At present, the programs with the most possibilities for Sustainability-related courses are exchange programs, which allow students to access a vast range of coursework at foreign universities. The UI sponsors a number of exchanges around the world, notably in the UK, Australia, and Northern Europe.
USAC programs in the Caribbean offer a variety of courses related to the environment that may be of interest to students of sustainability. USAC course offerings are subject to yearly change.
CIEE has a specialized program in Sustainability and the Environment in Monteverde, Costa Rica. This program is designed for students interested in learning and studying about tropical conservation and sustainable development to ensure future biodiversity and human welfare. Students study the intersection of humans and their impact on natural systems and how environmental issues influence economics and society. This is done through coursework and an internship in the Monteverde region, as well as visits to national parks throughout Costa Rica. It includes specially designed CIEE courses on environment, sustainability, and conservation, as well as visits to businesses, NGOs, and grassroots projects that practice sustainability and effective conservation.
The India Winterim program includes several courses taught by UI faculty over Winter Break on a variety of topics, including sustainability. Please see the program page for a description of the current courses offered.
The Regents Semester in Ireland has course offerings in the fields of Environmental Science and Environmental Studies which may be of interest to students of sustainability.
Likewise, the Regents Semester in Wales offers coursework in Pure & Applied Ecology, Biochemistry, Biology, and Marine Biology.
The University of Iowa proudly participates in a number of exchange programs with universities in the United Kingdom. The Lancaster Exchange has course offerings in Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, and Ecology.
SIT World Learning Semesters: Programs involving field study. SIT Study Abroad programs in sustainable development examine current concepts and debates in international development and consider how a host of factors—both internal and global—contribute to economic and social development patterns in the host country. Students are challenged to consider the interrelated issues that determine the sustainability of development efforts aimed at different sectors and groups. With programs in multiple regions, SIT participants study a wide array of subjects in diverse locations. These include energy policies and diversification efforts in the Gulf, shifts in public policy to achieve alternative development paradigms in Chile, emerging patterns of social entrepreneurship in Nepal, social change and social justice in India, and localized agricultural and artist cooperatives in Uganda.
IES Abroad: Environmental Studies & Sustainability in Freiburg, Germany: The Environmental Studies & Sustainability Program allows you to explore important topics in Environmental Studies in English, while living in Freiburg, a center of the modern environmental movement. Organized in cooperation with the Forest Ecology and Management Program at the distinguished Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, the program offers English-taught courses at the first-year Master’s level alongside German and international graduate students. IES Abroad students take a series of modules that focus on methods and practices for sustainable management of natural resources, both in Freiburg’s local ecosystem and in ecosystems worldwide.
Students study topics such as human effects on the environment, ecological processes within ecosystems, and the management of natural resources, with emphasis on the adaptive management of forests. Students also participate in German language courses at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. Field study trips to the Swiss Alps, the Rhine River Valley, and the Black Forest, as well as a variety of cultural events and activities, round out the program. To help make study abroad more sustainable, IES Abroad will purchase a carbon offset for the approximate round-trip air travel for each student attending this program. Participating students should have a basic knowledge of topics in environmental studies. Optional module courses may require additional prerequisites.