Students may participate in study abroad programs as a way to complement and enhance their academic goals and learning experience. While many programs are open to all majors, the following are especially enriching for Urban and Environmental Studies students:

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

In the Costa Rica Tropical Science & Culture summer course, students tour numerous interior and coastal locations around Costa Rica, including the Caribbean coast, the Central Valley, the cloud forest region, and the Pacific coast, staying at numerous field stations and hotels. Tropical wildlife is examined within the cultural context of this beautiful and ecologically diverse Central American country. Nesting marine turtles, tropical cloud forests, rain forests, cave ecology and the cultural contexts of religion, politics, dance, music, food, and art are just some of the topics that are examined during this extensive 18 day summer abroad experience. This program is administered by the Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) Office in Seaver College of Science and Engineering and is open to all academic majors. This three unit elective course is directly transferred to students’ LMU transcripts and counts toward the completion of their degrees. For more detailed information about this program visit the program brochure here.

Bonn, Germany

For UREV students who are also interested in math and science, Seaver College of Science and Engineering and CURes offer a semester abroad program in Bonn, Germany. The Bonn Science Program allows students to progress in their core curriculum courses and electives in a country that has a long history of significant scientific achievement as well as one at the cutting edge of creating sustainable communities. Through class and program excursions and special presentations, students will gain exposure to important scientific work and urban ecology being carried out in Germany and the European Union while also experiencing and learning about the German lifestyle and culture. Course offerings and program emphasis vary by semester. For more detailed information about this program visit the program brochure here.

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