Students constructing a straw bale and earth geodesic dome in Israel. Living Routes photo.

New Study Abroad Options Offered

Northern is in the process of signing an agreement with a new study abroad program provider. Living Routes offers experiences in ecological villages around the world, teaching students about environmental issues, sustainable development, organic agriculture and green building practices.

The company bills itself as “carbon conscious” and demonstrates that commitment by participating in many study abroad fairs and other events through videoconferencing to limit environmental impacts and save on travel costs. It also uses Skype extensively to communicate with faculty and staff in the field.

Living Routes will unveil its programs to NMU students via a “virtual table” at the fall study abroad fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Whitman Hall Commons. The company provides opportunities in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru and Scotland.

“The combination of staying in a foreign country for a semester and experiencing a different culture and language, while also learning hands-on about the thriving ‘green’ industry and making a difference in someone’s life, is a fantastic learning environment for NMU students,” said Miriam Moeller (International Programs). “This new partnership not only benefits students, but it is also right along the lines of Northern’s Road Map to 2015. It will further our goal of becoming a more internationally engaged campus and it exposes our students to sustainable education and practices.”


Moeller and Susan Morgan (International Programs) are coordinating the study abroad fair. For more information on the new program provider, visit Living Routes.



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