Study Abroad

Why Study Abroad?

There are lots of excellent reasons to take a semester to study abroad, including:

  • Hands-on Field Experience: Study abroad provides an opportunity to discover new strengths and skills, surmount new challenges, and solve new problems. You will encounter unfamiliar situations and learn to adapt and respond in effective and efficient ways.
  • Personal Development: Develop new skills, a greater self-confidence, independence, and self-reliance. Learn to adapt to different situations and effectively manage time. Become a more open minded and educated individual.
  • Resume Building: International experience is ranked high among many employers as a critical asset for prospective employees. Study abroad shows that you are resourceful, adventurous, internationally minded, and diverse.

When is the Best Time to Study Abroad?

For ENVS students, the best time to complete study abroad is after you have completed you ENVS Core and supporting sciences courses. Typically, students will do their semester abroad during the spring semester of their junior year.

NOTE: USF requires that 16 credits of Upper Division Electives be completed at USF, so most students will only receive degree credit for one ENVS elective while abroad. 


Study Abroad Programs for ENVS Students

the School for international training (sit)

SIT is an immersive, field-based study abroad program that encourages students to step beyond the boundaries of the classroom to analyze the critical issues shaping local communities around the globe. The program offers semesters/summers abroad in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. They build their programs around critical global issues (CGIs), and most programs address two CGIs within specific and cultural geographical contexts or comparatively across several countries and contents. The current SIT CGIs are:

  • Climate & Environment
  • Development & Inequality 
  • Education & Social Change
  • Geopolitics & Power
  • Global Health & Well-being
  • Identity & Human Resilience
  • Peace & Justice

For more information on SIT, please click here.

The school for field studies (sfs)

SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Their educational programs explore the social and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by communities around the globe. SFS helps students develop practical skills through hands-on, experiential learning. Some locations for SFS study abroad include Tanzania, Australia, Turks & Caicos Islands, Cambodia, Kenya, and more!

For more information on SFS, please click here.


*For more information and resources on USF's study abroad, please click here.