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Examine examples of green infrastructure, sustainable design, and low-impact transportation systems in Sweden.

  • Explore innovative sustainable practices in one of the leading green living regions in the world.
  • Compare Malmo's post-industrial sustainable reinvention to Rochester and identify key practices Rochester could adopt toward more eco-friendly urban living.
  • Participate in interactive field studies and create a final project. 
  • Collaborate with local students at the University of Malmo. 

This program focuses on the fundamental concepts of ecosystem science in a global urban setting. Malmo is a post-industrial city, much like Rochester, that has had to re-invent itself in the wake of major industry loss. Malmo has embraced many aspects of "green" infrastructure and serves as an example of how cities can move toward sustainable urban living. The eco-center developments of Malmo provide models for Rochester to consider as it embarks on creating an eco-center in the High Falls area. You will explore topics such as transportation, immigration, and more.

Hosted by Malmo University, you will collect data and spatial information in this interactive field course, possibly process laboratory samples and create a final project. You will participate in academic excursions in/near Copenhagen and Malmo to locations such as the Western Harbor, Fastrerbo (bird banding station), re-claimed brownfields (lime quarry), Augustenborg, Hyllie, and many urban gardens and green spaces. Students will stay in shared accommodations in a hostel with kitchen access, ensuite bathroom, and breakfast included.

No language requirement - program is taught in English.

Program Details:

  • Term: Spring 2022 course with early summer travel
  • Travel Dates: May 10-27, 2022
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: 
    ENVS- 305 Urban Ecology (3 credits) (undergraduate)
    ENVS-798 Independent Study (3 credits) (graduate)

    Students will be enrolled in a spring 2022 course in Rochester and will travel to Sweden in early summer to complete their coursework.
  • No pre-requisites, open to all undergraduate majors (preference given to 2nd year or above), and graduate students

Program Costs:
A student budget worksheet outlining program costs is available here. Take a copy of this budget to a meeting with your RIT financial aid assistant director PRIOR to the application deadline to learn how your aid may apply towards program costs. Study abroad scholarships may be available for this program (must meet eligibility requirements).

Program Flyer - Urban Ecology in Sweden

To Apply

1) Watch this short video to understand all the application steps - Faculty-Led Programs: Student Application Steps 

2) Start an application in the Study Abroad Compass

COVID-19 & Study Abroad

The RIT Education Abroad office is constantly monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting international travel, with student safety as our top priority. Students will be required to be vaccinated, follow all applicable CDC and/or state/international travel guidelines when traveling, and may need to take additional precautions. For the most up to date information and FAQs, please visit COVID-19 & Study Abroad 

Language of Instruction: 
Course Discipline: 
Ecology, Sustainability, Biology
Undergraduate, Graduate
Open To: 

RIT Students only