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Education Abroad

SUNY and other Affiliate Programs

Opportunities for study abroad at ESF are boundless. In addition to our official study abroad partners, ESF students are also eligible to study with other SUNY programs or third party study abroad providers.

Program Providers

SUNY Study Abroad

Since we are part of the SUNY system, ESF students are eligible to take part in programs offered by any of the other SUNY institutions! These can include short-term, winter, summer, or semester long programs, and are located all over the world. Some of the more popular programs that ESF students have participated in are a faculty-led research in Madagascar with SUNY Stony Brook, University of Canterbury in New Zealand with SUNY Brockport, summer of Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resources Economics in Iceland with SUNY Binghamton, and the Arava Institute in Israel with SUNY Oneonta. You can search all programs on SUNY's study abroad website.

IES Abroad

ESF is pleased to be an Associate Member institution with IES Abroad. IES offers programs around the world in a variety of disciplines. Many of their programs also offer internship opportunities. ESF students will receive an automatic Public University Grant in addition to being eligible to apply for additional financial aid from IES. Some of the programs best suited to ESF students include Environmental Studies & Sustainability in Freiburg, Germany and the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts & Sciences on the Galápagos Islands.

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, or ISDSI is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, but your studies will take you throughout the country as you visit and live amongst different communities. ISDSI emphasizes the importance of partnering with local and indigenous communities to facilitate field-based experiential learning. ISDSI offers semester programs with coursework related to ecology, sustainability, and sociology as well as a new summer program focusing on the ecology, production, and consumption of coffee.

School of International Training

The School of International Training offers experiential, field-based study abroad programs around a variety of critical global issues, including climate/environment. Several of their programs are multi-country, allowing students to consider a global issue or problem from different cultural perspectives. Learn more about their programs on the SIT website.

Please note—if you are interested in the Iceland, Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resources Economics; Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans; Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender; or Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights programs, you will need to apply through SUNY Binghamton.

Application Process and Costs

In order to take part in a SUNY or other affiliate program, students must both apply directly to that program as well as complete the ESF Off Campus Study Request process. It is recommended that students apply to these programs early, as there are limited spaces available and programs may fill.

Students participating in a SUNY semester program will pay regular tuition and fees to ESF. All other program fees will be paid to the other SUNY institution. Program fees will vary depending on what is included, for example housing, health insurance, etc.

Students participating in an affiliate program will be responsible for paying all tuition and program fees directly to the study abroad provider.  Program costs will vary, and typically include almost all expenses including housing, meals, and in-country transportation. Therefore, students may expect to have lower out of pocket costs for the duration of the program. Students will not be charged ESF tuition for the semester they are abroad, but will generally remain eligible for some financial aid.