International Opportunities

 

 

Two helpful sources are available for students to explore academic international opportunities offered directly by the University of Toronto or through partner universities: the Summer Abroad program at Woodsworth College; and the Student Exchange Program at the Centre for International Experience.

To further help students navigate among the many offerings, we have assembled within these pages some of the international opportunities that may be of particular relevance and interest to ENV students. In general, students will get a regular UofT credit if the course is offered through UofT, or a transfer credit if the course is taken through a partner university.

The opportunities have been categorized below by either time of offering (summer versus fall/winter term abroad) or by country of interest.

Summer Opportunities
Term Abroad Opportunities  

Countries

 
FALL 2014 ARTICLE:
International opportunities: Strengthening the School’s international partnerships for its undergrad students 
On the occasion of his recent installation address as the incoming 16th president of the University (http://www.president.utoronto.ca/installation-address), President Meric Gertler identified strengthening international partnership, both in education and research, as one of three strategies for maintaining and advancing the University’s global standing while facing some daunting challenges.  This strategy resonated at the School of the Environment because of the global scale of many of our most pressing environmental challenges, including climate change and biodiversity loss.  
The School has supported this international viewpoint through course offerings such as JGE 321H Multicultural Perspectives on Environmental Management and ENV 322H International Environmental Policy, and with faculty carrying out and collaborating with researchers in every corner of the world, bringing back those experiences to the students.  However to truly provide students with a more global perspective, nothing is comparable to providing opportunities for direct international experiences.  
By taking a course or term abroad, students are able to pursue academic credits in a foreign environment but within a familiar and safe academic framework, sometimes even with classmates and faculty from home. This not only enriches their learning, but broadens their experiences and perspectives from doing everyday tasks to adjusting to different academic and cultural norms.  
Therefore I was happy to spend part of my sabbatical working with the Centre for International Experience (http://cie.utoronto.ca/) at the University to seek and develop international opportunities for our environment students, particularly with strategic universities to help us further strengthen international partnerships.  This has proven as educational and rewarding an experience for myself as I hope it will be for the students who pursue these opportunities.
In 2013-14, I visited eight universities and interacted with colleagues from diverse regions of the world such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Israel, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.  We established goals of collaborations ranging from promoting existing summer courses, developing new summer course opportunities, internship/research opportunities, and more immersive and directed term abroad opportunities.  
A short list of highlights from which our environment students can now choose to pursue their international interests include: the well established ecology and conservation summer abroad course in Ecuador (ENV395Y Special Topics Field Course: Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon, Galápagos, and Andes) and the more recent addition of a wildlife and conservation summer abroad course in Australia (ENV396Y Special Topics: Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation). (See page 15.)  There are also a growing number of summer credit courses in Germany, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Vietnam; and for students interested in a more immersive cultural experience, there are also a number of term abroad opportunities at partner universities with strong environment programs in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. All listed opportunities are taught in English and there are generous funding opportunities so that finances need not be a barrier for interested students. More information and a full listing of these opportunities can be found at:  http://www.environment.utoronto.ca/Undergraduate/InternationalOpportunities.aspx.  

International Opportunities: Courses with ENV credit
International opportunities offered directly by the University of Toronto or through partner universities through the Summer Abroad program at Woodsworth College and Student Exchange Program at the Centre for International Experience at U of T (ENV credit equivalency) include:
  • ENV396Y Special Topics: Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation
  • ENV395Y Special Topics Field Course: Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon, Galápagos, and Andes
  • University of Bonn, Germany: Renewable Energy Policy and Development (ENV3**H credit)
  • Goethe University Frankfurt: Biodiversity in the Context of Global Change (ENV3**H credit)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong: Energy and Green Society (ENV 2**H credit)
  • Rothberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: A Study in Contrast: the Wet (Mediterranean Sea) and Dry (Desert) Ecosystems of Israel and Transboundary Water Cooperation (both ENV 2**H credit)
  • National University of Singapore: Wildlife Protection in Southeast Asia (ENV 2**H credit)

The effort to establish and highlight international opportunities is ongoing.  We also hope to see an increase in the number of students we send abroad.  In this way, the School hopes to contribute to President Gertler’s strategic goal of strengthening international partnerships and profile.

Karen Ing is a Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and former Undergraduate Coordinator at the School of the Environment.