Summer Programs

Columbia University, in collaboration with its partner institutions, offers several exciting Earth and environment summer opportunities for teachers and students. From hands-on outdoor research at Black Rock Forest to special trips to museums with the Center for Environmental Research and Education, a summer course at Columbia University is an enriching experience. Check the listings below and please continue to visit our site for updates.


The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates Program at Columbia University, Offered by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)

The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) program provides undergraduate students of all majors from all accredited colleges or universities with a global understanding of ecology and environmental sustainability.  Students have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in unique natural settings in addition to participation in a combination of classroom lectures and lab work.

As one student put it, “In this program you don’t only learn  about ecology. You also learn about a new country and about yourself,  and you bond with your classmates and instructors in a way that is  impossible to do in a formal classroom.”

Summer 2012 Field Sites (5 weeks, 6 credits):

  • Brazil: The Atlantic Forest
  • Puerto Rico: El Yunque National Forest
  • Dominican Republic: Punta Cana
  • Jordan: Amman, Aqaba, Dana, and Wadi Mujib

Students learn ecology and environmental sustainability through applied field techniques

SEE-U features:

  • Earn 6 Undergraduate Credits in just 5 weeks.
  • Receive a transcript from Columbia University.
  • No prerequisites required to enroll.
  • Fellowship funding is available through CERC.

For more information on SEE-U, including Summer Session dates, visit the program website at

Science Teachers Enhance the Future (STEF)

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), in collaboration with St. Thomas Aquinas College's teacher education program, offers the Earth2Class workshops to gather and train teacher-mentors in earth science. Workshops take place at LDEO and may be eligible for partial support and graduate credit from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

For more information, email Dr. Robert Searson at


Summer Internships at the Institute on Climates and Planets (ICP)

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The ICP program hosts an intensive summer institute with competitive research internships for students and faculty at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University.

Black Rock Forest Summer Program

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A new collaborative outreach effort through the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University and the Institute on Climate and Planets, the Columbia Earth Institute, the City University of New York, and New York City metro area schools. High school students and teachers team up with scientists for 3 weeks on research taking place at Black Rock Forest, a scenic area comprised of several different ecosystems and plant/animal habitats about 50 miles north of New York City.