A semester-long study abroad experience can often be incorporated into a course of study within the Biological Sciences department. This experience allows students the opportunity to gather an international perspective on scientific study as well as take courses that may not be available at the main Notre Dame campus. Notre Dame Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences students commonly study abroad in London, Dublin, and Perth, though other sites can be possible as well. Visit http://international.nd.edu/education-abroad/study-abroad/ for more information.
For some students, study abroad can include a unique research experience:
“I spent the fall semester of my Junior year studying abroad in Perth, Australia, one of the several abroad locations that can accommodate students studying Biological Sciences. While conducting an individual research project may be difficult to complete in a semester abroad, the University of Western Australia had many opportunities for undergraduate volunteers on ongoing projects. I worked with a graduate student conducting research on climate change's impacts on the native mangrove communities of Australia's west coast and helped her to carry out chemical analysis while processing samples collected from previous field work. If you want research to be a part of your study abroad experience, consider reaching out to professors at the local university beforehand and have in mind how much time you would be interested in committing to their work. There are a multitude of academic and personal growth benefits that come from studying abroad and adding to your research experience base can be one of them!”
-Zoe Volenec ‘16