Published: Jan. 20, 2021 By
Photo taken during an onsite Global Seminar in Brazil

Two of Education Abroad’s faculty-led Global Seminars are going virtual this summer! Conservation & Indigenous Peoples in Tanzania and Conservation Biology & Practice in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.

Wait. What? Study abroad at home? We know “virtual” and “study abroad” aren’t an obvious combination, but it has some surprising advantages. Virtual programs allow for more accessibility, are less expensive and still offer an amazing cultural opportunity and global foundation for your degree.

Beyond the Serengeti: An examination of Conservation & Indigenous Peoples in Tanzania

ANTH 4020 | 3 credits 
Students on the Tanzania virtual program will have the opportunity to learn about East African cultures, try their hand at the Swahili language and connect with amazing people on the African continent. Guest lecturers include top experts in their field, from safari guides to indigenous leaders, many of whom are on the ground to show students the location and animals they’re learning about (including on a live game safari).

While you may not be spending the summer wandering the winding streets of Arusha, you can still gain meaningful cultural experiences at a fraction of the onsite program cost. This is a great option for any student looking to dip their toes into an international experience and stand out to future employers, whether they’re looking to pursue international development, environmental conservation work, medicine, law, education or the corporate world.

Learn more at the info session on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m. You can hear more from director Laura DeLuca, known to students as Mwalimu (Swahili for teacher), and Twiga (her emotional support giraffe) at this CWA Picnic with Professors. Or, check out the A&S Magazine article “Tanzania or bust, with the help of Zoom.”

Don’t forget to join Education Abroad at the CU Summer Abroad Expo on Jan. 26 to learn details about these virtual options and many more!

Conservation Biology & Practice in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

EBIO/ENVS 4340 | 4 credits in 2.5 weeks 
Students on the Brazil virtual program will interact with some of the world’s most accomplished conservation biologists. Students in this course will explore questions such as: What is it about a species’ biology that makes it vulnerable to anthropogenic stressors? How do we develop a species conservation plan that is in line with socioeconomic development for local communities, which are otherwise in conflict with conservation goals?

This program offers opportunities to learn how conservation action is accomplished in one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. You’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with instructors to guide you through activities and assignments. Plus, be a part of several fun cultural activities, such as meetups with local Brazil students and a cooking class from a Brazilian kitchen!

Learn more at the info session on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m.

Virtual internships

If faculty-led isn’t your thing, you can start your international career this summer with a virtual internship. Work remotely from the local coffee shop, your couch or home office, and network with colleagues all around the world. Participate in a full-time Global Internship (25–35 hours per week) and earn 5–6 credits toward your degree; or intern for 10–15 hours per week and earn 3 credits on an EA Internship.

It could be possible to join in on a happy hour in Dublin then experience a live tour of the Eiffel Tower in the same day! Embrace the virtual experience now for your résumé and go abroad to meet your new colleagues later on in the future. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, so get on it!