Overseas Study

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (A. Ortelius, 1570)

In conjunction with our Overseas and Off-Campus Programs office, the SGE initiative sponsored a set of summer overseas programs for Lewis & Clark students, including:

  • Swaziland, May-July 2013 (to be repeated May-July 2015)
  • Mt. Fuji (Japan), July-August 2014

Here were some special features of these overseas programs:

  • The programs were available to ENVS majors and non-majors following their freshman, sophomore, or junior years, with preference given for those who had taken ENVS 160, though the programs were open to all CAS students.
  • They took place in the summer so as to include students and faculty who could not participate during fall or spring semester.
  • As summer programs, they cost roughly one-half of a typical semester program, and given that twelve academic credits were conveyed total, they qualified for financial aid.
  • They featured a variety of locations throughout the world to build on faculty program leader research strengths and student interests.
  • They also featured a rigorous orientation during the spring semester before departure that provided cultural, technical, and other preparation for participants
  • Situated research and social learning were key to all program elements, and students had the opportunity to learn and practice these skills in an international setting.
  • They followed an intensive design, lasting seven weeks total (thus costing half that of regular semester programs) and granted twelve academic credits, organized as follows:
    • A broad four-credit framework course, Situating the Global Environment, applicable toward the undergraduate international studies requirement and ENVS major concentration
    • A four-credit IS 241 site overview course, applicable toward the undergraduate international studies requirement
    • A four-credit practicum (ENVS 244) or independent research (ENVS 499) course, applicable toward the ENVS concentration, for which the latter required extensive preparatory work with a faculty advisor prior to departing

Historical stamp featuring long-reigning Swaziland monarch King Sobhuza II

The 2013 Swaziland program was a big success! Applications for the Summer 2015 Swaziland program are due Fall of 2014. See our site mashup and Instagram photos, as well as an L&C Chronicle story on the 2013 program. Below is a summary developed prior to the program.

Part of a new series of international environmental opportunities organized by the ENVS Program and the Overseas and Off-Campus Programs office, the 2013 Swaziland program will run from May 19 to July 6 and convey twelve course credits total in an intensive schedule toward general education and ENVS requirements. The program is available to all Lewis & Clark students following their freshman, sophomore, or junior year, with a preference for those who have taken ENVS 160. The Swaziland program focuses on periurban environmental health, a major concern in much of the developing world. Participants will complete a rigorous orientation spring semester 2013. The seven-week program, developed in conjunction with the All Out Africa Foundation, devotes two weeks to in-country orientation, four weeks to service project-based learning, situated research, and environmental health assessment in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley, and one week to final project documentation and program synthesis. Highlights include weekend cultural and ecological outings throughout the country, and a five-day tour of nearby Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Sulfurous steam vents on Hakone volcano at Owakudani.

Sulfurous steam vents on Hakone volcano at Owakudani.

The Environmental Studies Program accomplished a great deal during its first trip to Mt. Fuji in the summer of 2014. The program was a part of the Imagining the Global initiative. Visit the Fuji program’s page to learn more about their experience.

Below is a description of the program developed before the trip:

For seven weeks, between July 6th and August 22nd 2014, students will investigate the iconic volcano Mt. Fuji as an actor in, and product of, both the physical world and the human imagination.  Through on-site visits and hands-on fieldwork, students will study topics ranging from the deification of Fuji’s summit to the militarization of common lands at its base.  Co-leading this multidisciplinary investigation will be two professors with very different intellectual backgrounds: Liz Safran is a geologist, Andy Bernstein a historian of Japan.  They and local experts will work with you to discover and analyze the various ways in which Fuji as physical and Fuji as imagined have shaped one another from ancient times to today. The program will be based partly in Tokyo, but mostly in towns surrounding Mt. Fuji, including Fujinomiya and Fujiyoshida. The program will also include summiting the volcano! If you are selected for the trip, there will be a mandatory orientation throughout spring semester.

The deadline for application has already passed for the summer 2014 trip, though please do feel free to reach out to Professors Safran or Bernstein if you are interested in future iterations of the trip.