Global Field Studies are a very important—and transformative—part of life at Sterling.
Faculty-led, immersive, and environmentally focused, the Sterling College Global Field Studies program offers you a chance to discover the diversity of the planet’s landscapes and cultures, as well as explore the complex, ever changing co-evolutionary relationships among people and place. Students take the methods for learning a local ecology they have practiced on campus and apply these methods to new places. They return enriched and refreshed, ultimately knowing Northern Vermont better for having left it and returned.
What you can do:
- Participate in traditional Cape Breton dance and music workshops given by a world-renowned performers.
- Take up residency at a research station deep in the jungle of Belize.
- Backpack amongst thousand year old trees in the Sierra Nevada.
- Sail the North Atlantic in search of whales and seabirds.
- Discover backcountry cliff dwellings inhabited by ancient peoples.
- Explore the bens and glens of the Scottish Highlands.
- Bicycle to sustainable energy developments in Iceland and Denmark.
Go! There’s nothing stopping you!
Take the leap and experience new ecosystems, and cultures. Global Field Studies programs are included as part of your fees.
Global Field Studies courses are interdisciplinary by nature, and are designed to complement your studies in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems or your Self-Designed major. GFS programs are part of our regular course offerings, and students are eligible to take two Global Field Studies courses during their Sterling careers. Priority for registration is based on seniority and successful completion of prerequisite classes.
Here, students on our Cape Breton Global Field Program learned about traditional lifeways and had fun!