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.