Education Abroad

Education abroad offers the opportunity to learn about cultures, histories, and environments different than your own.  Education abroad programs offered in the School of Environment and Natural Resources provide unparalleled experiential learning opportunities and a variety of locations around the globe.  Through studying abroad, one can grow personally and professionally while earning academic credit through hands-on learning experiences.

Education Abroad programs offered through the School of Environment and Natural Resources are high impact learning opportunities that seek to explore a variety of environmental and social issues.  ENR offers five education abroad programs for Ohio State students.

To where can one travel?

There are more than 200 education abroad programs offered through Ohio State. All of these opportunities offer the potential to meet your specific goals, such as studying another language, or fulfill different types of credit depending on the program you choose.  To explore the possibilities, visit the Office of International Affairs education abroad webpage.  The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) offers several opportunities to explore the natural world and the global community we all live in while earning ENR major-related credit. Meet with your advisor to discuss where an education abroad program can fit into your academic plan.

How do students pay for education abroad?

There are a variety of ways to pay for study abroad. Most programs incur a program fee to cover the expenses of going abroad in addition to Ohio State tuition.

  1. The School of Environment and Natural Resources is pleased to offer financial assistance for full-time, undergraduate SENR majors to participate in OSU sponsored, credit-bearing education abroad programs related to the environment and sustainability. This financial assistance is meant to reduce barriers to access for those who would otherwise be unable to participate in education abroad opportunities.  Preference is given to students with acute financial need and limited or no international experience. Access the application HERE. Completed applications can be submitted via email to or in a sealed envelope addressed to Amanda McCann to 210 Kottman Hall.

  • Education abroad programs with application deadlines prior to December 31: scholarship applications are due by 5:00 p.m., October 25, 2017. Students will be notified whether or not they have been selected to receive a scholarship by October 30, 2017.
  • Education abroad programs with applications deadlines January 1 or after: applications are due by 5:00 p.m. December 15, 2017. Students will be notified whether or not they have been selected by December 22, 2017.
  1. A variety of university-level grants are scholarships are available.  All SENR students who are accepted into an ENR or FAES education abroad program are eligible for a scholarship from the College of Food. Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. 


  1. Financial aid can be adjusted, as well. The education abroad coordinator for your program can provide you with a budget letter to take to the Student Financial Aid office in order to adjust your financial aid disbursement.


Education abroad makes the world your classroom.


To apply, visit Buckeyelink and find the application materials under the Academics and Advising Section.


School of Environment and Natural Resources education abroad programs:


Iceland: Environment and Natural Resources

Spend two weeks in the month of June studying on a volcanic landmass studying geology, soil, geothermic energy, agriculture, ecotourism, and Icelandic history.  This program is open to students from all majors.  Participants enroll in a pre-departure course to prepare them for the program.  For more information about Iceland: Environment and Natural Resources, read the latest Iceland student blog!

Australia: Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment

Earn six credit hours during a 3.5-week program in the North Queensland, Australia.  Learn about reef conservation and restoration on the Great Barrier Reef, conduct a koala population survey, camp in the outback, and learn about aboriginal culture during summer term.


New Zealand: Sustaining Human Societies & the Environment

Study the impacts of ecotourism and land management on New Zealand’s south island on a 3.5-week program during summer term.  Earn six credit hours learning about environmental policy, park management, Maori culture, agriculture, and tourism.

Antarctica: Human Impacts on a Fragile Environment

Travel to the Antarctic Peninsula and learn about the history of Antarctic exploration, environmental policy, glaciology, geology, impacts of climate change, and native Antarctic flora and fauna for two weeks during winter break. 

To gain a better sense of what Antarctica has to offer, read about the experiences of 2015 participants Michael Capilupi and Clayton Perry.


Dominican Republic: Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resource Management in the Caribbean

Learn about reforestation efforts, air quality, and water quality issues specific to the Dominican Republic in pre-departure meetings during Autumn semester.  Spend 1.5 weeks during winter break engaging in service-learning with local partners focused on creating water filtration systems for community residents.  Travel to farms to compare and contrast sustainable agriculture practices.

Sustainable and Resilient Tanzanian Community

Learn and apply community development theory to a hands-on, service-learning experience aimed at engendering long-term and sustainable improvements to water access and quality in Marwa village during May session.  SRTC requires a Spring pre-departure course covering relevant community development theory and Tanzanian history, culture, and ecology.