Study abroad and sustainability

While studying and working abroad can offer opportunities for personal and academic growth, it is important to be aware of and consider the environmental impact associated with activities such as air travel. 

By being conscious of the environmental impact of studying abroad and making informed choices, you can help minimise your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable global education experience.  Further information is available in our blog.

Carbon footprint

Air travel is a major contributor to carbon emissions. Consider the distance and mode of transportation when choosing a study abroad programme. Programmes closer to home or those with shorter flights may have a smaller environmental impact.  For placements in Europe, train travel may also be an option.

Alternative transportation

Explore alternative transportation options, such as trains or buses, especially if you're studying in a region with well-developed public transportation infrastructure. This can significantly reduce your carbon footprint compared to air travel.  Many universities and cities have local bike rental schemes and walking can also be a great way to explore a new city.

Programme choices

Consider study abroad programmes that emphasize sustainability and environmental responsibility. Some universities and programmes incorporate eco-friendly practices into their operations and coursework.

Local engagement

Consider how you can engage with and contribute to the local community in an environmentally responsible way. This could involve participating in local sustainability initiatives, volunteering with environmental organisations, or supporting eco-friendly businesses.  

Reducing waste

Be mindful of your waste generation. Choose reusable items over disposable ones, recycle when possible, and participate in local waste reduction programs.  Many of our partners also have extensive recycling programmes. Bring essentials with you or buy second hand locally. Donate items you no longer require at the end of your placement instead of throwing them away.

Cultural awareness

Learn about and respect the local environmental customs and practices. Understanding the cultural context can help you make more sustainable choices while studying abroad.

Food and drink

Try buying local and seasonal products if possible.  Check if the local tap water is safe to drink to avoid buying bottled water.