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Study Abroad

International fieldwork is an exciting and long-established tradition in the discipline of geography and gives students the chance to put academic theory into practice and develop project formulation, problem-solving and evaluation skills in an overseas location. Many trips are experiences students will remember for the rest of their lives.

In cooperation with the Office of International Education, the Department of Geography offers a summer-session study abroad program to Iceland and a winter-session study abroad program to South Africa.


Summer Study Abroad (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Environment & Economy in Iceland

The focus of the Summer Study Abroad program to Iceland is to engage students to study firsthand—through applied field science—the interrelationships between the economy and the environment. Iceland is a unique setting for such an endeavor in that it is one of the world’s leaders in innovative energy practices and policies all while also being primarily a resource based economy. The program incorporates the practice of geographical fieldwork in group-based and individual research projects.

During the program, students will enroll in the following two courses, which are both electives in the geography major/minor at SCSU. One of the courses is offered as a writing intensive (w) course—enabling students to fulfill a 'w' requirement linked to an international field experience. 

GEO 470 Field Techniques

Course involves field study in either the southern Connecticut region or an area outside the United States [Iceland]. Areas are visited and mapped, and techniques of field research are studied dealing with the physical and human aspects of the environment. [3 credits]

GEO 305w Environmental Economic Geography

Theory and applications of economic geography to environmental issues. The course outlines four core themes, which all contribute to the understanding of sustainable economic geographies and the roots and compass of an environmental economic geography. The four themes are ecological modernization, natural resources, institutions and environmental governance, and globalization and sustainability. [3 credits]


Winter Study Abroad (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Sustainable Development in South Africa's Western Cape Province

The focus of the program to is to engage students firsthand in the study and analysis of current land use issues and sustainable development practices in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. Students will be exposed to sustainable development initiatives in a variety of environments from the semi-arid Little Karoo Desert to the metropolis of Cape Town. The substantial variety of environments in a rather small geographic area makes the proposed program ideal for a short-term study abroad program.

During the study abroad experience, students will enroll in:

GEO 298—Special Topics

Examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of geography. Prerequisite: sophomore, junior, or senior status. [3 credits]

Contact Us to Learn More

Dr. C. Patrick Heidkamp or the Office of International Education.