The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Study Abroad

Costa Rica 

Climate Justice

At this historic moment when fierce debates over our planet’s natural resources are taking place everywhere, this program—which takes place in Tucson and in Costa Rica and is taught by climate justice leaders, water-, food- and energy experts, and local economy visionaries--focuses on how personal and community resiliency are created in a time of climate change, with compassion.   The program has three parts: 1) an overview of the personal and community character traits and skills necessary to bring about the cross-sector movement building, or resiliency work, taking shape around the world as the climate quickly shifts; 2) a review of the rapidly changing documentation—scientific, academic, artistic, testimonial--about this movement; 3) personal stories about the lived experience of building these movements from powerful leaders, many of them young.  Students will spend their days in a combination of community-based work (planting trees and gardens, installing water systems, gathering data about rivers), site visits, class discussion, and time by rivers to sit, meditate, and reflect. 




Rainforest Biodiversity

Spend your winter break in the Amazon rainforest exploring one of the world’s most biodiverse regions! You will contribute to the biodiversity and conservation research at an Ecuadorian field station hosted by the local Huaorani tribe. Want to stay longer? Extend your program by 7-days to include field studies along Ecuador's Pacific Coast.

Watch a video to learn more about this amazing program.


Desert Ecology and Convservation Biology

This program provides an opportunity to conduct hands-on field research while learning about different ecosystems, their conservation status and management options within the Namibian context.  Students experience Namibia’s extraordinary natural beauty by visiting field research stations, reserves, national parks and conservation organizations.

Watch a video to learn more about this amazing program.


Community Based Conservation

Join us in Nepal where field work meets culture during this six-week community-based conservation program. Explore Nepalese communities and learn about the cultural influences of two distinct religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as the economic value of conservation in rural communities. Exploring Chitwan National Park will allow students to see and learn about 70 species of mammal including large populations of rhinoceros, tigers and elephants as well as 500 species of birds. 


Conservation Biology

This program will introduce participants to one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and we will use the local environment as a laboratory to learn field research techniques and methodology. Students will experience firsthand the critical role that field biologists play in conservation and gain a perspective of social and cultural context of the region.




For UA Study Abroad Infomation contact: 


Global Initiatives


For School of Natural Resources and the Environment Information:

Katie Hughes, Academic Advisor

621-7260, Environment and Natural Resources 2, room N321,


Dr. John Koprowski, Assistant Director for Academic Programs

621-7280, Environment and Natural Resources 2, room N335,

Dr. Koprowski can do all the stuff Katie can do. He also teaches the Nepal course!