Sustainable Study Abroad

Use the information below to find study abroad programs that offer courses/experiences in sustainability studies, environmental science, and other related areas. There are also a variety of educational resources created by the SUNY CIE Sustainable Study Abroad Committee that can assist students, faculty, and staff in learning more about how to make sustainable decisions.

If you would like to nominate a study abroad program to appear here, or have resources to share, please contact Hugh Anderson, SUNY Cortland Assistant Director of Study Abroad.

List of Programs

The SUNY Cortland International Programs Office is providing the following links and resources for information purposes only, and is not directly affiliated with all of the programs listed below.

Name/Description/Link Location Session (Semester, Summer, etc.)

Australia: University of Wollongong (SUNY Albany)

Multiple courses in Sustainable Communities and Environmental Science

Wollongong, Australia

Fall; Spring

Australia: Monash University (SUNY University at Buffalo)

Monash offers degrees in sustainability at the undergraduate and graduate level. Examples of courses include: NUT3006 - Food sustainability systems, ACX2900 - Accounting for sustainability, BTX3100 - Sustainability regulation for business, ECC2360 - Environmental economics, ECC2800 - Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a Globalized world, ECC3640 - Economics of climate change, MGX3100 - Corporate social responsibility and business ethics

Melbourne, Australia

Fall; Spring

China: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (SUNY University at Buffalo)

Courses available in the Departments of Building Environment and Energy Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Course examples include BSE4412 Renewable Energy, BSE4413 Indoor Air Quality Engineering, CSE30331 Air and Noise Pollution Studies for Civil Engineering, CSE30337 Water and Waste Management, CSE40432 Solid and Hazardous Wastes Control.

Hong Kong, China

Fall; Spring; Academic Year

Costa Rica: Universidad Veritas (SUNY Cortland)

Has a wide variety of English-taught sustainability-related courses in Environmental Science, Health, History, Marketing, and Sustainability Studies.

San Jose, Costa Rica

Fall; Spring; Academic Year; Summer

Costa Rica: Sustainable Futures (SUNY University at Buffalo)

This is a service-learning engagement where the studio works on community-identified projects that envision and create futures that are ecologically and socially just. This program focuses on ecological materials and includes hands-on opportunities to explore bio-mimicry, living structures, and repurposed materials.

Monteverde, Costa Rica


Costa Rica: Sustainability in Latin America - Case Study in Costa Rica (SUNY University at Buffalo)

This program is themed around agriculture, energy, and eco-tourism: topics particularly unique to Costa Rica. Students participate in regionally specific tours (e.g., coffee farms, hydroelectric facilities, cloud forest research sites), lectures (e.g., from indigenous community leaders, agriculture representatives, government officials), class discussions, outdoor activities (e.g., hiking, bird watching, beaches), assignments, and reflections intended to highlight sustainability in practice.

Various Locations in Costa Rica Winter
Cuba: Sustainability Studies Abroad in Cuba (SUNY Stony Brook)

SUS 316: Cuba and Sustainability

Havana, Cuba Winter
Denmark or Sweden: DIS Scandinavia (SUNY Albany)

DIS incorporates sustainability into much of their curriculum and Scandinavia is a global leader.
Summer: About 10 courses related to Sustainability across multiple sessions.
Semester: 2 core courses and multiple electives with study tours included.

Copenhagen, Denmark or Stockholm, Sweden Fall; Spring; Academic Year; Summer; Winter

Ecuador: USFQ: Galapagos (SUNY Albany)

Multiple courses in different subjects with a sustainable focus: tourism, conservation, evolution, marine ecology and ore. This program is brand new at SUNY Albany and would be ideal for pioneering students.

Galapagos, Ecuador

Fall; Spring

Ecuador: Quito/Galapagos Ecuador (Stony Brook)

Students engage in real-world applications of science learned in an environmental and sustainability context. Local faculty will hold lectures on topics related to sustainability, ongoing issues in climate change, environmental degradation, and conservation efforts in Ecuador. Through lectures, students will be able to identify characteristics of some endemic species, understand the relationship between environment and species, and comprehend how human action can positively or negatively impact on nature. Visit the SBU study abroad website to apply and contact the coordinator for more details.

Quito, Ecuador; Galapagos, Ecuador

Winter Break

Ecuador: Winter in Ecuador and the Galapagos (Stony Brook)

ANT 315: Following in Darwin's Footsteps

The various environments visited and discussions with local experts will expose students to ongoing issues in climate change, environmental degradation, and conservation efforts.

Galapagos, Ecuador

Winter Break

Egypt: American University in Cairo (SUNY Cortland)

Offers sustainably-themed semester courses in Architectural Design, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Global Public Health, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Migration & Refugee Studies, Public Policy, and Sustainable Development.

New Cairo, Egypt

Fall; Spring; Academic Year; Summer; Winter Break

Finland: University of Oulu (University at Buffalo)

The University of Oulu offers sustainability courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in its Geography Department, such as Tourism, development and Sustainability, Global development issues, Protecting biodiversity through the eyes of geography, Sustainable tourism development in Northern environments, and Sustainable development and the global tourism economy.

Oulu, Finland

Fall; Spring; Academic Year

France: Interior Design 310: Adaptive Reuse: Community Place Making (FIT Faculty-led)

This course is offered to Interior Design students working for three weeks either in an international design office or classroom environment. Students are exposed to strategic planning methods of design and their impact on local redevelopment, and are introduced to the process of critical evaluation of existing city and neighborhood resources, which will support their proposals for an interior design group project. With an emphasis on adaptive reuse and re-purposing existing interior spaces, students will propose design ideas for cultural, residential and commercial uses.

Paris, France


Germany: Fulda University: International Summer University (SUNY Cortland)

Offers a summer course taught in English that focuses on sustainability.

Fulda, Germany 

Ghana: University of Ghana (SUNY Cortland)

Has available semester courses in Environmental Management, Tourism, Ecological Ethics, Economic Development, Geography, and Political Science.

Legon, Ghana

Fall; Spring; Academic Year

Guatemala: Guatemala FLP - Water and the Environment of Guatemala

Water and the Environment of Guatemala is an international field course that prepares students to find solutions to contemporary water resources issues in the developing world. Students will take water samples and analyze water quality data from Lake Atitlán and the surrounding watershed. Based on observations, interactions with residents, and data collection, students will identify sustainable solutions to local water resources problems. Students will also be exposed to Guatemala's natural systems, from volcanoes and climate to soils and biomes as they relate to water.

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Iceland: Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resources Economics (SIT) 

For this program, students will explore multiple aspects of the renewable energy landscape in Iceland, from meeting with various stakeholders in the renewable energy sector, to visiting the different sites where the renewable energy itself is produced. Simultaneously, students will be able to explore all of the beauty and wonders of the Icelandic landscape.

SUNY students can participate through Binghamton, which is slightly more affordable than going directly through SIT. However, it is not mandatory for other SUNY students to go through Binghamton. Students should apply through Binghamton simultaneously with SIT. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but are due no later than March 1. Early application is strongly recommended as this program is popular and tends to book up quickly

Reykjavik, Iceland; Akureyri, Iceland


Iceland: Iceland: Climate Change in the Arctic (Binghamton University)

This program is very excursion based, with consistent trips being a part of the itinerary. It is also particularly research-based. Students complete a 6-credit research project which is at the center of their experience. Students also receive formal instruction on topics related to climate change, as well as have the opportunity to meet and discuss climate models and carbon management from experts. Students will get to conduct fieldwork of their own, informed by SIT's Research Methods and Ethics in the Arctic course.

Various locations in Iceland Fall; Spring
India: Summer in India (Stony Brook)

This course will focus on fundamentals of renewable energy sources, the feasibility of renewable source development assessed through techno-economic and life cycle analysis (LCA), and their positive impact on local communities. Students will explore local culture, enjoy multi-ethnic culinary experience while attending a series of lectures on topics related to Sustainable Future through Renewable Energy. Renewable sources could play a vital role in achieving manageable atmospheric CO 2 levels by 2035. Students will also participate in a special experiential learning excursion to the Himalayas where renewable energy is starting to get interwoven into the society.

Chandigarh, India; Himalayas, India


India: Summer in India (Stony Brook)

CME 491: Sustainable Future through Renewable Energy

Also offered are CME 591 Sustainable Future through Renewable Energy for Advanced Graduate Students, or CME 499 Research in Chemical Engineering for students that have already completed CME 491. Recognized as a City of Peace, students will explore local culture, enjoy multi-ethnic culinary experience while attending a series of lectures on topics related to Sustainable Future through Renewable Energy. Renewable sources could play a vital role in achieving manageable atmospheric CO 2 levels by 2035. This course, jointly taught by local faculty, explores types of renewables that can feasibly and sustainably replace fossil fuels. Students will also participate in a special experiential learning excursion to the Himalayas where renewable energy is starting to get interwoven into the society. This course will focus on fundamentals of renewable energy sources, the feasibility of renewable source development assessed through techno-economic and life cycle analysis (LCA), and their positive impact on local communities. Students have the opportunity to be considered for a paid internship placement.
Panjab, India


Ireland: University College Cork (SUNY Cortland)

Named World's Best University in Recycling and Sustainability for 2019, UCC has a number of semester courses related to the environment, sustainability, and how to combat climate change. Courses of interest include those in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography and Plant Science.

World's Best University in Recycling and Sustainability

Cork, Ireland

Fall; Spring; Academic Year

Ireland: Trinity College Dublin Semester 628 (SUNY Geneseo)

This institution has a department of Environmental Sciences within its Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science in addition to economics classes within its Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dublin, Ireland Fall; Spring; Academic Year
Israel: Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (SUNY Oneonta)

The Arava Institute offers students an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural environment with others who are equally passionate about building a more sustainable future. No other program in the Middle East brings together students from such varied political, cultural, and religious backgrounds to live, study, and learn from one another. In this multicultural setting, students form personal connections and develop skills that enable them to lead their communities to address today’s most pressing environmental challenges. All courses have an environmental sustainability focus, and there is a peace building seminar included to connect environmental solutions with peace building solutions. All majors are welcome, even if they are not environmental sustainability students.

Kibbutz Ketura, Israel Fall; Spring; Academic Year

Japan: Akita International University (SUNY Oswego)

A number of courses are available, including:

SUS200 Sustainable Futures: Concepts, Issues and Actions 3 (Winter; must be enrolled in previous fall) 

SUS205 Sustainability Education  3 (Fall)

SUS300 Empirical Concepts and Methods of Sustainability Science 3 (Spring)

SUS310 Conservation and Sustainable Development 3 (Spring)

SUS370 Remote Sensing Applications in Sustainability Science 3  (Fall)

Akita, Japan

Fall; Spring; Winter

Japan: Japan - Rikkyo University Semester Exchange (SUNY Geneseo)

This leading liberal arts teaching and research institution is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programs and projects. Students have the option to take several sustainability-related classes taught in English.

Toshima, Tokyo, Japan

Fall; Spring; Academic Year

Kenya: Turkana Basin Institute - Global Innovation Summer (Stony Brook)

Engineering for the Developing World (EAS 312)
Global Design Engineering Innovation (EAS 310)
Change lives this summer with your creative solutions to real problems for real people in Kenya! This program is designed for students who have an interest in innovative designs and engineering geared toward the developing world. Using the Turkana Basin Institute as the base for their fieldwork, students will work in interdisciplinary teams and try to make a positive global and local impact through fieldwork and case studies.

The courses will also introduce students to the main principles of engineering and discuss the details of providing a standard of living that is adequate for human settlement in developing countries. The discussions will be based on the social, geo-political, and infrastructural elements in Ileret, Kenya. Students will be exposed to a comparison between the resources available in developed countries and those available in rural areas and/or areas of limited resources. Understanding such differences will help prepare our students for future challenges at a global scale.
Ileret, Kenya Summer
Madagascar: Fall in Madagascar; Summer in Madagascar; Winter in Madagascar (Stony Brook)

Courses, internships and independent research are available in areas relating to sustainability (Usually for ANP: Biological Anthropology credit). While based at Centre ValBio research station overlooking the rainforest and the rapids of the Namarona River, participants can work on an experiential learning project with experts in environmental arts, health care, conservation education, IT and engineering, water and climate, or herpetology.

Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Fall; Summer; Winter Break

Madagascar: Madagascar - HIST 284: History, Environment, and Conservation (SUNY Geneseo)

This program is an environmental history course that will examine the relationship between humans and the environment in Madagascar. Students will be able to experience first hand the ways humans have shaped Malagasy landscapes and how people have adapted to the island nation’s unique environment.

Tana, Madagascar

Winter Break

Netherlands: Hanze University of Applied Sciences (SUNY Oneonta)

Program options: Sustainable Energy Professional, Renewable Energy, Materials, and Processing, Wind Energy, & Energy and Society. Students must choose only one program to study under from the program options.

Groningen, Netherlands Fall; Spring; Academic Year; Summer

Netherlands: Netherlands - University of Groningen Exchange 744 (SUNY Geneseo)

This popular exchange program offers students the chance to take a wide variety of courses through their various faculties (schools), including the Faculty of Spacial Sciences, which includes many geography and environment-related coursework.

Groningen, Netherlands

Fall; Spring; Academic Year

Norway: Politics and Practices of Climate Change (SUNY Purchase)

Norway is an ideal location for learning about climate change and sustainability. The country was named the European Green Capital in 2019 by the European Commission and is renowned for its environmental policies, strong focus on renewable-energy production, and comprehensive environmental regulatory system.
This 6-week summer course combines synchronous and asynchronous learning in the U.S. with hands-on experiential learning in Norway. Narrowing in on the fundamental impact of globalization and the global economy on climate change, the course will explore social and ecological theory that resituates the political economy of ecology within social relations and institutions, cultural values, and the politics of power. Using a comparative approach, students apply accumulated knowledge to working definitions of climate change and identify real-world challenges to sustainability in diverse local environments.
Students live together at a centrally located youth hostel in Oslo. Through classroom lectures, discussions, and excursions, students will not only learn about environmental issues affecting Norway, but their own communities as well. Field trips include places such as a waste processing and heating plants, government buildings, libraries, museums, and other green and ecology focused sites.

Oslo, Norway


Tanzania: Summer in Tanzania (Stony Brook)

SUS 405 Environmental Sustainability in Tanzania
ANT 311 Immersion in Another Culture
EHM 360 Sustainability and Travel Abroad for Grad Students
Global Immersion is available for Nursing students
Stony Brook University offers students the opportunity to experience the cultural environment of northern Tanzania on an academic and service-learning safari. The itinerary includes one week at Stony Brook University campus with an intensive classroom introduction to the history, culture, environment and Kiswahili (the national language of Tanzania), followed by three weeks “in country” at four different locations. This latter portion of the schedule will includes a four day safari to game parks including: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. A portion of the program focuses on health facilities and delivery systems in this developing country in addition to culture and environment.
Various locations in Tanzania Summer

Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago - University of the West Indies Exchange 353 (SUNY Geneseo)

This institution offers a multitude of course offering related to sustainability through their Faculty of Food and Agriculture (Trinidad and Tobago) as well as through their Faculty of Science and Technology & Faculty of Social Sciences (all three campuses).

St. Augstine, Trinidad and Tobago; Cave Hill, Barbados; Mona, Jamaica Fall; Spring; Academic Year

Uganda: Development Fieldwork in Uganda 1067 (SUNY Geneseo)

This program is a joint initiative of SUNY Geneseo and Kaya that provides students the opportunity to engage in grassroots development work with a local NGO in Uganda for 8-9 weeks over the summer. FSD-Jinja Uganda works with more than 30 community-based organizations in the Jinja and Masaka districts to support sustainable development and provide opportunity for interns, volunteers, and donors to make a lasting impact at the community level.
Masaka, Uganda; Jinja, Uganda Summer

United Kingdom: United Kingdom - Bath Spa University Exchange 1048 (SUNY Geneseo)

In this institution, there are courses in conservation, environmental sciences, global development and sustainability, geography, and economics.

Bath, United Kingdom Spring; Academic Year

United States: Hawaii: Ecotourism (SUNY Cortland)

Take part in volunteer projects such as removing plastic debris from marine sites and learn how sustainable tourism initiatives are taking hold on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Kona, Hawaii, United States Summer

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More Information

Contact Hugh Anderson, SUNY Cortland Assistant Director of Study Abroad, for more information on sustainability in the area of study abroad. Hugh can be contacted at or by calling the SUNY Cortland International Programs Office at 607-753-2209.