Beyond the Classroom

Southern Africa: Wildlife Conservation

Spend a month camping in the South Africa bush learning about the national history of the bushveld. The Makuleke Concession of Kruger National Park represents the diversity of modern conservation issues in Africa ? with enormous numbers of wildlife that conflict with local villages and agriculture. Students in the course will experience phenomenal wildlife and learn about the challenges South Africa faces during this period of rapid change. Previous trips have been to Botswana.

May 17 to June 17, 2024

Explore Africa


Student Stories

On the trail
Amazing sunrises each morning. Learn more...
On the trail
"I loved meeting people from all over the world. Zoom can be boring, but not this time. The class was super informational too. The online instructors were excellent and very accessible and understanding. It feels like we did the class long ago, as it took six months to get here to do the practical component." Learn more...
Tree in Botswana
Finding career direction by traveling to southern Africa. Learn more...

Puerto Rico: Tropical Ecosystems

Locations: Puerto Rico
Fields of Study: Tropical Ecology
Program Highlights: Students will have the opportunity to experience the rain and dry forests, snorkel on a tropical reef and bioluminescent bay and explore the tropical rivers, underground caves and beaches of Puerto Rico. They will also visit research stations and interact with locals while observing the components of tropical ecosystems on a major island system.

Passage to Puerto Rico


Student Stories

Puerto Rico a 'wild, busy, unforgettable' trip Learn more....
Geting a ride

Namibia - Southern African: Wildlife Conservation

Discover and learn about the variety of ecosystems found in this southern African country. Visit landmarks like Etosha National Park, where students can see elephants, zebras and other large animals. Along the Namibian coast, students can sightsee as seals and whales swim in and near harbors.

Discover Nambia

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Student Stories

Erika Swenson on Dunes
The untouched landscapes extend for hundreds of miles Learn more...
Powell and Student with Bird
Trip exposes student to new ecosytem, culture. Learn more...
Learn more about study abroad as a class Learn more...

Faculty Stories

Larkin Powell's Youtube Channel

Visit Larkin Powell's Youtube channel about his trips to Namibia guiding students on study abroad trips.

YouTube Channel

Australia: Natural Resources Down Under

Immerse yourself in Australia's bountiful natural wonders while also learning about agricultural enterprises in the Down Under. For three weeks, students learn about Australia's wildlife conservation efforts, including those to save the endangered Tasmanian devil, while exploring food industries from vineyards and lavender fields to fisheries and oyster farms.

All Aboard for Australia

  • Photos on the beach
  • Photos on the beach
  • Inspecting sample
  • Beach Walk
  • Inspecting sample
  • Beach Walk
  • Beach Walk
  • Inspecting sample

Greece: Sustainability, Environment & Society

Spend two weeks discovering Greece's history, environment and agriculture, explore the unique ecosystems of Santorini and Crete, and understand the scientific and human dimensions of natural resource management, all while celebrating this country's rich cultural heritage.


Student Stories

Group Picture
Sustainable Greece inspiration to students. Learn more....
Geting a ride

Cedar Point: Right in our "backyard"

The University of Nebraska's Cedar Point Biological Station (CPBS) is a field research facility and experiential classroom. CPBS is located off campus in western Nebraska, near Lake McConaughy and the city of Ogallala. The station sits in the heart of the western high plains near the juncture of tall grass and short grass prairie, on the south edge of the Sandhills and the North Platte River valley. The success of the Cedar Point Experience draws on the wide variety of local habitats with an abundance and diversity of flora and fauna.

Come to Cedar Point

  • Cedar Point 2015 - Student walking
    Cedar Point 2014 - River Sampling
  • Cedar Point 2015 - Student with Mary Bomberger Brown
    Cedar Point 2015 - Student with Bird
  • Cedar Point 2015 - Student looking a you
    Cedar Point 2015 - Student Note Taking
  • Cedar Point 2015 - Student sampling
    Cedar Point 2015 - Student with Fish

Why Should I Enroll in a CPBS Course?

  • You'll get to visit the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills!
  • You'll have the opportunity to live in rustic cabins by serene Lake Ogallala.
  • Class are less lecture-based and more field-based, so you spend most of your days (and sometimes nights!) outside delving into field science!
  • Relationships with students, TAs, and professors form fast and strong.
  • You get to eat three meals a day with science-minded people from undergraduates to well-known scientists where you can discuss ideas.
  • Complete a 4 credit course in 3 weeks or 3 credit course in 2 weeks.
  • It's a really amazing experience!

Classes taught at CPBS can include: Ornithology, Biology, Ecology & Evolution, Field Epidemiology, Ecological Issues in the Great Plains, and Literature & the Environment.

Beyond the Classroom