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Study Abroad

The Department of Biological Sciences works closely with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Global Education to provide study abroad opportunities for our majors to Italy, Costa Rica and South Africa.  We are adding Australia in Spring 2018.

Florence, Italy

We are pleased to be able to offer classes during the Florence Summer Institute and during the academic year.  The Florence Summer Institute provides an opportunity to take two classes over a four week time period whereas during the Spring semester BSCI majors take classes for 15 weeks in Florence.  New this year we are proud to offer a new opportunity for freshmen:


In addition to offerings from BSCI, there are also a number of other courses to select from that vary from semester to semester:


Selecting from among these courses with the assistance of your faculty or professional advisor can help you meet Kent Core requirements, language requirements, get upper level credits, expose yourself to new and exciting topics, work on a minor, etc.

In addition, you might consider staying in Europe after the semester ends to attend the Florence Summer Institute where there will be other BSCI courses from which you can select.


Costa Rica

Dr. Oscar Rocha leads a faculty led study abroad course to Costa Rica every other year over winter break: BSCI 40376 Tropical Field Biology and Conservation. Students in this class visit several locations in Costa Rica where they do research projects that they write up when they return to campus. Videos created by students taking our faculty lead course in Costa Rica can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/album/2939677.  Want to learn more?  Contact Dr. Oscar Rocha .











South Africa

The newest study abroad field experience course, BSCI 40195: Field Biology and Conservation in South Africa will take students to South Africa every other year during winter break.This course is an adventure into savanna ecology, and the phenomenal diversity of the Cape floral kingdom, designed to introduce students to many major issues in the field. Students will learn how to apply modern field observation techniques to generate and test problem-solving hypotheses. Students will also learn about the threats to the biological diversity of savanna, fynbos and succulent karoo ecosystems resulting from human activities. Want to learn more?  Contact Dr. David Ward.