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

Bull Elephant
"I often find it hard to answer the question "how was your trip?" Something so special simply can’t be put into words." Learn more...
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...

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.

Spring Break 2025

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.

May 21, 2024 - June 13, 2024

Discover Namibia

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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: Managing Diverse Ecosystems

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.

Winter Break 2024-2025

All Aboard for Australia

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


Student Stories

Eculatypus tree
Bushfire Management: Learn more...
Queer Communities Down Under: Learn more...
Aborignal necklace
A Cultural Perspective from a Tasmanian Aboriginal: Learn more...
Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil Cancer: Learn more...
Great Barrier Reef sponges
Coral Reef Ecosystems and Ecotourism: Learn more...

Bahama: Marine Ecology

Explore tropical marine ecosystems for a week and gain hands-on field experience at the Bimini Biological Field Station in South Bimini, the Bahamas.

January 9-16, 2025

For more information

Being in Bahama (Application Deadline 9/27/2024)

Sting ray

Student Stories

Ciara Nelson in smiling
While I was in Bimini, we swam with black tip, black nose, lemon, nurse, hammerhead, and tiger sharks. Learn more...

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