Get out of the Classroom
transform yourself — experience new ecosystems and cultures
Faculty-led, immersive, and environmentally-focused, the Sterling College Global Field Studies program offers you a chance to discover the diversity of the planet’s landscapes and cultures, and explore the complex, ever changing co-evolutionary relationships among people and place. Students take the methods for learning a local ecology they have practiced on campus and apply these methods to new places. They return enriched and refreshed, ultimately knowing Northern Vermont better for having left it and returned.
What you can do:
- Participate in traditional Cape Breton dance and music workshops given by a world-renowned performers.
- Take up residency at a research station deep in the jungle of Belize.
- Backpack amongst thousand year old trees in the Sierra Nevada.
- Sail the North Atlantic in search of whales and seabirds.
- Discover backcountry cliff dwellings inhabited by ancient peoples.
- Explore the bens and glens of the Scottish Highlands.
- Bicycle to sustainable energy developments in Iceland and Denmark.
Go! There’s nothing stopping you!
Global Field Studies programs are included in the price of tuition
Global Field Studies programs are part of our regular course offerings, and students are eligible to take two Global Field Studies courses during their Sterling careers. Priority for registration is based on seniority and successful completion of prerequisite classes.
Participation in Global Field Studies is included in the regular tuition and fees, and so there is no additional charge for airfare or other travel expenses. This policy promotes access for all students, regardless of their financial means. Students receive their usual financial aid package during Global Field Studies.
Students are not able to participate in the Work Program during Global Field Studies, and will forego Work Program wages. All students who enroll in Global Field Studies are charged the normal amount for tuition, room & board, and fees, including students who normally live off-campus when enrolled. Some Global Field Studies may require students to purchase specialized gear and clothing, as destinations often have a very different climate than that of Vermont.