Field Experiences

Field Experience Guide (PDF)

Sustainability Scholars are eligible for a scholarship (administered as a financial credit in the student's account) of up to $3,500 for their field-based experience course or independent study. This scholarship can be applied to course fees or related direct expenses (e.g. travel, food, and lodging) for one or more of the approved courses. Or, Scholars may follow the appropriate process to petition the Education Director to apply this scholarship and fulfill this requirement through an alternative off-site, field-based experience.

Click on the pins on the map to see where some of the Sustainability Scholars have traveled for their field-based experience. Some have studied through U-M programs, others through approved organizations, and some scholars have come up with unique independent study projects. All of the Sustainability Scholars have the opportunity to explore their own personal interests in sustainability throughout the world.

Current Scholars please click here (pdf) for details on applying for funding for your field experience.

Past Courses

  • Conservation & Development in Cultural Landscapes (Kenya)
  • EcoExplorers (Tanzania)
  • Ecological Design Approaches to Brownfield Redevelopment (Connecticut)
  • EcoQuest: Ecology in Action (New Zealand)
  • Environmental History - Global Course Connections (GCC) in Tokyo, Japan
  • Ethnobotany at the U-M Biological Station (Pellston, MI)
  • Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography (Northern Michigan)
  • Food, Land and Society — Global Course Connections (GCC) in Ann Arbor and Havana, Cuba
  • GIEU: Sustainable Nourishment: Harmandar Sahib Langar (India)
  • GIEU: Weaving Way of Life in Cusco, Peru
  • Maternal/Child Health, the Environment, and Pollution in Africa (Ghana)
  • Sustainable & Fossil Energy: Options & Consequences (Wyoming)
  • Sustainable Business in Latin America (Costa Rica)
  • Sustainable Energy Development in South America (Chile)
  • Sustainable Neighborhoods: Experiential Learning & Active Engagement (Detroit)
  • Sustainable Urban Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Chicago)
  • Toward a New Sustainable Environment in Light of the Changing Face of Rural and Urban China (Beijing)
  • GIEU (some courses)
  • EARTH 344/ENVIRON 344: Sustainable and Fossil Energy: Options & Consequences (Camp Davis, Wyoming)
  • EcoQuest, Applied Field Studies in New Zealand
  • ADABRD 311/391: Eco Explorers: Gabon
  • HISTORY 392/ENVST 468 + CJS 281: Doing Environmental History in Japan
  • UC 270 + UC 370: GCC India - Addressing Critical Global Issues
  • EEB 445: Ethnobotany, Biostation