Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective to sustainability practices around the world

Sustainability is a global imperative. The environmental, social and economic challenges faced around the world are vastly varying, relying heavily upon geopolitical landscapes and resulting in a multitude of sustainability needs. 

IUPUI offers study abroad courses that expose student to the sustainability challenges of other nations. You can earn course credits and gain enriching, once in a lifetime experiences learning about the sustainability practices employed around the world. 

My time in Costa Rica was life changing. I realized how much we take for granted; resources, people, life in general. 

Amber Greaney, Costa Rica Spring 2019

Study Abroad with IUPUI

As an IUPUI student, you are eligible to apply for more than 250 programs offered by all 8 IU campuses. You will find programs in 52 countries, offered in 17 languages (but most in English). IUPUI offers over 80 programs and IU Office of Overseas Study offers over 380 programs!

Courses Offered at O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

SPEA in the Caribbean is a three-credit course (E482/E582), which seeks to discover how the entire Caribbean island of Bonaire is applying conservation and sustainability techniques to preserve the island’s rich diversity for future generations. One focus of the course will be on how island life has changed in recent years to become more eco-friendly. On the program, you will assist in flora and fauna diversity monitoring projects and will participate in ongoing management programs associated with migratory birds, coral, reef fish, and other organisms, to develop an understanding of the problems and solutions associated with island conservation and sustainability. By taking part in this program, you will gain valuable applied knowledge and research experience in field sampling and experimental design techniques while learning first-hand how conservation and sustainability practices are being implemented to protect and restore the islands terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

SPEA in Costa Rica is a three-credit course (E482/E582/V482/V582). Costa Rica’s global reputation for environmental and sustainability practices is impressive, but these practices are relatively new following a period (from 1950-1990) of extreme forest loss and environmental degradation. The goal of this course is for you to immerse youself in the history and current context of this global sustainability leader to explore critically these cross-scalar (local to global) questions from an integrated economic, social and environmental perspective that distills best practices and lessons learned. Sustainability initiatives related to food and agriculture, forests, energy/resources and community are the main media through which the course explores these themes. A social-ecological systems perspective frames course goals, offering students a foundational understanding of the work of the late Elinor Ostrom (IU distinguished faculty and Nobel Prize winner in Economics) and the relevant theory related to her body of work focused on the sustainability of coupled natural-human systems, namely common pool resources.

SPEA in London is a 3-credit course (V482/V582). This course has been designed to provide students with an in-depth look at the theory, mechanisms and application of blended finance to help them understand how donor countries, development finance institutions, foundations and other stakeholders are working to finance sustainable development by attracting private investors while also allowing them to evaluate its efficacy with a critical eye. London provides the ideal backdrop as one of the primary centers of global finance, allowing students to interface with some of the key institutions, thinkers and practitioners in the field. The backbone of the course will be framed by a book, co-authored by the instructor, published by the OECD in 2018 exploring how to make blended finance work for the SDGs. It will also be supplemented by additional assigned reading paired with site visits and guest lectures by practitioners and researchers employed in the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. The major course requirements include assigned reading, homework covering the reading/viewing, attendance, in-class exercises and participation, engagement with guest speakers and during site visits, two examinations and a final project. An introductory finance course is recommended but not required.

SPEA in Senegal and The Gambia is a three-credit course (V/E 482/582) which explores issues related to rural livelihoods, sustainable agriculture, and natural resource management in Sub-Saharan West Africa. This course will focus on foundational knowledge related to culture, agriculture, economics, and other aspects of rural life in West Africa, as well as a broad range of modern resource management problems including rapid urbanization, rural conflict, and forest conservation. Students will learn from a wide range of local experts and practitioners and will be immersed in the realities of rural live in this part of the world. You will be required to attend pre-departure sessions on the Bloomington Campus prior to your travel to Senegal and The Gambia.

SPEA in South Africa is a three-credit course (E482/V482/E582/V582), focused on wildlife as a case study of South Africa's most high profile and precious resources. Students will observe management philosophies different from those practiced in the US, and will also learn about how culture and post-apartheid policies have influenced these efforts.

After attending three academic sessions and one orientation session stateside, you will travel to approximately 10 natural areas in South Africa and Swaziland, both public and private, over a 14 day period. Through these visits you will learn about techniques, such as how a safe game capture can be made, research, such as bio-monitoring in Kruger National Park, challenges, such as poaching and politics, policy, such as the concept of private game ownership, sustainability, such as establishment of protected areas, and the impacts of ecotourism and the commercialization of national parks. Topics such as working alongside the communtity, funding, and general management practices will also be covered.

SPEA in Vietnam is a three-credit course (E482/V482) exploring issues of environmental sustainability in the context of Vietnam’s rapid economic growth. Join with students of Hanoi University of Science, to learn about threats to environmental quality, ecosystem health, and biodiversity, and about policy and management options to manage these threats. Explore Hanoi urban environments, agricultural practices in rural areas, and protected area management at Tam Dao National Park and the MeLinh Biodiversity Research Station. Your instructors include experts in policy making and conservation, and you will also meet with members of the national government, agricultural experts, and resource managers. Field trips will provide experience in scientific, cultural, political, and historical issues of the region.

Courses offered at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

The IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology offers a 3 credit hour course (OLS 42300) titled GO GREEN, “Green Organizations: Global Responsibility for Economic and Environmental Necessity" from May 10-17, 2020. A portion of this three credit hour course will be taught at IUPUI prior to a one-week portion taught in Marseille, France (see instructor for dates). The class will meet at IUPUI one day in July for a final discussion and closing. This course is open to all IUPUI students.

This is a multidisciplinary course emphasizing sustainability, globalization and French culture.  This course will look at sustainability in France in areas of design, manufacturing, energy, technology, and leadership processes implemented and maintained in industries, businesses, and municipalities for the purpose of being environmentally responsible, energy efficient, cost effective, and socially responsible. (Students will visit industries, businesses, universities, municipalities to see sustainable practices in France. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to visit a number of facilities in Indianapolis to compare information gathered in France).

Contact Professor Pat Fox at psfox@iupui.edu for more information.

The IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology offers a 3 credit-hour course (OLS 42300) titled GO GREEN, “Green Organizations: Global Responsibility for Economic and Environmental Necessity" and takes place in Mannheim, Germany from May 24-31, 2020. However, there are mandatory class dates on the IUPUI campus before and after. This course is open to all IUPUI students.

This is a multidisciplinary course emphasizing sustainability, globalization and German culture.  This course will look at sustainability in Germany in areas of design, manufacturing, energy, technology, and leadership processes implemented and maintained in industries, businesses, and municipalities for the purpose of being environmentally responsible, energy efficient, cost effective, and socially responsible. (Students will visit industries, businesses, universities, municipalities to see sustainable practices in Germany. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to visit a number of facilities in Indianapolis to compare information gathered in Germany).

Contact Professor Pat Fox at psfox@iupui.edu for more information.

Courses by the Department of Earth Sciences

This Spring Break program presents biological, chemical, geological and physical coastal systems concepts to help students make observations and draw conclusions about the dynamics of coastal environments within the context of sustainability and human interactions with those systems. Students will apply the scientific method to a variety of hands-on learning experiences, including labs, field studies and service learning projects. They will also evaluate human impacts and conservation strategies relevant to earth and water resources, both at home in the Midwest, and abroad in the Caribbean’s Virgin Islands.

Students will spend 8 days on the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Each day will consist of two 3 hour sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – in which students will participate in field studies, research, service learning projects, lectures, and/or cultural studies activities. Each day will also include 1-3 hours of recreation time for students to explore the local surroundings or work on their projects. Recreational activities may include guided snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking, beach relaxation, visits to local cultural and historical sites, and/or guided hikes. A 1-2 hour structured instructional activity (discussion, lecture, group project work, video) will occur each evening after dinner.

IUPUI Sustainability

IUPUI Sustainability
Lockefield Village, Room 4408
980 Indiana Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
sustindy@iupui.edu
317.278.1308