majors we ask that students provide us with a list of the courses that you will potentially take along with their course descriptions and your best guess at how they could fit into your major program. It is ok to be wrong about where it might fit into the major, so don't worry about that. Once that information has been compiled you will send it to your major adviser so that they can look it over and let you know which courses are most appropriate and how they can be used for the major.

Testimonials from ESM and EPAP students

Leigh Hiura, Environmental Science and Management, class of 2015 - Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, Summer 2014

Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe was an amazing experience. During this program, we were able to go on bike tours around various cities, visit solar towns and ecovillages, tour an incineration energy plant, and basically learn about how different ways European cities have moved toward greener practices through urban development. Jeff Loux is an amazing professor and has some great stories about each of the cities and Davis (he used to be the Planning Director for Davis). Before going on the program, I was a bit nervous because it would be the first time going out of the country by myself but I met a bunch people while I was abroad and traveling was incredibly easy. This is a very fast paced program because you visit five cities in four weeks but we did have a lot of downtime where we were able to explore and hang out. Some friends and I were even able to visit a small city in France for a day as a side trip. Also, many people traveled before or after the program. I personally traveled after and went to Italy and France. If you're worried about money, there are a ton of grants and scholarships that you can apply to that will help with the cost. To me, this was the ultimate European trip because I was able to see a lot of countries and be immersed in wonderful cultures, all while learning about environmental issues.

Kaili Brande, Environmental Science and Management, class of 2016 - Lund University, Sweden, Fall 2014

Studying abroad in Lund, Sweden, through the UCEAP program was definitely one-of-a-kind. Because it was a program offered through the UC system, I was able to meet and see the perspectives of several students from other UC schools, before even meeting international students! The program’s flexibility with courses meant that we could take major-specific classes and any other electives that we wanted. I was able to take a Master’s level Marine Ecology course, that gave students the opportunity to go on a week-long excursion to both coasts of Sweden, conducting fieldwork in the coastal tidepools and eventually completing a research project on a given tidepool topic. It was so “hands-on” and such a unique college class experience! Through that class, I was able to meet a wide mix of international students, from places such as Australia, Spain, England, and even China. It was such a rewarding experience for us all to come together in Sweden and learn about each others’ cultures and ways of life. Outside of classes, many students in the UCEAP program took separate trips to various Northern Europe countries outside of Sweden- personally, I visited Denmark, Germany, Norway, and even Iceland! The flexibility and freedom offered by this study abroad experience truly made my junior year memorable.

Kiely Doherty, Environmental Science and Management, class of 2015 - University College Utrecht, the Netherlands, Fall 2013

I studied abroad for the Fall Term of 2013 in the Netherlands through the UCEAP. I went to a small international college in the town of Utrecht, where biking is just as beloved as it is here at Davis. This experience was invaluable to me. I was able to explore a beautiful city while studying in a small classroom setting, allowing me to get to know people from all over world. I was able to take a range of classes from some of my Arts and Humanities GE courses to an Environmental Science course comparable to geology, and my credits transferred with no problem at all. I would highly recommend study abroad to anyone! Being able to travel to new places, learn in a new environment, and meet a range of different people has been such an important learning experience for myself. I feel so grateful for the chance to study in the Netherlands and to travel throughout Europe. Both the department at Davis and the international campus were incredibly helpful in the process of enrolling in classes. Overall, the experience was indescribable (I will be back to visit again this summer!), it is absolutely worth pursuing for any student interested!