Global Research and Study for Biology Majors
Department of Biology
Each year, many of our biology students expand their horizons and increase their knowledge by participating in global research and study abroad opportunities. These valuable experiences offer great personal growth, academic enrichment and the chance to discover the world while gaining hands-on experience in the discipline of biology. Students have worked to conserve sea turtles on the beaches of Greece; studied endangered primates in the forests of Bioko Island, Africa; conducted research in molecular biology labs in China, and explored diversity in culture and education by studying in classrooms in London, Scotland, Germany and Australia — just to name a few.
Students may choose from both long-term and short-term international experiences. Co-ops abroad, and some study abroad programs, may offer the opportunity to work and study abroad for up to six months. Short-term opportunities exist through programs such as International Alternative Spring Breaks, Summer Study Abroad programs and intensive courses abroad.
Spotlight: Biodiversity Research
The pristine tropical forests, mountains, lakes and beaches of Bioko Island are home to some of the world’s rare, vanishing primates and other endangered species. Here, Drexel students conduct individual field research projects at the Moka Wildlife Center.
Drexel in Equatorial Guinea: Biodiversity on Bioko Island
This opportunity takes place on the beautiful island of Bioko, home to some of the world’s rare and vanishing primate species and other endangered flora and fauna. Bioko Island is part of the Spanish-speaking central African country of Equatorial Guinea. Students participate in individual field research projects at the Moka Wildlife Center, utilizing the tropical forests, mountains, lakes and beaches of Bioko Island. They also complete coursework at the National University of Equatorial Guinea in the capital city of Malabo.
Drexel in Equatorial Guinea: GENTE Consortium
The GENTE Consortium —which stands for the Guinea Ecuatorial — Naturaleza, Turismo Y Educación Consortium— is a network of universities and research institutes that advances solutions in education, environmental conservation, and public health for the benefit of the people of Equatorial Guinea. By leveraging the expertise of partner organizations, GENTE aims to increase national human capacity, protect the country’s rich biodiversity, and build a more resilient health system. Together, these objectives will drive sustainable growth in Equatorial Guinea.
Drexel in Cameroon: Biodiversity and Conservation
This unique three-and-a-half week field course pairs U.S. students with Cameroonian and Equatoguinean students in field-based research projects. The course is team-taught, and includes lectures and field instruction by professors from Drexel, UCLA, the University of Hong Kong, University of Halle Wittenberg (Germany), University of Buea (Cameroon), the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences (Cameroon) and the National University of Equatorial Guinea. Lectures take place in Yaounde, the capitol of Cameroon. Students carry out field research projects at Mbam and Djerem National Park and Ebo Forest; both have excellent opportunities for viewing some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife, particularly forest elephants, chimpanzees and gorillas.