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Study Abroad Opportunities

Students work side by side with professors, professionals and other students in a variety of settings on and off campus. January and summer sessions take them to exciting destinations such Alaska, The Bahamas and Nicaragua. Internships and research opportunities also put students in roles where they work alongside professionals in diverse fields, learning to collaborate with others and work independently at the same time.

Field Ecology in Alaska

Dr. Jerry Sweeten led a trip to Alaska for nine students and three adults in a two-week field class in June 2009. The group spent the entire trip on the Kenai Peninsula where they met with scientists actively involved in research with climate change, stream restoration, moose populations and water quality monitoring. They hiked many miles and spent several days in the bush. "A hot shower and warm meal sure felt good at the end of our adventure," says Sweeten. The next trip will be summer 2011.

Marine Biology in The Bahamas

The Bahamian Expedition is a travel course to the Forfar Biological Field Station located on Andros Island, Bahamas. While Andros Island is the largest of the Bahamian Islands, it is sparsely populated and truly third world. There are no large cities, no casinos, no resorts and not even one American fast food restaurant. Situated at the edge of the third longest barrier coral reef complex in the world and the tongue of the ocean, the Forfar Biological Field Station is well equipped to accommodate our scientific and cultural endeavors. Accommodations are rustic yet comfortable. Throughout this course, students are actively involved in individual research projects that range from bonefish population dynamics to parrotfish foraging to sand dollar diurnal movement. While much of the time is spent in the ocean, students also experience terrestrial and inland freshwater aquatic systems. Students become familiar with endemic plants and animals of the island and travel to various parts of the island to gain a better understanding of the Bahamian people and their culture.  After busy day in the field or ocean, evenings are spent in reflection on the day’s activities.

Medical Practicum in Nicaragua

Each January session, a group of Manchester students, faculty and health professionals (physicians, dentists, pharmacists and nurses) travel to Nicaragua where they establish a health clinic in a remote area of the country. This international trip gives students interested in public health, the medical field or social services an opportunity to gain hands-on experience helping people, as well as a cultural experience they will take with them the rest of their lives. See more photos in our Photo Album >


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