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UF in Europe - Environmental Ethics and Sustainability Politics
Freiburg, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Genoa, Italy; Strasbourg, France; Turin, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
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Program Advisor: Aaron Watkins
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Program Type: UF Sponsored Field of Study: Sustainability
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UF in Europe

Environmental Ethics & Sustainability Politics
Summer A 2018: 6/5/2018 - 7/4/2018


About the Program

This is a hands-on, full-spectrum program in comparative environmental politics and sustainability.
In many respects, European cities are much more advanced in environmental conservation and sustainability, especially regarding climate change policies, than their American counterparts.  The countries of Switzerland and Germany are among the most advanced countries in the world in this regard (ranked 2nd, 4th respectively), having demonstrated a commitment and success in becoming sustainable. The world famous eco-district Vauban, a “zero emissions” region of Freiburg, has been dubbed the most sustainable town on the globe.
As part of the course requirements, students will be developing projects for “bringing home” to their own towns, cities, and states the best environmental and sustainability practices and policies observed and studied in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Italy.

About the Location

This program takes place in Strasbourg, France, visiting Karlsruhe and Freiburg in Germany; staying in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as Turin and Genoa, Italy.


Students will visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg, United Nations and World Trade Organization in Geneva, many castles, wineries, and organic farms in France and Germany, windfarms and solar power industries, local and organic food production, as well as cooking schools in Italy.


Students will stay in 3 star hotels and an 18th century chateau in France.

Course Information

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science

Course is taught by UF Faculty

POS 2032: Politics of Sustainability
POT 3503: Environmental Ethics and Politics

Students who have already taken one or both of the courses listed above may receive 3 or 6 credits for POS 4956: Overseas Study.

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6


  • open to all majors
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • students in good standing



Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.


2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $6,720

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses.

What's Included:

Tuition for 6 credits, transportation in Europe during program, lodging accommodations, field trips, guided tours, guest lecturers, all breakfasts and some dinners, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare to Europe, lunches and most dinners, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Aaron Watkins


Program Director
Dr. Les Thiele


This program is currently not accepting applications.