The world is changing rapidly as advancements in technology and telecommunications increase the inter-connectivity of our lives. Global trends are evident in the interactions between social, economic and natural systems. Changing societal and human needs present new challenges for the future and increase the importance of incorporating sustainability into the decision-making process.
The College of Natural Resources is dedicated to advancing innovative solutions to meet these new challenges. In fact, we believe that approaching the issues surrounding our planet from a global perspective is critical to achieving our mission. Students gain new and valuable perspective from experiences with their peers in other places and by exploring natural resource issues around the world. Our faculty and graduate students also maintain ties with colleagues from universities in other countries and work together with researchers across the globe developing and implementing innovative solutions to a host of natural resources questions.
Paper International Experience (PIE)
The biennial PIE program helps students to become more aware of the global community and gain a deeper understanding of the pulp and paper industry.
International Degree Programs
- The Masters International Program allows students who are working toward advanced degrees in international natural resources or forestry areas of study to receive credit for Peace Corps service.
- The Masters of Natural Resources International Resources Technical Option is designed to enhance students’ understanding of international forestry and natural resource management and prepare them for careers abroad or with internationally-oriented institutions and companies in the U.S.
- The Transatlantic Paper Science and Engineering Undergraduate Dual Degree Program (TAPS) is an integrated undergraduate student exchange program created by a consortia of respected and prominent paper science and engineering institutions in the United States, Germany and Finland, under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union. The TAPS program provides U.S., German and Finnish students with two internationally recognized B.S. degrees and international work experience to launch their professional careers.
From pro-golf management internships in New Zealand to programs focusing on biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea, the College of Natural Resources has a Study Abroad program that is right for you. Explore departmental pages to learn more about opportunities for your major:
- Forest Biomaterials International Page
- Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management International Page
- Forestry and Environmental Resources International Page
Looking for more options? visit the NC State Study Abroad Office.
International Scholarships and Grants
Students pursuing an international degree or research area should take advantage of funding opportunities designated for students with a global focus. Travel grants and scholarships are distributed in the Spring for Spring Break and Summer trips. Apply using the College of Natural Resources Scholarship Application.
- The Bruce and Barbara Zobel Endowment, established in 1998, instills an international perspective in forestry students and enables them to obtain firsthand experience with forestry in diverse environments around the world. The endowment has funded both supplemental scholarships for graduate students and mini-grants to undergraduate and graduate students for travel to other countries.
- The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.
- The Gunnar and Lillian Nicholson Graduate Fellowship and Faculty Exchange Fund in Forestry was established by the late Gunnar Nicholson to enhance scholarly exchange among Swedish and NC State students, faculty and scientists.
- The Joint CNR/CALS Borlaug Lecture and Award for Global Service to Society and Environment is given to a tenure-track faculty member from any of NC State’s colleges, jointly by the deans of CALS and CNR. This prestigious award recognizes exemplary service to Environment and Society through any mechanisms of scholarly work.
Study Abroad Spotlight
IMAGINE South Africa
Jayna Sananikone, an environmental technology and management major, and Megan Pendell, an environmental sciences major, studied abroad in South Africa. The IMAGINE South Africa program focuses on water quality through a series called "South Africa: Water Woes, People, Parks and Pollution," which includes lectures for course credit and hands-on research experiences out in the field.