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Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology and Ecology) (BS)

Why YOU Should Study Abroad

Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:

  • Exposing you to a variety of laws, policies and practices in biology centric environments worldwide;

  • Expanding your knowledge of how science impacts society in a variety of cultures;

  • Challenging you to adapt and persevere under sometimes difficult and harsh social and cultural circumstances;

  • Improving your language and cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations;

  • Enhancing your portfolio of experience through the kinds of hands-on research, community-based opportunities, or critical thinking learning space you will need to compete and succeed in today’s competitive workforce or graduate level programs.

A Message from the School of Life Sciences

“I strongly believe that study abroad provides the opportunity and means to set yourself apart from the pack. I meet with hundreds and hundreds of students who are interested in the health professions. I think professional schools appreciate and are attracted to those students who are willing to get outside their everyday comfort zone. Study abroad provides exposure to different cultures, ways of thinking, and approaching scientific challenges.”

- Scot Schoenborn, Associate Director of Academic Services

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning, and working closely with your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a School of Life Sciences major, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad. Check out our recommended options below:

 

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall -Spring Begin researching study abroad programs
Year 2

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall- Spring Ready to study abroad? Apply to study abroad programs

Option 1: Complete a fall, winter break, spring semester, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 2: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 3

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall - Spring Option 3: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 4: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 4


Fall - Spring Option 5: Complete a fall or winter break study abroad program

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The ASU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has generated a list of required and recommended courses for entry into medical or professional schools. There is no certainty of earning direct credit for these courses at a foreign institution so it is generally advised that students take these requirements at ASU. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (480) 727-6277 to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

  • Visit an advisor during available express appointments each semester by visiting Life Sciences A Wing Room 189.

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?

  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?

  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?

  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?

  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?

  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;

  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;

  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?

  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?

  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?

  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The School of Life Sciences offers scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

SOLS Student Testimonial

“Studying abroad was as much a cultural experience as an academic experience. I learned quite a lot about myself, about people, and about culture. An irreplaceable experience!”

Ariana Henkel, Biological Sciences Major

Recommended Programs

Although students in any major in the School of Life Sciences can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of Life Sciences recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Panama
Unique Features: Students will receive a lifetime experience by being fully immersed in a tropical rain forest field environment. Topics of study will broadly integrate ecology, biodiversity, evolutions, behavior, and physiology, including but not limited to species diversity, adaptation, biogeography, conservation and human-wildlife interactions. Students will also conduct independent research projects under the guidance of ASU faculty.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: South Africa
Unique Features: This unique program will immerse students in the social/cultural, environmental, and economic challenges facing South Africa with its legacies of colonialism and Apartheid, and with the 1994 ratification of one of the world’s most progressive constitutions. We will focus on the social/cultural, environmental, and economic conflicts and opportunities in and around Kruger National Park, associated with the government’s Wildlife Economy policies, from both sustainability and conservation biology perspectives.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Spring Break
Country: Mexico
Unique Features: Examine emerging topics in marine conservation, using Baja California, Mexico (BCS) as a case study. We will focus on the integration of science, practice, socioeconomics, and culture in the context of fisheries, ocean conservation, and coastal livelihoods at BCS, which is known for its rich diversity of fisheries, flora and fauna, and deep cultural connections with marine resources. Topics will include fisheries and aquaculture, responsible ecotourism, marine megafauna ecology and conservation, and the development of innovative fisheries conservation technologies.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: Participate in specially-designed CIEE courses on sustainability and tropical conservation, and explore the sustainability of alternative energy, food systems, agriculture, nature reserves, and tourism in Costa Rica. Take excursions to protected areas of endangered biological and cultural diversity to learn about their threats and what can be done to save them. Live with Costa Rican families and take advantage of the opportunity to intern with local organizations, businesses, or farms dedicated to sustainable development.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: New Zealand
Unique Features: Study at New Zealand’s most prestigious university where student support, clubs, and activities are at the heart of the University of Auckland experience! This modern campus, located in the heart of Auckland’s city center, gives students the opportunity to explore the largest city in New Zealand with its restaurants, entertainment venues, and sporting events--all bordered by Auckland’s three harbors, two mountain ranges, more than fifty islands, and forty-eight volcanic cones! The university offers courses in Biological and Environmental Sciences.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Established in 1971, Griffith University is a young, dynamic university with a focus on issues of global importance and has an established reputation of being one of the nation's leading universities. Marine Animal Diversity and Ecology are some of the subject areas that Griffith University offers, making this is a great program option for ASU Biological Sciences - Conservation Biology and Ecology majors. When not in class, students can explore Gold Coast’s famous surf beaches, national parks, waterways, and mountain ranges.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: Spend a semester in the vibrant and historic city of San Jose while completing up to three courses of college-level Spanish as well as additional electives in areas such as environmental studies and sustainability! Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease the transition into your study abroad experience, and consider adding an optional Service Learning placement to work in the local community. Enjoy excursions to locations such as Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Playa Tamarindo!
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Countries: Multi-Country
Unique Features: Semester itineraries traverse the globe and make port in interesting and diverse destinations that allow students to experience local culture. Port stays provide engaging learning opportunities through in-country field programs and labs as well as independent excursions. Your primary home away from home will be the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea's passenger ship is outfitted as a globe-exploring university; a living-learning community that provides a platform for discussion, coursework, and deep connections all while traveling to new locations.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Turks and Caicos
Unique Features: Develop field research skills, including marine species identification and behavioral observations, biodiversity assessment, survey design and interviewing techniques, field research ethics, data management and analysis, scientific writing and oral presentation, snorkel and scuba skills, and more! During this program, students attend lectures by Department of the Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) officials, and have the opportunity to get involved with the community by engaging in long-term community projects.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Turks and Caicos
Unique Features: Snorkeling and SCUBA diving around South Caicos, students learn field research and monitoring techniques to identify and assess the health of a wide range of marine organisms and habitats. Students learn to identify and observe the behavior of marine species, assess coastal and marine habitats, and quantify fisheries resources through training, observation, and study in the water. In the community, students grapple with the challenges of assessing the rights and needs of local stakeholders and reconciling those with conservation goals.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: The Sustainable Development Studies program provides the opportunity for students to examine the effects of globalization on classic development issues such as agriculture, biodiversity protection, economic development, urban sprawl, population growth, waste management, and water resources. Students learn field research techniques as they examine resource management schemes, identify the benefits of protected areas, and determine which systems offer the best option for economic development, the maintenance of cultural norms and the preservation of biodiversity.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: Join SFS in Costa Rica, known worldwide for its conservation efforts which have attracted millions of tourists to the country’s parks and reserves. Gain experience in natural and social science field research by assisting faculty in the SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies' five-year research plan. Examine the effects of globalization on development issues in Costa Rica, and get involved with the community by engaging in long-term community projects, joining in festivals, participating in short homestay visits, and more!
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: UCD is Ireland's largest university with over 1,300 faculty and 30,000 students. UCD is a member of Universitas 21, a global network of leading research institutions, and students can participate in a research project while taking coursework at UCD. This is a great program for students studying BioDiversity, Marine Community Ecosystems, and Wildlife Conservation and Fisheries Management.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Develop skills relevant to today's workplace in a career-oriented program at the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom. Admission to this exchange program is very competitive, due to its popularity among ASU students who like the variety of courses and the appeal of a large, bustling city in the heart of England. Students can study BioDiversity and Urban Ecology, among other topics!
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Known as Australia’s most international campus, University of New South Wales (UNSW) is located in Sydney, Australia. Students living in Sydney can experience the famous Sydney Harbour, distinct neighborhoods, fantastic beaches, and amazing museums; in fact, Sydney has repeatedly been voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world! At UNSW, students can take a variety of classes, including topics such as Biodiversity, Conservation, and the Marine Environment.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: The University of Queensland is located in Brisbane, a city renowned for fabulous year-round weather and healthy outdoor living. Brisbane is home to people from many cultures, and offers a diverse range of dining alternatives and a thriving arts and cultural scene. It is a perfect stepping stone to the wonders of Queensland--only an hour away from southeast Queensland's beaches, bays, and beautiful hinterland. Study topics such as Zoology, Conservation, Fire Ecology and Management, and Australia’s Terrestrial and Marine Environments!
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Located about an hour from London, Brighton--and the University of Sussex--offer everything an ASU student could need. With the top-rated American Studies program in the United Kingdom, and with students making up 10% of the city's population, you can be confident that you will have plenty of time to interact with local and international students. Students at the University of Sussex can study topics such as Conservation Biology and Conservation in Practice.