Education Abroad for Biology Majors

Education Abroad for

Biology Majors

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fish near coral reef

Short-Term Study Abroad in Australia, Summer 2022

Biology and Conservation in Australia and the Great Barrier Reef

Spend three weeks in five cities in Australia, learning about one of the most biologically diverse and beautiful areas on earth! Earn 6 credits of upper-division biology credit.

Globalize Your Education

Biology majors are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your Biology major through first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture. Studying abroad can also help you to understand the discipline of Biology more deeply.

Review the resources here to first explore how an international experience could fit into your degree plan. Then connect with Leah Tour, (leaht@pdx.edu) the Biology Program Manager and an Education Abroad advisor early on to ensure that you're choosing the best program to fit your goals. 

Why Study Abroad?

When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context.  It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations.  The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.

You can Afford to Study Abroad!

Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program! 
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee! 
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000! 
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.

Considerations

Education Abroad Credit Limit Toward Biology Major

Students earning a BA/BS in Biology should plan on taking most of their required core courses at PSU:

  • Area A: Cellular/Molecular
  • Area B: Systems/Organisms
  • Area C: Ecology/Evolution

What can biology majors take abroad?

  • At least two courses at the 300 or 400 level with a major laboratory or field component 
  • Many of the necessary credits (12 credits) needed in the BI 412 - BI 499 category
  • Courses needed to satisfy the 44 upper division biology credit requirements 
  • Required science electives (12 credits or more) can be applied towards their Biology major.  These courses must be taken at the 200-level or higher and can be from the following fields:  Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, or Physics.   

Courses Must Be Taken For A Grade

Education Abroad courses used for the Biology major must be taken for a grade (A-F) unless that option is not available.

What Programs Work Well for Biology Majors?

The programs listed below not only offer a wide variety of biology courses but also may offer courses to fulfill general education requirements, minor, certificate or biology elective credit.  Remember biology students must take a minimum of biology credits and non-biology credits.  Study abroad is a great way to earn these credits.  

AFRICA

ASIA

EUROPE

LATIN AMERICA

MIDDLE EAST

OCEANIA

Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs. 

Ready to take the Next Step?

Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps. 

Upcoming events

Program Spotlight: Florianopolis, Brazil

Next stop on the Program Spotlight Series: Florianopolis, Brazil! Take a…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-27 09:00:00 2021-07-27 11:00:00 Program Spotlight: Florianopolis, Brazil Next stop on the Program Spotlight Series: Florianopolis, Brazil! Take a deep-dive journey into our University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Specialty program Florianopolis, Brazil. This event will be broken into two 40-minute sessions with a 10-minute break in between to give you some time to refocus. Our Resident Director will walk you through this program by turning your attention to academics, student pre-departure preparation, experiential learning opportunities, a highlights tour, and more. We hope to see you there! USAC is a PSU-approved study abroad program provider. It's a nonprofit organization since 1982, has provided students with life-changing opportunities to live and learn in countries around the globe.  https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcu-srz0pGd0nc268ZT-9e30KjhjKOb…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Drop-In Advising with USAC!

Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-27 21:00:00 2021-07-21 00:26:38 Drop-In Advising with USAC! Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor without spending a fortune? Come chat with the USAC representative (Johanna Moxley) who works closely with Portland State University. She will be happy to answer any of your questions about studying abroad with USAC! https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcOGtqz0uGtAvjXCcsgCdJvxfBKn1te… edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Ed Abroad 101

Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-28 18:00:00 2021-07-21 00:26:38 Ed Abroad 101 Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in session. Can't attend a live session? Watch the recorded video to learn about how the application process works, how to make an advising appointment, and how to narrow down programs. Questions? Email edabroad@pdx.edu for help. https://bit.ly/36A6tdF edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Getting Started: Studying Abroad with USAC

Attend this info session to learn the basics about USAC and start planning…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-29 12:00:00 2021-07-29 13:00:00 Getting Started: Studying Abroad with USAC Attend this info session to learn the basics about USAC and start planning your study abroad adventure! USAC is a PSU-approved study abroad organization that offers programs that allow you to earn credit towards your major and/or minor.  https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsc-GvrjsjGtcC9C5nNXZzp-60hrALmw…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public