From a semester in Australia to a week in the British Virgin Islands, ENV students have access to numerous study abroad programs that emphasize conservation topics.
Lenoir-Rhyne is an affiliate institution of the School for Field Studies (SFS). SFS offers semester and summer-term programs in Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, Kenya, Mexico and Australia. Students participating in SFS programs are immersed in local culture and ecology while working within a local community to solve environmental challenges. SFS courses and topics vary by location, but credits count towards the ENV degree.
In 2010, Dr. John Brzorad established a working partnership with the government and community college system in the British Virgin Islands. Over spring break, Brzorad led a group of four faculty and eight students on a research trip to collect baseline environmental data in the BVI. Students studied beach erosion, water quality and the flora and fauna of the island bays during the trip and reported their findings during the university research symposium, SOURCE. Brzorad returned to the BVI with a group of students in 2011 and hopes to continue this research annually.
The Lutheran Semester in D.C. is an unique partnership that provides students an opportunity to intern for a semester on Capitol Hill while taking courses that could apply to the ENV program. Students may also count internship hours towards the degree. This program is especially appealing to our policy-track majors who are interested in a career of public service.
LRU also has an active Study Abroad office that offers opportunities for students to study for a semester, or a summer, in places such as Iceland, a country powered 87% by geothermal energy, a renewable, clean energy source; Germany, noted for their national comprehensive recycling program; or Honduras, a country struggling to balance economic growth with conservation of their natural resources.