Engaging the world in our teaching, research and outreach activities is critical to our ability to find and share solutions to natural resources challenges. As part of an increasingly connected world, we encourage our students to travel outside of North Carolina and the U.S. to gain a greater understanding of how the concepts they learn in the classroom are implemented in other countries — making them more engaged and marketable global citizens.

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International Impact

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.

Student Experiences

International Degree Programs

  • 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.

Study Abroad

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:

Looking for more options? visit the NC State Study Abroad Office.

International Scholarships and Grants

  • Study Abroad Scholarships are offered by the College of Natural Resources (Academic Affairs Office) and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (Lee and Sunny Allen Fund).  To apply, students should submit scholarship applications through the university Study Abroad Office.
  • The Bruce and Barbara Zobel Endowment for International Forestry Studies, 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 awards mini-grants to undergraduate and graduate students in FER for travel to other countries for research or internships.
  • The Laarman International Gift Fund supports creative and important international research by graduate students in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources by providing mini-grants that fund international travel.
  • 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.  Nicholson fellowships are awarded to Swedish students to obtain doctoral degrees in forest genetics and management in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (DFER).  The Fund also supports short-term exchange between Swedish forestry institutions and DFER.