Study Abroad

2014 Program Dates Now Available!

EFTI faculty are involved in experiential education notably via the Study Abroad Program. The programs are largely conducted in partnership with American Universities International Programs (AUIP) and coordinated with UF International Center. The programs offer UF students an opportunity to earn academic credits while traveling extensively as a group with UF faculty and local field guides throughout different regions in the world. These programs offer an interdisciplinary approach in many different fields associated with TRSM-EFTI.

Currently, several study abroad opportunities are offered and led by EFTI faculty in the following destinations:

    1.  Antarctica
    2. Australia (Northern Queensland)
    3. Australia (Sydney)
    4. Fiji
    5. New Zealand
    6. New Zealand: Service Learning
    7. Peru: Tourism Crisis Management

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Pre-Departure Information

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TRSM is proud to announce that scholarships are available for their Australian and Fijian study abroad programs, Summer A 2014.
The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Friday, February 21st by 5pm (EST)


Semester: Fall (Last year: December 19-30, 2013)
Credits: 6 (transfer credits)

In conjunction with SUNY-Brockport.

This program explores the Antarctica and adjacent sub-Antarctic region (such as Tierra del Fuego and the Southern Ocean), including its history, geology, climate, and marine and terrestrial biology. Special attention is given to contemporary legal, psychological, and anthropological aspects of human activity in the region, conservation of ecosystems, and sustainable use of natural resources.

Application Deadline: 2014 dates not yet available. 

Australia – North Queensland

Semester: Summer A (May 15 – June 12, 2014)
Credits: 6 (LEI 4955/6931: Humans and the Environment – Sustainability)
Cost: $6,578 (undergraduate); $7,074 (graduate)

Program focus is on topics related to sustainable development (sustaining human societies and the natural environment) through educational travel, field trips, active participation, lecture presentations and seminars, and coursework exercises. The goal of this course is using the Queensland, Australia case to integrate the different perspectives of diverse natural, biological, and social science disciplines to improve understanding of relationships between human societies and the natural environment. The impact of humans on natural resources and their sustainable use and conservation will be emphasized.

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Application Deadline: February 28, 2014

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Australia – Sydney

Semester: Summer A
Credits: 3

This program focuses on urban sustainability in/around Sydney, Australia. Topics include urban planning and development (including energy conservation and climate, housing, and transportation), conservation of natural resources for human use (tourism, recreation, and agriculture), and indigenous/social change. These issues are examined through educational travel (field trips and activities), a service learning project, classroom presentations and seminars, and field modules. As home to nearly a quarter of Australia’s population, and students will explore the cultural diversity of this metropolis, the management and conservation of protected areas for nature-based recreation and tourism, and the impact of humans on an urban environment (including topics such as energy conservation, carbon emissions and climate change, and water conservation).



Semester: Summer A (June 11-23, 2014)
Credits: 3 (LEI 4955/6931: Humans and the Environment – Sustainability)
Cost: $2,283 (undergraduates); $2,531 (graduate)

Program will examine human and cultural aspects of Fijian ecology and the conservation, preservation, and management of Fiji’s unique system of marine, coastal, and mountain/rainforest natural resources. Students will explore the management and conservation of natural resources with a focus on issues related to human use of plant, forestry, wildlife, ecology, recreation and tourism, and/or coastal/water resources. The impact of humans on these resources will also be emphasized, including a long term historical perspective.

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Application Deadline: February 28, 2014 

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New Zealand

Semester: Summer A

Program focus is on the sustainable development of the country’s unique land and cultural resources. Through an interdisciplinary and experiential approach, students will have the opportunity to explore the dynamic cultures and natural environments of the region by traveling extensively as a group with UF faculty and local field experts. In addition, students will participate in cultural excursions and activities, including participating in ancient cultural ceremonies, and service learning projects.


New Zealand: Service Learning

Semester: Summer A (May 26 – June 19, 2014)
Credits: 6 (transfer credits)

In conjunction with SUNY-Brockport.

This 25-day study abroad program will examine ecological restoration and resource conservation of New Zealand’s North Island through an active engagement in service learning projects. New Zealand is at the forefront of restoring degraded habitat by reintroducing native animals and original native flora after removing animal pests. Students will learn about restoration approaches and how they can lead to improvements in biodiversity conservation and carbon offsetting through classroom lectures and field trips. They will then use their knowledge to assist community groups with long-term restoration projects. The course will include an examination of Maori conservation values and culture and how these social aspects influence restoration outputs.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

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Peru: Tourism Crisis Management

Semester: Spring Extended (May 5-11, 2014)
Credits: 3

Imagine traveling to one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites to explore topics such as culture, environment, natural resources, sustainable development, crisis management, and tourism planning and development. In this program, you will work with the local Ministry of Environment to address issues related to tourism and managing for disasters. In 2010, nearly 30 thousand people were stranded at Machu Picchu because of torrential rainfalls which caused rivers to burst their banks and wash away roads. You will travel with students from Universidad San Ignatius de Loyola (USIL) in Lima and work together to provide recommendations for safety and security to SERNANP (Ministry of the Environment). On this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Peruvian dance show, hike the Peruivian rain forest, and spend time in the field visiting and meeting with tourism officials, local tour operators, and professors from USIL with expertise in tourism in Peru.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

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