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Education Abroad

International Exchange Programs

As part of ESF's commitment to providing international experiences for its students, it has established international exchange programs with foreign institutions with environmentally-focused course offerings.

Current Opportunities

Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS)

The Munich University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of its kind in Bavaria and one of the largest in Germany. Its great variety of well-structured study programs, instruction in small groups, its internationality and excellent contacts with industry and commerce make it a highly renowned university.

Munich is one of the leading economic regions in Europe and renowned for its educational landscape. The city is home to over 20,000 high-tech firms, a range of major banks and insurance companies, market leaders in the media sector and specialist branches of industry. In this environment the University of Applied Sciences – München developed a high-quality, differentiated, and application-oriented programme. Additional information about exchange student services at MUAS, is available online.

Term Academic Calendar Application Deadline
Winter Term October 1 - March 14 April 15
Summer Term March 15 - Sept 30 September 15

ESF faculty contact: Klaus Doelle

Sichuan University sichuan scene

Sichuan University is located in downtown Chengdu, a famous historic and cultural city known as “the land of abundance”. It consists of three campuses of Wangjiang, Huaxi and Jiangan, and covers an area of 7050 mu (470 hectares). Sichuan University has a comprehensive range of disciplines covering 11 categories, namely, liberal arts, science, engineering, medicine, economy, management, law, history, philosophy, agriculture and education.

It consists of 30 colleges, including a postgraduate college and an overseas education college. Sichuan University has been strong in science and research and making remarkable achievements over the years. It has 9 national key laboratories and engineering centers, 1 key laboratory for national defense, 9 key laboratories and 4 engineering research centers under the supervision of Ministry of Education, and 3 key laboratories under the supervision of Ministry of Health.

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: September 15

ESF faculty contact: Shijie Li

For additional information regarding the university and academic offerings, please consult the ESF faculty contact and University website linked above.

Requirements and Process

ESF Exchange Program Eligibility Requirements

  • ESF undergraduate student who has completed at least 30 credits towards her/his bachelor’s degree; and
  • ESF undergraduate student who has achieved a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

A student who does not meet one of the eligibility requirements, may seek to have the requirement waived by submitting a Petition to the Faculty (available at the Registrar’s Office). You must provide adequate justification for the request and submit any appropriate supporting documentation. The Petition Form must be signed by the student’s Academic Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator and then submitted to the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies (227 Bray Hall) in order for the Dean to make a determination.

If the Petition is approved by the Dean, the student may continue with the ESF study abroad approval process.  A copy of the approved Petition must be submitted with the Study Abroad Request Form.

Exchange Program Application Process

Students who meet the eligibility requirements or who obtain a waiver via an approved Petition to the Faculty should complete the SUNY-ESF Exchange Program Application. If applying to the Munich program, please contact OIE for the online Munich application. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of International Education (110 Bray Hall) by the deadline noted in the individual exchange program overview.

  • As part of your application, you must complete a Study Statement and Academic Plan stating your personal and academic goals related to the exchange program and the courses you intend to take abroad. You must consult with your academic advisor and curriculum coordinator to determine how the courses fit into the ESF degree program.

Upon completing the application, you must also obtain the appropriate ESF faculty exchange coordinator's signature on page of the general application.

  • Munich University of Applied Science: Klaus Doelle, 416 Walters Hall, kdoelle@esf.edu
  • Sichuan University: Shijie Liu, 302 Walter's Hall, sliu@esf.edu

You must also obtain the Associate Provost of Instructions approval. Please drop paperwork off at the Office of International Education or the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies to obtain this signature.