Opportunities Abroad

The College of Forestry is lucky to have an international programs office that works to offer students amazing opportunities to travel abroad through study programs, internships, exchange programs, and research. Please visit CoF Opportunities Abroad

Land of the Long White Cloud: Ecosystems of New Zealand Spring Break 2020

New Zealand is a country of stunning landscapes – ancient Kauri forests, spectacular mountains, alpine grasslands – and fascinating indigenous Maori culture.  A leader in progressive action on climate change, carbon sequestration, and conservation, New Zealand also has a highly productive timber industry which is critical to its resource- and export-driven economy.  Students will delve into forest ecology and resource management on both the North and South Island – visiting native and plantation forests, bubbling geothermal hotspots, and a field station located in the majestic scenery of the Southern Alps.  And for LOTR fans, there’s a special visit to the Hobbiton film set. Visit the NZ program webpage for more information and to apply! Application has closed.

University of Canterbury: Semester Abroad

Want more time to experience the landscapes and culture of New Zealand? A semester at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch is a great option for COF majors looking to fulfill degree requirements abroad. UC’s Anna Foster will be visiting us Friday to answer questions about studying abroad at UC and life in Christchurch. Visit the UC program webpage for more information and to apply!

NEW! Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau

Join Bryan Endress and Scott Heppell from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a four-credit, two-week program in the Republic of Palau from June 22 through July 5, 2020. Students will learn about Palauan history, culture and natural wonders both on land and in the ocean. You will experience first-hand how local communities, agencies and non-governmental organizations are actively managing terrestrial and marine resources to ensure healthy, productive ecosystems that provide a wide array of goods and services including food, clean water, biodiversity, and more. Join an info session: Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m., in Nash 104J. For more information, contact: bryan.endress@oregonstate.edu or scott.heppell@oregonstate.edu or visit the program brochure.

Tradition and Innovation in the Wood Construction Industry: A Journey in the Italian Alps – upcoming info session!

Interested in going abroad but can’t commit to a whole term or year? Our newest faculty-led program will be spending the first two weeks in September exploring the Italian Alps and the long-standing forest management and wood architecture industries in Italy, with a focus on cutting-edge timber engineering, advanced wood manufacturing, and sustainable design, as well as local history and culture from the Stone Age to the present, all while set in the Dolomites, a UNESCO-listed mountain range. You will spend time with researchers, engineers, and designers while learning about the practices and processes involved throughout the value chain of wood construction. We have an upcoming info session about this program on Friday, January 31st from 2-3 in Richardson 115. Visit our website for more information. Application closes March 1, 2020.

Oil Palms + Orangutans: Forest Conservation in Malaysian Borneo! 

Journey into the heart of the rainforest June 16 – July 1. This program will spend the first two weeks of Summer Term diving into wildlife conservation and oil palm production in Sabah, Malaysia, located on the island of Borneo and one of the world’s most biodiverse places. You will visit rehabilitation centers for the Bornean Orangutan and Sun Bear and work with researchers at field stations to learn about the ongoing commitment to preserving wildlife and rainforest habitat in Borneo. You will also explore community development, tourism, and oil palm production on both the small and large scale while working to understand the human dimensions of this unique location. If you want to dive deeper, stay for a summer internship in conservation, environmental education and community development, forest management, and more. Come to our info session on Wednesday, January 29th from 4-5 in Strand 160 and check out our website for more information. 

The island of Borneo is one of the world’s richest hotspots for biodiversity and is also one of the world’s largest producers of palm oil. Explore the ecological, social, economic, and political dimensions of tropical forest conservation while visiting oil palm plantations, forest research stations, community organizations, and animal rehabilitation centers. Led by Ian Munanura and Matt Betts. 6 undergrad credits (FES 499) or 3 grad credits (FES 599). Deadline: February 15th

Watch this 5 min video and visit our program webpage to learn more and to apply!

Another great resource is the College of Forestry International Blog Page. Read all about student stories to get ideas about what your next adventure could be like.

Mentored Internships in Africa!

The College of Forestry International Programs office is proud to announce several exciting new opportunities in Africa! The mentored internship program will be led by OSU’s Dr. Ian Munanura, and will provide six academic credits and an opportunity to create your own research project. Some funding is available, please send inquiries to Michele Justice (michele.justice@oregonstate.edu).

  • Gorilla Guardians Village (formerly Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village), Rwanda
    • Gorilla Guardians is a non-profit organization in the northern province of Rwanda, near Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla Guardians aims to improve the lives of reformed poachers and communities in the area through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood-based projects.
  • Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS), Uganda
    • Makerere University Biological Field Station is an operational unit of Makerere University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, located at the edge of Kibale National Park. MUBFS runs a number of research projects ranging from studying primates, effects of climate change, human-wildlife interactions, community-based conservation, and fish ecology. The station also has programs in environmental education and has an active project where staff track and remove snares set by local hunters in the forest.
  • Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), Uganda
    • Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development is an award-winning community-based organization in western Uganda that runs projects such as primate censuses, tree phenology, conservation education, and tourism promotion. Some ongoing projects for interns include: primate census, tree phenology, conservation education, tourism marketing and promotion, and conducting surveys, with a current need for someone with artistic skills to paint illustrations in the visitor center.

For the application process  and more information on these and other internship opportunities, visit the CoF International Programs Internship Opportunities page.

Did you know that financial support is available?

All CoF majors are eligible to apply for the Dean’s Fund for International Engagement

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