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Broaden Your Horizons: Engage the World through the College of Forestry

The College of Forestry is dedicated to making international experiences accessible and affordable for its students. Whatever your major or financial situation, we will work with you to find the international experience that meets both your needs and goals.

Whether seeking to join College faculty abroad for a few weeks over the summer, to study for a term during the school year, to participate in an international internship, or to conduct research overseas, we will work with you to find what you are seeking.

Providing international experiences to our students is a core value to our College, and these experiences can greatly impact the both the mindset of our students and the marketability of one’s degree.

One of the major concerns with students regarding international studies is that they are all very cost-restrictive, which is not the case. For all of our students, both scholarships and financial aid can be applied to an international program; we even offer scholarships specifically for those seeking to study abroad with our College. For non-resident and international students, these opportunities can be even more affordable, as they are often closer in price to your current in-state estimated tuition.

This past summer, we sent students and faculty abroad to Borneo, Alpine Europe, Chile, and Italy. Our program in Borneo, “Oil palms and Orangutans: Forest Conservation in Malaysian Borneo”, takes students into one of the largest hotspots for biodiversity in the world to study the complex ecological, social, economic and political dimensions of tropical forest conservation. Our program in Alpine Europe, “The Forest Sector’s Contribution to the Sustainability of the Built Environment” is an opportunity for students to explore he sustainability of the built environment following the value chain of wooden buildings starting in the forest and following through manufacturing, construction, and use of various types and designs of housing. "Mountains to the Sea" in Chile provides students with exposure to the comparative ecology between the US West Coast and Chile that has played a key role in the development of convergent evolution theory, biogeography, and plant ecology. In Italy, "Managing Ecosystems as a Complex Adaptive Ecosystem" paired graduate students with peers from Canada and Europe on an educational tour through the centuries-old forest of Vallembrosa as an intricate social and ecological system.

Past years' faculty-led short term student explorations included trips to Japan, Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, and Australia, and many new faculty-led destinations are already underway for 2018!

These are only a few of the opportunities available to our students. We can also connect our students to international internships and research opportunities, as well as term and year-long study abroad programs.

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“…to anyone thinking about studying abroad... stop thinking about it, and make it happen! My decision to study abroad has been the single most important educational and life decision I have made for myself.”

– Dylan Dripps, Renewable Materials major; year-long study abroad in Nantes, France

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The College of Forestry has many international opportunities available to its students, including:

A number of other opportunities are also available through OSU's Office of Global Opportunities (GO) and IE3 Global.

Meet other students interested in international travel at the International Forestry Student's Association (IFSA)

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