Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates

“The SEE-U program is a life-changing experience.  This program teaches you not only about ecology and sustainable development but also about a new country, its culture, and, ultimately, more about yourself.  SEE-U allows you to bond with your classmates and instructors in a way that is impossible to do in a formal classroom.  These memories will last a lifetime.”

SEE-U 2019 in brief (PDF)

SEE-U 2019 brochure (PDF)

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Summer 2019 programs:


New York City | The agroecosystems of New Yorkbeetroots
6 credits, 6 weeks
Summer 2019 – Second Summer Session
July 1 – August 9

SEE-U NYC in brief (PDF)

Agroecosystems represent the dominant ecosystem on Earth today but differ from other ecosystems in the way they are managed. They are the primary ecosystems that provide humanity with food, fiber, and biofuels.  The course will cover agroecosystems and food systems of the entire world, but its field exercises and excursions will center on the farms and food systems in the rural-urban gradient from New York City to its surrounding environs.


**SEE-U Brazil has been canceled for Summer 2019.**

Brazil | The Atlantic Forest & Serra do Mar State ParkBrazil Photo
6 credits, 5 weeks
Summer 2020 – First Summer Session
Dates TBD (Early June – Early July)

SEE-U Brazil in brief (PDF)

The Atlantic Forest is one of the most endangered regions in the world. You will work and live in some of the largest remaining tracts of this diverse forest, located an hour outside of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo. Students stay at IPÊ, one of the most well-known environmental research institutions in Brazil. The course includes several day-long visits to diverse ecosystems, including the coast and mountainous regions. Tropical flora and fauna abound here, including several endangered primates.



Jordan | Amman, Aqaba, Dana, & AjlounJordan_Photo
6 credits, 4 weeks
Summer 2019 – Second Summer Session
July 7-August 5

SEE-U Jordan in brief (PDF)

Embark on an exploration of Jordan’s ecology through coursework and field experiences. Jordan is an ideal location for studying biodiversity, as a wide variety of flora and fauna inhabit Jordan’s wetland, marine, freshwater, desert, and forest ecosystems. Students will also explore environmental resource management in one of the most water-scarce regions in the world.


** The inaugural course of SEE-U Costa Rica has been postponed to 2020.**

Costa Rica | San Jose, DominicalCosta_Rica_Photo
6 credits, 5 weeks
Summer 20120 – First Summer Session
Dates TBD (Late May – Late June)

SEE-U Costa Rica in brief (PDF)

This course will examine the complexities of this question through lectures and discussions, speaking with coffee farmers and researchers, and conducting our own fieldwork. Students will explore the ecology of coffee landscapes; assess coffee certifications such as shade grown, organic, Rainforest Alliance, and Smithsonian Bird Friendly; examine socio-economic and environmental issues associated with the coffee industry; and provide insight into the challenges that farmers face and the complexities involved in defining “sustainable” coffee.