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Biological and Environmental Science Abroad
Immerse yourself in a new and exciting environment while earning UC credit and making rapid progress towards your degree. Among many fascinating topics, you can study biochemistry, global climate change, conservation and sustainability, zoology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, physiology, and more. Additionally, you can get a practical and deeper understanding of course topics through experience-based research and internships.
 

UCEAP alumni have a 97% success rate in receiving credit toward their major.

 

Programs for Your Major

Below are featured programs with excellent student reviews, a wide availability of courses, and unique academic opportunities in biology and environmental science. These are only a few of the opportunities available to you on UCEAP. For a comprehensive list of programs in your major, see the UCEAP program search under the subject areas: biological sciences and environmental studies
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Plant Biology, Zoology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall
 
Participate in innovative research in the diverse marine ecosystems of Queensland. This program will take you from the bio-rich Australian rainforest around Lamington National Park to nesting turtles at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Study marine biology and human and terrestrial ecology with fellow UC students in courses designed with labs, extensive fieldwork, and hands-on research.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Plant Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Spring
 
This multi-site program immerses you in the magnificent wilderness and Pacific Island culture of the Solomon Islands. After studying at the University of Queensland and the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), you will move to the Western Province, where you will learn environmental survey techniques to study public health and sustainability in remote communities. The program culminates with a capstone research project and final presentation.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Plant Biology, Zoology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Barbados is an excellent location to focus studies on tropical and marine science. The University of West Indies at Cave Hill offers a wide selection of courses including: Caribbean Island Biogeography, Tropical Ornamental Plants, Climate Variability and Predictability, Coral Reef Ecology, Fisheries Biology, and Environmental Chemistry. The Cave Hill campus is also home to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project which offers opportunities to volunteer for 1 to 2 month periods throughout the year. 
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Science, Plant Biology, Zoology
Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Biological science courses range from general biology to philosophy of science and biomes of Brazil. Environmental science courses are also a popular choice, with topics ranging from sustainable development to environmental health. You can arrange internships, research, or volunteer work upon arrival at the UCEAP Brazil Study Center.
 
Canada: University of British Columbia
 
Sub-Disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Plant Biology, Physiology, Zoology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
During the fall, qualified biology majors have the opportunity to take upper-division marine science courses at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. The Bamfield Centre is a unique research and teaching facility on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Courses include field trips to the beaches of many local islands, forests, lakes, bogs and rivers. They may also include unique opportunities such as snorkeling and driving small outboard boats.
 
Chile: University of Chile, Santiago
 
Sub-disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Plant Biology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
The Faculty of Sciences at the University of Chile offers courses in environmental chemistry, biology, molecular technology, and environmental and ecological sciences. Internships in the fields of agrarian sciences, environmental studies, and health sciences may be arranged through the UCEAP Chile Study Center.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Plant Biology, Zoology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
Explore the flora and fauna of Monteverde, one of the richest wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. Extensive field trips and captivating lectures in the forest illustrate key biological concepts, and dedicated instructors will help you build your skills as a scientist as you conduct your own research project. Other highlights include a week-long backpacking trip, two weeks of camping, and a brief homestay.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Plant Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Denmark is a global leader in the use of renewable energy, advanced technologies, and creation of a sustainable society. Enjoy small class sizes within this large, research-based university, and access many opportunities to participate in research projects in your major. You may take first year graduate level courses for upper-division credit provided you have the appropriate background.
 
France: University of Bordeaux - Coursework in French
 
Sub-disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology 
Language of Instruction: French
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
This program offers a wonderful opportunity for you to take classes in your major at the largest higher-education institution in southwestern France. Enterprising students can secure internships and research in the fields of biological and environmental science.
 
Germany: Technical University Berlin
 
Sub-disciplines: Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology
Language of Instruction: German
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Technical University is an ideal location for biological and environmental science students who wish to study abroad in Germany and take courses in their major. In particular, the university has many diverse opportunities in the field of environmental science with courses in sustainable development, environmental management, climate change, ecology and society, and more.
 
Ghana: University of Ghana, Accra
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Neurobiology, Zoology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
The Department of Marine and Fisheries Science collaborates with agencies from around the world on research in such areas as biodiversity assessment, toxins and heavy metals in seafood, and shoreline evolution. The Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Sciences focuses on theory and application of animal biology. In addition to diverse coursework, you can conduct in-depth research in collaboration with faculty.  
 
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Year
 
The School of Science is committed to a high quality balanced education with a diverse curriculum taught by faculty who are leaders in their field. Whether your area of interest is cancer biology, molecular and cellular neuroscience, or marine and environmental studies, HKUST has courses to  both challenge and stimulate your interests. 
 
Israel: Ben Gurion University of the Negev
 
Sub-disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Science
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
BGU, a world leader in sustainability research, offers the Sustainable Development and Environment Track, with a required research seminar and field study, plus other related courses.  Study the ecological, economic, social, cultural, demographic, and political aspects of sustainable development in the Middle East. 
 
Netherlands: University College Maastricht
 
Sub-disciplines: Biochemistry,  Environmental Science, Evolution, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
This small honors college gives you the opportunity to study through Problem-Based Learning, an educational environment that focuses on building collaborative skills, similar to graduate seminar work at UC. You may also take advantage of the Lab Skills courses, which offer hands-on experience in lab techniques.
 
New Zealand: Sustainability - Sciences & Environmental Management, Lincoln University
 
Sub-disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Zoology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
Explore stunning New Zealand while you study topics such as agroecology, GIS mapping, biodiversity, and resource assessment, among many others. Renowned for excellence in environmental and resource studies, Lincoln University provides courses firmly anchored in the needs and issues of the real world. You will take courses in either the Sciences or Environmental Management & Planning fields.
 
Singapore: Biodiversity- National University of Singapore
 
Sub-disciplines: Ecology, Environmental Science
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Summer
 
A highlight of this summer program is the Field Studies in Biodiversity course, which introduces species-rich habitats and offers a weeklong field trip to Pulau Tioman, a tropical island in the East China Sea. Here you will conduct research in unique ecosystems such as rainforests, freshwater streams, mangroves and coral reefs under the guidance of experienced field biologists. The National University of Singapore, a top-ranked, innovative university with notable strengths in the biological and marine sciences, has conducted research on this Malaysian island for nearly 40 years. Study of a local language (Beginning Chinese or Beginning Bahasa Indonesian) and the culture of Singapore complement your understanding of this multicultural city and its communities. 
 
Singapore: National University of Singapore
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Plant Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Zoology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
At this highly ranked research institution, you can enjoy many science courses with lab or field research components. Environmental studies courses have been taken by many UC students and address such issues as climate change, land and water use, alternative energy, and the building of livable high-density cities.
   
South Africa: University of Cape Town
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Human Biology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Zoology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
 Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Small class sizes, field work, and hands-on lab work all complement studies at the University of Cape Town. The Department of Biological Sciences houses the Bolus Herbarium, Marine Biology Research Centre, the Plant Conservation Unit, and the Animal Demography Unit, among other research centers. The Department of Environmental & Geographic Sciences is known for its commitment to sustainable living. Some focus areas include climatology, climate change, soil erosion and land degradation, and environmental management.
 
Spain: Complutense University of Madrid
 
Sub-disciplines: Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Plant Biology, Physiology, Zoology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, Year
 
The Complutense University of Madrid is one of the oldest established universities and continues to be ranked highly in Spain. Courses in the biological sciences can be found in the sub-disciplines listed, as well as nutrition, food science, and the health sciences.
 
Sweden: Lund University
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, Plant Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
You will have the opportunity to supplement biology coursework with project classes and research. You may take first year graduate-level courses for upper-division credit provided you have the appropriate background.
 
UK-England: University of East Anglia, Norwich
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolution, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
World-leading research and teaching at UEA's School of Biological Sciences covers the full spectrum of biology, from biomedicine and developmental biology to microbiology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, ecology, and conservation. You may also access innovative fieldwork in  development, ecology, and energy engineering.
 
UK-England: University of Manchester
 
Sub-disciplines: Biochemistry, Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Science, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine? The Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester offers a wide range of courses for those interested in Biological Science and the history of science, technology, and medicine. This University is particularly strong in human as well as molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.
 
UK-Scotland: University of Glasgow
 
Sub-disciplines: Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Zoology
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
The School of Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow is part of the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences. At this college, you will experience a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to study processes at every level of biological organizationfrom genes, to cells, organ, individuals, populations, and ecosystems.
 
 

These are only a few of the opportunities available to you on UCEAP. For a comprehensive list of programs in your major, see the UCEAP program search under the subject areas: biological sciences and environmental studies