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ESF Faculty-led, Short-term International Academic Courses

SUNY-ESF offers several faculty-led, short-term international academic courses throughout the academic year. Since the courses are offered by ESF, students enroll in the course directly with the college and credits and grades earned appear on students’ transcripts.

Current Short-Term International Course Offerings

Winter 2016-2017

EFB 500 Fungi of Bolivia

Spring 2017

ERE 311/511 Ecological Engineering in the Tropics in Costa Rica

FOR 404 Ecotourism Abroad in Costa Rica

Summer 2017

EFB 500 Tropical Conservation Biology - Field Research in Peru

EFB 500 Biophysical Field Methods in Namibia

EFB 500 Visitor Education as a Wildlife Management Tool in Yellowstone National Park

LSA 496 Field Work in Urban Ecosystem Design in Spain

EFB 434 Ecosystem Restoration Design in Mexico

Current Short-Term International Course Offerings

Winter 2016-2017

EFB 500 Fungi of Bolivia

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • Fungi of Bolivia is a field course set in Madidi National Park, in the Bolivian Amazon. The course will consist of ten days of instruction, with approximately five hours spent in the field, and three hours in the laboratory per day.
  • Students will study fungal taxonomy and ecology of the region. There will be a particular emphasis on polypores, as per the expertise of the speciality lecturers. Students will become familiar with the common taxa on both macro- and microscopic levels.
  • Major concepts of mycology will be covered in lectures and reading of classic literature.

Questions? Please contact Patricia Kaishian.

Spring 2017

ERE 311/511 Ecological Engineering in the Tropics in Costa Rica

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • Students will study and create ecological engineering designs that include appropriate technologies and permaculture approaches for the sustainable delivery of water, food, energy, and health resources.
  • Students will complete 5 homework assignments prior to leaving for Costa Rica to build core knowledge and be ready to use ecological engineering principles on the weeklong field trip.
  • Students will spend several days in a stunning rural setting at Rancho Mastatal with trips planned to tropical forests and waterfalls, coastal mangroves and beaches, fruit and chocolate farms, and a volcano.
  • Students will complete all course requirements before returning to ESF from spring break, so this course should not interfere with other spring semester courses during March and April.
  • Fees for the course are $1,300, which includes in-country lodging, travel, and meals, but does not include airfare to Costa Rica.
  • Enrollment is limited to between 12 and 16 students to justify, but not exceed, use of the in-country facilities.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Charles Kroll.

FOR 404 Ecotourism Abroad in Costa Rica

  • Students will be engaged in hands-on ecotourism and nature tourism efforts in Costa Rica, and will also be touring the spectacular nature reserves and parks of Costa Rica. After landing in San Jose, our trip begins with a visit to Poas volcano; we will also experience the hot springs caused by the Arenal Volcano.  In the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, we will take a boat excursion in the hopes of seeing one of the refuge’s rare or endangered species such as cougars and monkeys. We will visit the lush cloud rain forest of the Santa Elena Reserve, looking for unique birds and plants such as orchids and bromeliads, and zip lining through the forest canopy.
  • We will then travel to the beautiful Pacific coats to visit the natural mangrove barrier of Isla Palo Seco. While on the coast, we will visit Manuel Antonio National Park, well known for its pristine beaches and tropical forest, and go on a crocodile safari on the Tarcoles River. We will spend our last day visiting the markets of Sarci, and experiencing a Costa Rican fiesta night in San Jose.
  • This 3-credit course can be used to satisfy the Field Elective Course requirement for students in EFB; the directed elective for Recreation and Tourism Management in the EE&I program; and the Directed Elective requirement for the Recreation Resources and Protected Area Management Minor.
  • Trip cost: $3,158 (includes meals in Costa Rica, lodging, ground transportation, activity fees, round-trip airfare to Costa Rica from Syracuse, customs exit fees, and travel insurance; excludes ESF health insurance ($25; required), transportation to/from Hancock Airport in Syracuse, meals on airport travel days to/from Costa Rica, tips for tour guides ($94), immunization costs, passport application fees, spending money). A passport is required.
  • A minimum of 12 students is needed for this trip (maximum 15); students will be informed by October 17th of whether the minimum number of students has been reached. Students should not make the trip deposit until they have received this notification.
  • Deadlines:
    • October 14, 2016: ESF study abroad application due to Diane Kuehn (dmkuehn@esf.edu; office: 310A Bray; mailbox: 320 Bray). The “Judicial Review Form” portion of this application should not be completed by the student. The application is available at: http://www.esf.edu/studyabroad/documents/ESFIntlProgram_CompleteApplication.pdf)
    • October 31, 2016: Education First application (available through “efcst.com/1821988UD”) and $500 deposit due (details on making the deposit TBA)

Questions? Please contact: Diane Kuehn, 310A Bray Hall, (315) 470-6561.

Summer 2017

EFB 500 Tropical Conservation Biology - Field Research in Peru

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • This is a field-based course in the Peruvian Amazon, which includes field lectures and exercises. However, a significant portion of the course will be used to conduct research previously designed in course prerequisite EFB500 - Tropical Conservation Biology - Research Proposal (Registration details at http://www.esf.edu/summer/ ).
  • ​The overarching goal of this course is to make students aware of the enormous responsibility humans have as stewards of the natural environment, and to provide them with the concepts, tools, and incentives to affect conservation of the natural environment. The field of conservation is focused on understanding the effect that human beings have on nature and proposing alternatives and solutions in order to protect biological diversity, including ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity.
  • Conservation promotes processes, both ecological and social, that support biodiversity. Being by nature an interdisciplinary field, where concepts and research in ecology, environmental science, taxonomy, genetics, and evolution inform the practical applications of social, economic, and behavioral sciences, conservation is as much about managing biodiversity as it is about working with communities.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Will Helenbrook. For more information check out this website.

EFB 500 Biophysical Field Methods in Namibia

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • This is a hybrid online / field course. Students take an online component (Biophysical Field Methods Online) to prepare for a field capstone experience in Namibia.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Scott Turner.

EFB 500 Visitor Education as a Wildlife Management Tool in Yellowstone National Park

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • The focus of this course is to demonstrate how public education that occur son federally-owned land can be used to manage wildlife and their habitats, and in some cases, how management of wildlife and habitats can be used to manipulate the behaviors of people. We will accomplish this by exploring different ecosystems in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas and by examining the park's educations materials. This course counts as an EFB elective.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Beth Folta.

LSA 496 Field Work in Urban Ecosystem Design in Spain

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • This course is an interdisciplinary field course to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to study the principles, practices, and techniques of urban ecosystem design in a city famous for its commitment to ecological urbanism. The course includes visits to specific sites and areas, field investigations along urban-rural transects, presentations and discussions led by professional staff at the City's Center for Environmental Studies (CEA) and by ESF faculty, as well as a visit to Madrid to study Madrid Rio.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Emanuel Carter.

EFB 434 Ecosystem Restoration Design in Mexico

Course Highlights & Facts:

  • A summer field course followed by a weekly seminar and workshop during the Fall. Will travel in a less developed country. Will examine degraded and restored ecosystems. Will travel on public transportation and stay in low -cost hostels. Will use contemporary problems as source material for course projects. Continuation of restoration project designs and analysis from the field trip will be part of the coursework alter returning to Syracuse. The course will explore restoration strategies in many different ecosystems. Will consider restoration needs in less developed countries and how that shapes design and evaluation.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Stewart Diemont.

Applying to an ESF Short-Term International Program

Students interested in participating in an ESF International Program must submit the International Program General Application and the Judicial Review Form to the course program leader (contact information appears below with course descriptions).

Upon acceptance into the program (prior to departure), students must submit a completed set of SUNY-ESF International Academic Program Student Forms with a copy of their passport, visa (if applicable), health insurance, and flight information (if the program does not include a group flight).

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