Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

SFA and Alvdalens students atop Hykieberg Mountain in Sweden

Students must act now to take advantage of next year’s opportunities to expand their scientific and cultural knowledge through Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s study abroad Maymester programs.

Dr. Brian Oswald and Dr. Michael Maurer will lead Horticulture, Natural Resources and Tourism in The Netherlands from May 18 through 29. This three-credit course provides participants with the opportunity to observe natural resource management, horticulture and tourism by exploring the forested Veluwe, coastal area and Amsterdam. The program offers an unparalleled glimpse into measures being taken to address climate change induced wildland fires, as well as an opportunity to explore one of the world’s leading horticulture sectors. Course application and deposit must be received by January 23.

Maymester 2015 will mark the second year ATCOFA has participated in a study abroad program in partnership with Älvdalens Educational Center in Älvdalens, Sweden. Alvdalens Educational Center began 50 years ago offering only technical training in forestry. Since then, the school has expanded to include secondary-school level and advanced vocational training in the tourism, restaurant, transportation and construction industries. Forestry, Recreation and Hospitality in Sweden, led by Drs. Matthew McBroom and Chay Runnels, will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the confluence of ecology, history and culture through visits to forest, recreation and hospitality resources. Additionally, time will be spent in the historic city of Stockholm learning more about urban forestry, recreation and interpretation. The application deadline for this course is February 28.

Participants must have been enrolled at SFA at least one semester during the twelve-month period prior to the study abroad program, with a minimum 2.5 GPA for undergraduates and a minimum 3.3 overall GPA for graduate students. Student scholarships are available through the Office of International Programs. Other requirements, applications and information may be found at SFA's Office of International Programs. Interested students may also contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-2961. All disciplines are welcome to apply.

Learn more about the course that interests you by viewing the online brochures for  Horticulture, Natural Resources and Tourism in the Netherlands and Forestry, Recreation and Hospitality in Sweden.