It appears to me that nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist than a journey in distant countries.
Sutdent Profile: Kate Cassim
“Amazing” is the word Kate Cassim chooses to describe her RIT trip to the Galapagos Islands. For 10 days, Kate and fellow students lived on a boat and traveled to different islands, seeing a plethora of the area’s unique species.
“It’s a great opportunity to see the great effect conservation can have on an area, to see people enjoying wildlife without harming it,” she says.
Kate started out as a zoology major at another university, but wanted a stronger science background and broader fieldwork options. She transferred to RIT after meeting with faculty and seeing how willing they were to work individually with students.
“I’ve gotten to know them so well, and they’ve given me so many opportunities,” she says. “They have their own interests, but they’re more interested in helping you succeed.”
Study abroad gives students outstanding opportunities to live and work in other cultures, study multiple ecosystems first hand, and gain exposure to a world of career possibilities. RIT study abroad options range from semesters in Europe, Africa, Central America or the Caribbean, to unforgettable 10-day trips to Baja and the Galapagos.
Denmark’s International Study Program: Denmark is a remarkable example of how environmental protection can be achieved in an affluent free-market economy. This program allows RIT students to study at Danish universities and participate in field-based study tours throughout Europe. Courses, including biology and environmental science, are taught in English.
The School for Field Studies: RIT’s affiliation with The School for Field Studies enables students to spend a semester studying ecology and conducting research in Australia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, or the Turks and Ciacos Islands in the Caribbean.
Baja, Mexico: Spend spring break studying gray whales, and sea turtle behaviors, mangrove and desert eco systems, and aquaculture. The “Ecology of Baja” course meets one hour a week during winter quarter, then culminates in a spring-break trip to a field station in Baja.
Galapagos Islands: It was a visit to the Galapagos—with its plethora of uniquely adapted subspecies—that inspired Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution. Today the Galapagos is home to advanced efforts to preserve such species as the green turtle and the Galapagos sea lion. RIT’s ten-day trip has students living on boats and traveling from island to island to study wildlife and conservation.