Beyond the Classroom


While much of their time is spent in the classroom, Yale students have some of their most memorable learning experiences farther afield: on a field study trip, either far from campus or nearby, or during a semester or summer abroad to pursue research, volunteer, or intern.

During a recent spring break, for example, two School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) faculty members took students on a tour of southern U.S. forests to discuss forestry and forest management — a 40-plus-year tradition at the school. In addition, students from the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and F&ES traveled to Haiti to establish a learning collaboration with a hospital there and to research the opportunities and challenges faced by Haitian partners in dealing with environmental and public health problems. Every other year, students at the Institute of Sacred Music travel abroad as a group to visit sacred spaces and experience relevant music and art, with their most recent excursions being to Greece and Turkey.

On other trips, students in an environmental studies class traveled to China and India to investigate issues such as air quality, urban transport, and water supply; School of Nursing students studied traditional Chinese medicine in Hong Kong; School of Management students visited an open-pit coal mine in Borneo; and undergraduate students interested in international relations met the U.S. ambassador to Greece to talk about the debt crisis in that country.

Featured below are just some of these learning experiences beyond the classroom.

Yale and FGV students team up to consult for social enterprises in Brazil

Over spring break, students gear up for new challenges

Beinecke Library to be canvas for exhibit highlighting Yale discoveries

Yale students get hands-on experience in art acquisitions

A lab with a magnetism all its own

PremieBreathe team visits Ethiopia to test low-cost respirator

Student-led contemporary worship provides ‘spiritual stretch’ 

The key to engineering without borders? Collaboration and commitment

Black lives matter in 18th century British art, too

Musings from winter break in India

In conversation: Global Food Fellow Jacob Wolf-Sorokin ’16 on sustainable farming in Nepal

Architecture students compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Decathalon

Yale course encourages students to engage with sustainability

A Khushi Baby is a healthier baby, thanks to Yale entrepreneurs

The 2014 World Parks Congress begins

Yale students spend a summer in Brazil

Down on the farm and up in the hills; pre-orientation programs ease the transition for freshmen

Affordable and compact: Yale students build home in West River neighborhood

GHLI Fellows write about their work overseas

Bulldog in Croatia

Q&A: Yale College student Eugene Kim on his recent trip to Ghana

Yalies on spring break 2013

Institute of Sacred Music study tour to Greece and Turkey

Environmental Studies 346 class visit to China and India

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 2013 spring break study excursions

Meet Yale’s summer globetrotters