If you love our planet and believe in making big ideas happen, you are already part of an international movement that can and will stop global warming. On study abroad, you can help reverse the effects of climate change alongside scientists, policymakers and fellow innovators. You can take action to conserve, protect and sustain the most precious natural resources on our planet this year. 

Here are six study abroad programs that can help you stop climate change.

Explore tropical biodiversity and conservation in Costa Rica

San Luis Waterfall in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Forests, both wet and dry, marine habitats and cloud forests deliver a spectacular place to study biology. In these environs, conservation and sustainability is second nature. Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Bosque Eterno de los Niños, where thousands of plant and animal species make their home.

What you can do:

  • Take a foundational course on integrative biology
  • Hike the cloud forest, camp in a national park and stay in a field station as a scientific field researcher
  • Examine biodiversity in the tropics, the effects of rich diversity and causes of extinctions
  • Measure the effects of sustainable forestry and conservation methods on food production
  • Review the natural history of organisms from the perspective of a biodiverse community

Learn more about Tropical Biology & Conservation in Monteverde


Learn environmental resource management in Israel

Beautiful rock in Negev, Israel
Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva is leading the way in developing environmental policies and conserving natural resources (particularly water) to support sustainable development in the Middle East.

What you can do:

  • Open case studies and policies that address environmental challenges like pollution (both local and global)
  • Visit companies and learn how they are working to sustainably support a clean environment in the face of new technology and population growth
  • Get an inside view of how water experts and policy makers negotiate to distribute water in a desert environment and across conflict zones (between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon)
  • Join field observations and discover how Israel’s natural resources are developed and managed within a complex local environment, economy and social scene

Learn more about study abroad at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The natural resource management course at Ben-Gurion was taught by one of the
top researchers and influencers in transboundary water sustainability, Dr. Clive Lipchin. The course detailed strategies like groundwater aquifers, drip irrigation and greenhouses, and technologies like water filtration and desalination plants for varying climates. I learned important lessons on how sustainability is related to conflict, equity and the economy in the Middle East.

Cassidy Craford, UC Davis

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


Contribute to sustainable development in the Pacific Islands

Ocean and jungle scene in the Solomon Islands
Native populations and development investors are placing heavy demands on the distinctly beautiful but ecologically fragile Pacific Islands. As a student field researcher, you can help create smarter, more sustainable development practices to protect the natural environment, biodiversity and local communities in the Solomon Islands.

What you can do:

  • Conduct coastal water quality tests at the Moreton Bay Research Station on Australia’s North Stradbroke Island
  • Assess marine pollution levels resulting from forestry and mining development
  • Review local community health concerns, including E. coli counts, near the Matanikau River and the Honiara Hospital

Learn more about the Pacific Island Environment and Community Health program


Discover sustainable engineering and entrepreneurship in Germany

Cityscape of Munich, Germany

Reducing the environmental impact of transportation and developing smart environments are important topics for sustainable entrepreneurship and enterprise. Undergrads of all majors—particularly in mechanical, automotive, electrical, and industrial engineering—can spend a summer in Munich learning how to build with the future of our planet in mind.  

What you can do:

  • Learn how to launch a sustainable product or business in the the hands-on Sustainability Entrepreneurship course
  • Develop a business model, build a prototype and learn to pitch your idea to investors
  • Network with fellow innovative thinkers and business experts from all over the world
  • Visit multinational and global companies like BMW, Apple, Siemens and Microsoft

Learn more about the Engineering for Sustainability program in Munich


Examine greenhouse effects and rescue sea turtles in Barbados

How you can stop climate change with study abroad
The University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus is taking a leading role in a number of current global environmental and ecological situations. Some of their initiatives include the invasion of Sargassum seaweed, what to do about the Giant African Snail, and the monitoring and conservation of migratory sea turtle populations.

What you can do:

  • Investigate the effects of radiation, climate variability and greenhouse gases on the ocean’s composition
  • Explore population growth, pollutants, land use and coastal zone practices as sources of environmental deterioration
  • Get extensive training in effective sea turtle conservation techniques through the Barbados Sea Turtle Project

Learn more about study abroad at the University of the West Indies


Study climate change and nature conservancy in New Zealand

How you can stop climate change with study abroad
This study abroad program at Lincoln University is ideal if you’re interested in biological science, ecology, biochemistry and any other field impacted by global warming.

What you can do:

  • Learn from researchers and professors who are actively raising international awareness on climate change
  • Take small classes focusing on environmental concerns like resource depletion, air and water pollution and global warming
  • Complete an independent research project or volunteer in a community-based project and actively develop solutions to current global environmental problems
  • Attend lectures, workshops and field trips organized by the Conservation & Ecology Student Network

Learn more about the Sustainability & Environmental Management program

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How to help stop global climate change