College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

Studying abroad in ENSP

Studying abroad is now considered an important part of a student's education. Accordingly, financial aid and scholarships(link is external) can apply to study abroad programs.

Overseas experiences give deep insight into other cultures and ecosystems and are great ways to complement your Maryland coursework. 

Simply "getting outside the mid-Atlantic ecosystem" environmentally and politically can be another big eye-opener, so explore American off-campus study opportunities, as well.

There are a myriad of study abroad opportunities for ENSP students - be sure to check out Education Abroad's website(link is external) for instructions on how to explore programs and get your application started!

Some popular programs for ENSP students:

  • UMD-Winter: New Zealand: Sustainable Ecosystems (PLSC/ENSP)
  • UMD-Winter:  Germany and Italy: Energy, Climate Change and Options for a Low-Carbon Economy (AREC/ECON)
  • The School for Field Studies - Wildlife Management Studies
  • USAC Costa Rica: Life and Health Sciences, Spanish and Culture Studies in San Ramon
  • Maryland-in-Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Maryland-in-Nice (France)
  • UMD-Winter: Belize: Mayan Culture and Tropical Biology (BSC/LASC)
  • UMD-Winter: Peru: Medicinal Plants of the Amazon (PLSC)
  • EcoQuest New Zealand
  • CIEE programs in Costa Rica (Sustainability & the Environment); Berlin, Germany (Global Sustainability & Environment)

Steps to Study Abroad:

  1. Attend Study Abroad 101(link is external)
  2. Explore Programs and Courses(link is external).    Find a program that not only meets your destination criteria, but also matches what you’re learning in your ENSP major!
  3. Meet with an advisor(link is external) in the Education Abroad office.  Your EA advisor will help develop your goals, and answer questions regarding finances, academics and other concerns.
  4. Meet with your ENSP advisor.  If you have already declared a concentration, meet with your faculty advisor first to determine how the courses you plan to take abroad will fit into your graduation plan  (Note:  many students end up using roughly 3 study abroad courses to count as Restricted Electives).  Then, meet with Angela so she can review what has been approved. 
  5. Complete an online application through the myEA application portal and commit to a program
  6. Complete the course pre-approval process.  Using the Permission to Study Abroad form given to you by the EA Office, we identify the courses and alternatives you plan to take abroad and determine how they will count toward your ENSP program.  Both your faculty advisor and Angela will sign this form.
  7. Pre-departure activities:  attend orientation, get your visa, secure finances
  8. Enjoy your time abroad!


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