Applying to an ESF Short-Term International Program

Students interested in participating in an ESF International Program must submit the International Program General Application (PDF) 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 (PDF) with a copy of their passport, visa (if applicable), health insurance, and flight information (if the program does not include a group flight).

Additional Information

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

Spring 2015

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.
  • Daily Orange story on the course

Please attend our course information session - October 2nd, from 11 am to 2 pm, in the Gateway Center A & B during the Study Abroad Fair. Purchase of the SUNY ESF Study Abroad insurance is required.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ted Endreny, (315) 470-6565

FOR 496 Nature Tourism and Ecotourism in Panama

Course requirements: Ten-day trip to Panama City and the stunning Azuero Peninsula over spring break (March 6-15, 2015), plus three on-campus lectures.

Students will be engaged in hands-on, ecotourism and nature tourism conservation efforts (trail development and visitor education/interpretation) in the rural Azuero Peninsula of Panama. During the trip, students will be working with local residents and managers of the Azuero Earth Project (a not-for-profit organization focused on conservation efforts in Panama’s Azuero Peninsula).

Enjoy visiting the Canal Locks and the historic quarter of Panama City , getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian research island in the middle of the Panama Canal, touring the Gamboa Rainforest Discovery Center, learning about tropical flora, birds, and wildlife (the Azuero Peninsula is home to spider monkeys), hiking on the Azuero Peninsula, and more!

Trip cost: $3,050 (includes meals, lodging, ground transportation, and round-trip airfare to Panama from Syracuse). Completed application form (see Diane Kuehn for form) due by Oct. 13; non-refundable deposit of $1,500 due by Oct. 16; remainder due by Nov. 17. A passport is required for travel. Purchase of the SUNY ESF Study Abroad insurance is required. Some vaccinations are required. Group size is limited to 15 students maximum (10 students minimum).

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


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