First things first: the “Natural and Applied Sciences” encompasses a huge range of fields ranging from Biology to Physics, from Animal Science to Information Technology, and from Mathematics to Marine Science. It would be a challenge to touch on every major in this large family of disciplines in a blog post, so consider this a starting point for your research into our programs around the world. We’ll provide some of the top experiences we can offer covering as many academic fields as possible and you dig in further via the links below to see what meets your needs best. Deal? Deal.
In general, unless a student is only interested in courses in a very niche major, they will be pleasantly surprised at the availability of coursework in the hard sciences, whether they plan to take a full load of chemistry classes in Australia for a semester, learn about Costa Rican ecology during the summer, or gain hands-on experience through an internship at a biodiversity research station in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The programs recommended below are just the tip of the iceberg!
Top semester programs for Natural & Applied sciences
Mahidol University is the top-ranked institution in Thailand and is well regarded across Asia. Though it attracts students from a wide variety of majors, it is actually most known locally for the strength of its coursework in the sciences. Here you will find a strong selection of courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics. Science majors on this program rarely have any trouble finding the courses they need towards their degree.
Located in the heart of London and with an outstanding academic reputation, the University Westminster is a fantastic place for students to spend a semester. The sets of courses most relevant here are in Computer Science and the Life/Biological Sciences. Courses in these fields are available both semesters.
Considered one of the best private universities in all of Central America, Veritas attracts students from all over the world to its welcoming campus close to central San José. Within the hard sciences, the focus here is primarily on environmental science, sustainability, ecology, biology, and zoology. As Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, students on this program do not lack opportunities to get up close and personal with the natural world!
Sogang University is one of the leading research and liberal arts universities in South Korea. Located in Central Seoul, it offers a range of English-taught courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. Visiting students will feel welcome; 40% of the student body of this cosmopolitan university is international.
Serious students of marine biology will have already heard of James Cook University– it is one of the places to study marine life, particularly that of the Great Barrier Reef (which is very close by). Alongside these courses (and related fieldwork opportunities), JCU offers a full complement of other courses from across the natural sciences.
Top summer programs for Natural & Applied sciences
The availability of major-specific courses usually drops on summer programs compared to semester opportunities, and that’s no different for students of the sciences. However there are still plenty of summer study abroad programs offering natural and applied science courses. Below are some that we recommend:
Top intern programs for Natural & Applied sciences
We love connecting students with experiential learning opportunities that allow them to gain skills towards their future careers. When it comes to internships in the hard sciences, the possibilities are nearly endless. Considering our network of host employers in more than a dozen countries around the world, we recommend the following programs most frequently to science students:
So what’s the next step? To dive deeper into the courses available on a particular program, take a look at the program pages that you are interested in, and scroll down to Academics. There, under “Choose your courses” you will find information about course offerings and availability. For intern programs, sample placements can be found on each program page as well.