Sustainability Summer Programs Abroad

Chances are you know someone who has been studying abroad or you are currently an international student at the University. International experience is very valuable as it allows you to immerse yourself in new cultures, widens your perspective of the world, and cultivates adventurous spirit. The benefits are similarly noteworthy for sustainability-focused programs. Understanding global context is crucial in this field because implementing sustainability solutions can be very different depending on the region. Luckily, there are plenty of sustainability-themed research and internship programs abroad. Moreover, many of them cover travel expenses and are currently accepting applications for summer 2020. Without further ado, let’s explore some of these opportunities!


Ecohydrology of Tropical Montane Forests REU in Costa Rica

This program is a ten-week research in which undergraduates will help conducting studies on water, climate and biodiversity in a tropical forest in central Costa Rica in collaboration with local students. This is a great opportunity, especially for those who grew up in urban settings. Costa Rica having rich biodiversity and stunning natural landscape, participants will have the unique chance to experience nature in its purest form.

(Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents)


DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering in Germany

This program offers research internships in a wide range of disciplines, including earth science. As you might know already, Germany is a leader when it comes to green energy and sustainable development. DAAD RISE is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates passionate about sustainability to learn from their expertise while getting professional training.

(Open to students enrolled in a U.S., Canadian, British or Irish university)


Water Quality REU in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Yucatan, a popular tourist destination in Mexico, is highly dependent on groundwater. Its staggering population growth led to the contamination and potential depletion of its water supply. The water quality research aims to gauge the contamination level of the aquifer, identify potential sources of contamination and study the importance of the water supply for the community. The program includes rigorous research training at Northern Illinois University and practical experience in Mexico.

(Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents)


Written by Kelly Jean, Class of 2021

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