Study Abroad Opportunities

 
 

Why study biology abroad?

  • To live in the ecosystem that you are studying
  • To study lab and/or field biology in an international setting
  • To understand biology from an international perspective
  • To expand your cross-cultural communication and problem solving skills 
  • To broaden your academic horizons
  • To develop intellectually, emotionally, culturally, and socially 
 
By its nature, biology takes place in a global environment. Science defies national boundaries and is most powerful when approached collectively.
 

Yeah, but…

Can I take my biology course(s) in English?

Yes. Science courses in English are offered worldwide. It is often possible to study biology in English and take introductory language at the same time. 

If I’m not a biology major, can I fulfill a university core course abroad?

Yes. Many study abroad programs have equivalent courses that will satisfy UST’s lab science requirement. 

Can I afford it?

YES! The cost of studying abroad is within the reach of most UST students. Financial aid applies to semester study abroad, and students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible for loans. In addition, there are special scholarships for studying abroad. 

So…what do I do next?

  • Begin planning right away. It is never too early to start planning. Stop by the IEC, sign up for a “First Step” session (go to their website for details, see left), and use their library to begin researching destinations. 
  • Set some goals. There is not one program best suited for all biology majors. You need to determine which one best fits you. Prioritize your goals. Consider your long-term academic, professional, and career goals. 
  • Think about what you want to learn from (and what you can contribute to) the program, college, and country where you want to be.
  • Prepare academically. You may need to take prerequisites or plan for classes upon your return.
  • Start a budget. 

To get help with the above and to start planning your study abroad experience please contact:

  • Your academic advisor 
  • A Study Abroad Advisor at International Education Center (IEC)
  • Tony Lewno, Biology’s Study Abroad Advisor and Transcript Evaluator
    OWS 398 
    (651) 962-5227
    awlewno@stthomas.edu