While we’re based in the prairie state, our students have the opportunity to practice their skills on a global scale. Students can travel abroad with faculty members to see first-hand how to adapt what they have learned to different environments, or pave their own way and choose one of the other 400 study abroad opportunities available at U of I.

The advantages of studying abroad are too numerous to count. Completing academic coursework in another country is one of the best ways to build many of the skills that employers seek, such as the ability to communicate effectively with people who are different from you, navigate situations of uncertainty, communicate fluently in another language, and face challenging situations effectively. Having study abroad experience demonstrates to potential employers that you are an independent, motivated individual who embraces a challenge.

The College of ACES and the University of Illinois offer outstanding study abroad opportunities and extensive logistical and financial support. NRES offers several courses that culminate in an international field experience (usually as sections of NRES 285), and we encourage our students to pursue longer study abroad experiences, as well. With advanced planning, students can pursue any University approved program and make progress toward graduation. View a list of programs that fit the NRES major well.

For more information about your options for studying abroad


  • O'Hara-Brawn Study Abroad Scholarship
    The purpose of this fund is to support undergraduate travel scholarships in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences for students participating in study abroad programs led by faculty in the College of ACES. To be considered, students must complete the Study Abroad scholarship application processes:
  • From the College of ACES
  • From the University of Illinois