Jenna Lawrence

Students in Jordan overlooking mountain

SEE-U Jordan: Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates

Language of Instruction: English
Location:
Jordan
Term: Summer

Summer field studies programs available to undergraduate students

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Program Overview

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The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) program provides undergraduate students of all majors with a global understanding of ecology and environmental sustainability. The SEE-U program gives you the opportunity to participate in a combination of lectures and labs, while conducting environmental fieldwork in unique natural settings around the world.

Eligibility and Application

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student and in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students from universities and colleges other than Columbia are welcome to apply.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

HOW TO APPLY

Want to apply? Click the “Start Your Application" button at the top of this page. If the button doesn't appear above, the program is not yet accepting applications. You will be asked to set up a short profile, which will allow us to send you relevant information about your application. Once you’ve created a profile, you will see a checklist of items that you will need to submit. These generally include:

  • Application questionnaire(s)
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation (to be completed by an academic or professional contact)
  • Home school approval/clearance

Academics

The program will consist of six Columbia University science credits over the course of approximately four weeks.

The SEE-U Jordan course provides students with a unique opportunity to study ecosystems, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability in Jordan. Participants in the course learn about marine, desert, and forest ecosystems while traveling the length of the entire country, from Amman in the north to Aqaba in the south.

In Jordan, you will explore coral reefs while snorkeling and studying marine ecology. These reefs contain over 350 species of bony fish, rays, hard and soft corals, and turtles. Students will also explore deserts in Dana, visit forests in Ajloun, and float in the Dead Sea to develop an in-depth understanding of ecology in Jordan. Extended stays at the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature’s reserves in Dana, the Wadi Mujib canyon, and Ajloun expose students to the country’s varied ecosystems and biodiversity. Cultural highlights during the program include a trip to Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Drawing on current issues in Jordanian resource management, the SEE-U Jordan course explores the interface between science and sustainable development. Students will learn about ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, taxonomy, and experimental design. The centerpiece of the course is an individual research project through which students learn how to plan, execute, and present on ecological research.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

FULFILLMENT OF ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Upon completion of the SEE-U program, you will receive six academic credits from Columbia University. Undergraduate students in good academic standing from all majors at all accredited colleges or universities may apply to the SEE-U program.

For Non-Columbia Students: Columbia University maintains high academic standards and it is likely that your institution will accept the credits from the SEE-U program as fulfillment of science or laboratory requirements. You are responsible for confirming that the credits from the SEE-U program are transferable and may be applied to your own academic program. If you have any questions or if your academic adviser would like to speak with one of our faculty members please email us directly.

Requirements Fulfilled at Columbia

We encourage you to speak with your academic adviser regarding how the SEE-U program can fit within your own particular academic program. Depending on your major and the school in which you are enrolled at Columbia University, the SEE-U program may be used to fulfill different sets of academic requirements. See below for historical details regarding how requirements have been fulfilled. Given that program requirements change regularly, please double-check all requirements with your adviser and department.

Columbia College
Non-Science Majors
The six credit SEE-U program fulfills two of the three Core Curriculum Science Requirements.

Environmental Biology Majors
Three credits of the SEE-U program may be used to fulfill an upper level laboratory requirement. The remaining three credits can be applied to either your general distribution or college credit requirements.

Sustainable Development Majors and Concentrators
The six credits of the SEE-U program may be used to fulfill course requirements in Analysis & Solutions of Complex Problems as well as the Skills / Actions areas.

Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species Majors and Concentrators
Three credits of the SEE-U program can be applied to either your general distribution or college credit requirements.

Other Science Majors
How the six credits of the SEE-U program may be applied will depend on your major. In general, three credits are used to fulfill an upper-level laboratory requirement and the remaining three credits may be applied to either your general distribution or college credit requirements.

General Studies
Non-Science Majors
The six credit SEE-U program fulfills two of the three Core Curriculum Science Requirements.

Sustainable Development Majors and Concentrators
The six credits of the SEE-U program may be used to fulfill course requirements in Analysis & Solutions of Complex Problems as well as the Skills / Actions areas.

Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species Majors and Concentrators
Three credits of the SEE-U program may be used towards the major / concentration and fulfills the conservation requirement. The remaining three credits can be applied to either your general distribution or college credit requirements.

Other Science Majors
How the six credits of the SEE-U program may be applied will depend on your major. In general, three credits are used to fulfill an upper-level laboratory requirement and the remaining three credits may be applied to either your general distribution or college credit requirements.

Barnard College
Non-Science Majors
The SEE-U program can be used to fulfill one of the two five-credit science requirements (the SEE-U program allows you to fulfill an entire intensive semester of science lab requirements).

Science Majors
The SEE-U program is most often used to fulfill an upper-level laboratory requirement. How the credits of the SEE-U program may be applied will depend on your major.

Grades and transcripts

All courses taken on the program are converted to an American grading scale and transmitted to students as follows:

Columbia students: Grades appear on SSOL and your transcript any semester grades from courses taken at Columbia. For more information, please see the section on Academic Credit in Steps to Study Abroad.

Barnard students: Grades appear on eBear and your transcript as any semester grades from courses taken at Barnard. For more information, please see the section on Credit and Transcripts for Barnard Students on our Barnard student pages.

Non-Columbia students: Grades are entered into Columbia system and you will need to request a transcript to obtain your final grades. Please see the section on Credit and Transcripts for Non-Columbia Students on the Non-Columbia student pages.

Life in Jordan

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Housing

The program provides accommodations in hotels, cabins, chalets, and guest houses throughout the course of the experience.

People

Faculty

Jenna Lawrence has taught undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses at Columbia University since 2007 through the department of ecology, evolution and environmental biology and the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Financial Considerations

Program costs

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Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change."

Financial Aid

If you are on financial aid, check to see if it can be applied to studying abroad. In general, summer financial aid is not available to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering students, but may be available to School of General Studies students. Non-Columbia students should check with their home schools for funding availability.

For more general information and resources on financing your time abroad, please see the pages below:

Resources for Accepted Students

Fact Sheet

Advisers:
Discipline:
STEM
Eligibility:
Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Columbia-Led Programs, First Year, Junior, Non-Columbia Undergraduates, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Location:
Jordan
Region:
The Middle East and North Africa, North America
Term:
Summer

Dates & Deadlines

Summer
2020
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 2, 2020