Study Abroad with Sustainability in mind!
Are you tired of hearing about the problems the world is facing? Are you ready to look at creative solutions? Would you like to learn from amazing individuals, organizations, and communities committed to living sustainably? Are you ready to become a leader in promoting sustainability on your campus and in your home community? If so, we invite you to go beyond abroad, have an adventure of a life-time, and learn how one life, your life, can make a BIG difference in the world.
Participation in a CELL (Center for Ecological Living and Learning) program is more than an adventure; it will inspire you to be the change you want to see in the world. You will live in amazing eco-villages and learn experientially in a 24/7 learning environment. You will live and learn in a tight-knit learning community. You will learn how sustainability through community is possible. You will learn how the problems we face are big, but the solutions are BIGGER! You will never be the same. You will return home with a fire in your belly and a commitment to take action.
LocationsCELL offers programs during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters in:
Costa Rica - Spring Semester
Iceland - Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Scotland - Fall and Summer Semesters
Housing options will vary by program. For more information please visit the specific CELL program page. The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that CELL sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
Program CostsStudents participating on CELL programs will be billed through Appalachian the CELL program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the CELL costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
|1CELL Program Cost||See CELL||See CELL|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200||$200|
|Intl Health Development Fee||$60||$60|
|International Health Insurance||$1.45/day||$1.45/day|
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
|Estimated Additional Costs||Semester||Summer|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||Varies||NA|
|2US Based Health Insurance||Varies||Varies|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||Varies||Varies|
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
CELL programs offer a set curriculum to students. Information about the specific courses can be found on the individual CELL program pages.
Costa Rica (Spring) - explore the principles of “Sustainability Through Community.” Learn from inspiring people and organizations demonstrating the best practices in conservation and environmental management. Participate in sea turtle conservation, build a solar power system, and live at a sustainable eco-lodge/farm.
Iceland (Fall, Spring, Summer) - Experience life at Solheimar eco-village, one of the world’s oldest and unique sustainable living communities. Experience, up close and personal: glaciers, volcanoes, and geothermal hot springs while exploring Iceland, one of the most remote, geologically unique, and environmentally friendly countries in the world.
Scotland (Fall, Summer) - Explore the principles of “sustainability through community” in one of Europe’s most beautiful countries – Scotland. Come live and learn in the Findhorn Community – a unique eco-village known internationally for its innovation and commitment to holistic and sustainable living.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Each CELL program will have a different minimum credit requirement. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a CELL program should complete the CELL application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2020||09/16/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.