Energy doesn’t always have to come from a pump or power line. The almighty sun shoots out its rays free of charge and is strong enough to power the world on its own. Since lighting up classrooms uses tons of electricity, certain colleges are playing a part in building a better environment by looking to the sun for assistance. Green-light your study abroad semester with one of these eco-conscious colleges.
Arcadia’s program in Bonn is the perfect place to study solar power. Germany is a leader in renewable energy and this five-week summer study course shines a light on the policies and development of renewable energy while offering first-hand trips to see what the university and surrounding cities are doing to utilize solar power. Knock out nearby Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels on your own weekend excursions while crossing off environmental science or language requirements during the week.
University of Lausanne
Like Germany, Switzerland is one of the world’s pioneers and leaders in sustaining and recycling energy. The University of Lausanne offers plenty of study abroad options spanning shortened semesters to the full academic year. Study whatever subjects you desire, but you might as well take at least one course pertaining to energy, as Lausanne (both the city and University) is a world-renowned innovator in solar energy research.
Cardiff is one of Britain’s leading research institutions. Its study abroad programs prompt you to take two required courses and two electives over the semester and will fit nicely in completing credentials for engineering, mathematics or science majors. You’ll learn about solar and other forms of renewable energy in your course on recyclable energy research and implementation. Even better, you’ll dive deep into Welsh life by living, breathing and studying the capital’s literature, language and culture.
The epicenter of ecotourism, Costa Rica offers access to five types of functioning renewable energy facilities while still being the badass adventurer’s go-to spot in Central America. GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) is an exclusive, 12-day educational opportunity that teaches renewable energy and sustainability through tours of solar, geothermal, wind and hydroelectric recyclable energy sites. Spend your free time zip-lining through the jungle, kayaking through rivers, or hanging with jaguars in one of the most diverse wildlife habitats in the world. Your studies will start out in the classroom but will quickly turn into group adventures outdoors. As short and rewarding as it is, GREEN will give you up to six college credits when you transfer the program back to your university. manatee
University of Bradford
Using a bit of innovative technology, this school takes special green steps to ensure their students lead eco-friendly lives year round. Along using only sustainable materials to construct every facet of the university, the campus housing is equipped with monitors that display energy and water use so that students can be aware of their consumption. They heat their water using solar panels, the toilets utilize rainwater, and there’s a vegetable garden so you can grow your own munchies.
Along with these five, there are a number of schools all over the world taking initiatives to be more eco-friendly. Give yourself a feel-good study abroad experience by checking into a school that does their part.