Studying in a different environment whether abroad or somewhere else in the US provides a unique experience for every student. It provides an opportunity to learn more about yourself and the world we live in. Sustainability is a very global field. The challenges of sustainability will vary from place to place so it is useful to engage with other cultures and people. Sustainability majors in particular can develop a more globalized perspective and approach which can help to shape their future endeavors.
There are many options for Xavier students to learn outside the classroom and away from campus. Whether you want to be gone for the semester, the summer or the week and if you aren't sure about leaving the country, there is an option for you too!
Some opportunities which might be of specific interest to sustainability students include:
These are not the only options. If there is somewhere you have always wanted to go and learn about, talk to your advisor and the Center for International Education to make it happen! You can also apply to create your own international research experience anywhere in the world as a Winter-Cohen Brueggeman Fellow.
Whether you know you want to study abroad or you just want more information, Xavier's Center for International Education can help you on your journey.
"My study abroad experience has added to the value of my degree and major in many ways. Learning about the culture and their economy has enlightened my thinking about the world as a global infrastructure and how humans are humans. No matter where we are, we all need to play our part in taking care of our planet." - Chelsea (Greece)
"I was able to participate in the Environmental Justice program in Sweden. The courses offered are all centered around social and environmental justice topics. Having the opportunity to actually visit and speak with professionals in the field helped me make connections that I never thought I would have the chance to make." - Laura (Sweden)
"Looking back at my time at Xavier, I am so thankful I took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. I The opportunity to interact with students and professionals from different places but with the same passion for sustainability was truly inspiring. This inspiration and my fond memories provided renewed motivation when I returned to campus and as I look to the future." - Maggie (Iceland)