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Off-Campus Study

Studying in another part of the world or country can be a valuable part of your academic journey and a chance to further broaden your scope of knowledge on living things through application in a different context.

Student in a kayakSome things to consider as a biology major as you plan your off-campus study experience:

  • Junior year generally works best to study off-campus, especially if taking organic chemistry, as those courses have usually been completed by then (during freshman and sophomore years).
  • Courses that can be taken off-campus include marine biology, conservation, ecology and vertebrae zoology. Some courses have an equivalent at Hope but many that are not offered here can still count toward your biology major.  
  • Some courses and programs are language immersion and require a certain language competency level.
  • Several pre-health courses are offered through off-campus study.
  • It is important to meet with your academic advisor regarding the courses you plan on taking off-campus.

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Field studies in Biology (the science and culture of coffee, Costa rica)

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"My experience in Kaikoura was incredible. We were surrounded by an amazing array of marine life: dolphins, seals, whales, albatross and even penguins. My experience helping the Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute with Hector's and Dusky dolphin surveys really helped me develop a research focus for a future in ecological graduate work. I loved being a part of endangered species conservation. I was immersed in a town where every factor (tourism, fisheries, geological landscapes, the behavior of wild animals, etc.) was important for establishing a healthier relationship with the creatures we share the planet with."   
— Jennifer Fuller ’17