An opportunity to study and help solve sustainability problems in a global context.
Become a global citizen
Implementing sustainability in Africa or Europe can be a different type of challenge than it is in the U.S. As a sustainability student, you know that on the path to impactful solutions, understanding global context is critical.
Studying abroad with the Global Sustainability Studies Program will provide you the opportunity to witness and learn sustainability principles and solutions in international community, urban and political settings. Through these condensed, rigorous courses set within a different culture, you will gain skills like:
- Intercultural collaboration
- Cross-disciplinary application
Global Immersive Experiences
The Walton Global Sustainability Studies Program is excited to present two new Spring Global Immersive Experience course for 2017.
CUBA: Unlocked and On the Edge of Rapid Transitions
March 5-12, 2017
1 credit hours, $2,900 program fee*
Led by Brigitte Bavousett and Glenda Whetten
Understand the complex interactions between the environmental, economic and socio-political outcomes of an expected burst of tourism for the newly-opened borders of Cuba. Through on-site collaboration with Cuban citizens, ASU students will work to develop strategies to build a Circular Economy for sustainable tourism. Students will have the ability to enhance their understanding of their chosen major while enriching their perspective by researching a complex transdisciplinary set of regional challenges.
COSTA RICA: Coffee and Climate Change
March 5-12, 2017
1 credit hours, $1,800 program fee*
Led by Dr. Hallie Eakin and Stratis Giannakouros
Using the global coffee commodity chain as a lens, students will view and assess the efficacy of market-based social change initiatives. Over the past two decades social forces have endeavored to foster alternative, marketbased models for the coffee commodity chain to ensure a more equitable distribution of the profits between coffee growers and retailers. Explore the fundamental question of whether or not markets can be reoriented to reflect a higher social and environmental purpose.
Make the world your classroom
Destinations and course topics change every summer, adapting to current global sustainability developments. Past programs include:
- Sustainable energy solutions in Spain and Morocco
- Environmental tourism in Dubai
- Human rights in Brazil
- Mobility and transportation in the Netherlands
- Urban development in Hong Kong
- Environmental challenges in Trinidad and Tobago
- Sustainability policy in London and Washington, D.C.
“We can only learn so much from reading literature, hearing testimonials, and watching documentaries about the rest of the world. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to step into a new scenario in order to gain a better understanding of what unique sustainability problems are affecting parts of the world and how we can begin to take steps towards solving them.”
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“In Guatemala I learned that human relationships, family and happiness (wellbeing) are inextricably linked with sustainable living. Those lessons were learned, not only from the Guatemalans we met but, from the family we formed as a result of the trip.”
Each trip is led by faculty members from the School of Sustainability and local expert partners, and program cohorts are limited to small groups of 15-20 students, creating a close-knit learning community. Learn more about past Global Studies student experiences on the Scholars Abroad for Sustainability Solutions Blog.
Summer 2016 programs
To participate in the Global Sustainability Studies Program, you must meet the following requirements:
- be an Arizona State University student studying sustainability as a major, minor or concentration area
- have a minimum 2.75 GPA
- complete at least 56 credit hours at time of program participation
- complete at least two SOS-prefix courses (SOS 100, SOS 110, SOS 111 and SOS 300)
- be in good standing in their program
- have a minimum 2.75 GPA
Note: Graduate students will be selected based on merit of application. School of Sustainability graduate students will be given priority placement should a program be over-enrolled.
*Students that do not meet the listed qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, if space is available
Students will be notified of scholarship eligibility and process upon confirmation of acceptance into a Global Studies program. A limited number of scholarships are available to ASU sustainability students. The scholarship award amount may be up to 40 to 60 percent of the total cost of the program, not to exceed $5,000. Awards will be based on a competitive process including essay application, academic merit and relevance to the student’s field of study. All scholarships will be awarded by the beginning of February.Scholarship eligibility:
- Sustainability majors, minors or concentration area students, applying to one of the programs listed
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- 56 credit hours completed by the time of participation
- Two of the following courses (or equivalent) completed by the time of participation: SOS 100, SOS110, SOS111, SOS 300
For more information, contact:
- Stratis Giannakouros
- Program Manager, Global Sustainability Studies Program, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
- Project Manager, Global Sustainability Solutions Services, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives