Study Abroad Programs for ATOC Majors

CU Education Abroad Course Approvals Search (linked here)
Click this link to find ATOC (and other) courses that are eligibgle for CU credit.

List of programs for ATOC Majors supported by CU (linked here)
Below are the most relevant programs for ATOC majors.  More CU supported programs can be found by clicking the link above.

* Please note that program costs have been taken from the specific program websites and may differ from CU’s program costs. Students studying abroad pay their program costs through CU, and may receive financial aid and scholarships. Organized programs such as SIT and SFS likely have higher costs than those associated with enrollment in a foreign university.

SIT Iceland & Greenland: Climate Change & the Arctic

  • CU’s website:
  • Program website:
  • Term: Spring or Fall
  • Credits: 16
    • 3 credits- Climate Modeling and Carbon Management
    • 3 credits- The Arctic: Changing Ecosystems and Resilience
    • 4 credits- Research Methods and Ethics in the Arctic
    • 6 credits- Research Project in Arctic Climate Protection
  • Cost: $25,000 (approximately, according to the program website)
  • Areas of Study
    • Arctic climate, landforms, and ecosystems
    • Impact of climate change on animal, plant, and human communities in the Arctic and how these communities adjust
    • Climate modeling and trends
    • Renewable energy systems
    • Carbon management
    • Indigenous knowledge of changes in climate
    • Communicating climate change and science
    • Scientific methods, data collection, and ethics of climate research
  • Highlights
    • Explore glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geothermal fields, and waterfalls
    • Destinations in Iceland: Isafjordur, Reykjavik, Akureyri, the highlands
    • Homestay with an Icelandic family in Isafjordur
    • The chance to develop your own climate model
    • See the aurora borealis, go hiking in the fjords, ride Icelandic ponies

* Note: this is similar to the program I did through SIT (I participated in a summer program). I cannot recommend SIT Iceland enough, this is a phenomenal program that highly encourages students to learn about climate change and renewable energy, and explore beautiful Iceland and its culture. Of all of the programs I have listed, this is the one I would most highly recommend to ATOC majors.

Arcadia Scotland: University of Edinburgh

EAE Free University of Berlin

  • CU’s website:
  • Term: Spring, Academic Year (Fall semester is not an option)
    • Spring (Sommersemester): mid-April to mid-July
    • A 6-week intensive German course is required for some students prior to the start of the program
  • Credits: depends
    • 1 credit at FUB corresponds with 0.5 upper-division credits at CU
  • Cost: can be found on CU’s Education Abroad website, depends on student
      • Student pays in-state tuition for CU
      • Wants to study abroad for Academic Year at FUB
      • Est. cost of study at CU during that time: $43,198
      • Est. cost of study at FUB: $31,347 (in this case it’s estimated to be cheaper to study at FUB than at CU)
  • Areas of Study
    • A&S Core
    • A&S Gen Ed
    • ATOC
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Classics
    • Computer Science (A&S)
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Engineering/Applied Sciences
    • Physics
    • English
    • Film
    • Geography
    • Geological Sciences
    • German/Germanic Studies
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Affairs
    • Jewish Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Theater
  • Highlights
    • Berlin has a great arts and music scene, nightlife, history
    • Many international students
    • Many areas of study/ways to receive credits that transfer back to CU
  • Caveat: must speak some German to participate, and the level of on-site support is low

SIT Panama: Panama City Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in Pacific & Caribbean (summer)

SFS Turks & Caicos: South Caicos Applied Marine Research Techniques (summer)

SFS Australia: Yungaburra Watersheds of the Wet Tropics (summer)