The next international field experience for Biology majors in spring 2015 is:

Costa Rica

If you are interested in this experience, please follow the steps below:

  • Apply Now through the Study Abroad website
  • Register for Biol 430 Biogeography, Ecology and Conservation for spring 2015
  • Register for Biol 422 Field Trip Experience Tropical Ecology for the May 2015 semester

If you would like more information please contact:

Dr. Michael Meyer -

Dr. Rick Sherwin -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


If you are interested in this experience, please follow the steps below:

  • Contact Dr. Lauren Ruane at 594-0838 or
  • Register for Biol 328 Island Biology & Experimental Design for spring 2015

Brittany B.

"The memories I gained on my study abroad trip to Australia and New Zealand are memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life!  The trip was full of new, awe-inspiring experiences that most people never get the chance to have.  Beyond traveling to a distant country, I can say that I have swam in the Great Barrier Reef, held a koala bear, seen the Sydney Opera House, fed and pet kangaroos, visited the famous Three Sister, visited Hobbiton movie set, saw a live sheep-shearing, and witnessed, first-hand, a flying fox bat migration (which was by far the coolest thing EVER!).  After taking this trip, I consider myself a seasoned and experienced traveler who will continue to travel for the rest of her life!  Beyond experiences, I can also attest to the fact that, on the trip, I developed awesome friendships that I still have to this day.  Though at first it may seem scary monetarily, taking an international trip through the Biology department, and especially with Dr. Meyer and Dr. Sherwin, is worth the money and more for all of the experiences and friendships that you gain as a result!"

~ Brittany B.

Samantha M.

"In the summer of 2014, I was given the opportunity to travel abroad with the biology department to New Zealand and Australia for two weeks.  As the only chemistry major on the trip, I barely knew anyone and had only gotten to know Dr. Sherwin and Dr. Meyer during the previous semester.  During this trip, I forged friendships that will follow me throughout the rest of my time at CNU and gained valuable experience while studying abroad.  This trip expanded my capabilities of working in a group and emphasized the importance of staying together.  Traveling to New Zealand and Australia also introduced me to similar and diverse cultures.  While in New Zealand, I was most appreciative of how the community utilized their agricultural resources. They stressed the importance of using the land and giving animals as much space as needed to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.  If I were to choose two places that we visited as my favorites, I would choose Rotorura in New Zealand, and Cairns in Australia.  I learned about folklore, history and heritage of Rotorura, and discovered the beauty and peacefulness of Cirnes.  While in Cairns, we even took a trip to explore the Great Barrier Reef where I was able to swim and play with two wild sea turtles!  This was an experience of a lifetime and I am so fortunate to have been able to partake in travels to New Zealand and Australia.  I never wanted to leave!"

~ Samantha M.

Kayleigh Poulin "The South Africa experience was honestly the trip of a lifetime! The opportunity to travel to a different country (or two if you count our layover in London) with professors and people I barely knew was extremely rewarding. We were able to take every activity and event that happened and build relationships through those experiences.  We were able to see a lion herd attack, kill, and eat a zebra—something none of us had ever seen and that our guide hadn't seen in five years. We visited colonies of penguins and seals, botanical gardens, and more. Being able to tour different villages and really breathe in their culture was unforgettable. South Africa was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking in every way. I could not be happier with my decision to go on this trip, and I really hope to be able to go back someday. Both my parents and I would say it worth any “risk” and monetary investment to have gone on this trip that I will remember for the rest of my life." 
~ Kayleigh P.
Laura Hancock
“The CNU South Africa study abroad trip was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. The experience of being in another country and getting to be a part of another culture and ecosystem was amazing. What made the trip the most meaningful for me, though, was that I got to experience it with my friends and professors. I learned so much about South African culture and wildlife and now when I go back to CNU I have people who I can share these new perspectives with. I would recommend participating in a study abroad trip if at all possible to any student, but more importantly go with people who will make the experience that much more educational and meaningful. Dr. Meyer and Dr. Sherwin have created a great overall experience for studying abroad!"
~ Laura H.