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Program Description


Rock Climbing PSC

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Quick Facts

  • May 12-25, 2020

  • Cross-cultural sustainability tour in Montreal, Canada

  • Explore the natural and human history of the Adirondacks

  • Work alongside sustainability & natural resource professionals addressing issues related to land and water conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable tourism

  • Work on a local green construction project

  • Meet with local farmers and learn about low-carbon food production and distribution

  • Earn three upper-division credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



Location Details

Paul Smith’s College, located within the six-million acre Adirondack Park of New York state, serves as the living laboratory for this intensive two-week, three-credit field experience that focuses on major issues related to rural sustainability, wilderness management, and resiliency. Students will arrive and depart from Montreal, Canada, giving them the opportunity to explore both the francophone culture and a variety of international sustainability issues. From there, students will move to the lakeside mountain campus at Paul Smith’s College in northern New York, which will serve at the hub for this experience.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • GPA of 2.0
  • Junior or Senior status
  • Open to all majors


Students will register for the SAO placeholder course for 3 credits. On program, students will take Destination Dynamics or Sustainable Communities and Working Landscapes.  

Once ASU has received all participant transcripts from Paul Smith's College, students will earn credits for one of the following ASU courses: 
  • SOS 394: Adirondack Park Field Experience: Sustainable Communities & Working Landscapes (3 credits); will satisfy major elective for Sustainability majors and Business Sustainability majors; may count toward sustainability minor requirements with departmental approval*

*Please note that the course for which you register counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

Students will engage in a 2-week intensive experience at Paul Smith's College.  A mandatory pre-departure meeting will be held for all students prior to the program start date.
Presentation pic Adirondack

Wild Walk, Adirondacks


Faculty Directors

Katharine Glenn MS
Faculty, Department of Environment and Society

Sustainability Coordinator
Paul Smith's College
Phone: (518) 327-6054
MS Antioch University Environmental Studies focused Environmental Education 2015
BA Green Mountain College, Liberal Arts 2006

Kate is a faculty member in the department of Environment and Society, she is also the Colleges Sustainability Coordinator. She teaches mostly upper division Sustainability course such as Sustainable Food Systems Development, Alternative Energy, and Conservation Design Green Communities. As the college's Sustainability Coordinator she works with faculty, staff and students to reduce the colleges carbon footprint and adapt to the effects of climate change in the region. Kate's background is in sustainable food system development in the Adirondack North Country region. Recently she has been working on climate change adaptation and resilient community development  Kate has been teaching at Paul Smith's College for 8 years, she's lived and worked in the Adirondacks for 13. 

Brett McLeod
Faculty, Department of Environment and Society
Paul Smith's College
Phone: (518) 327-6990

PhD, Environmental Studies, Antioch University
MS, Environment Policy, Bard College
BS, Recreation Adventure Travel & Ecotourism, Paul Smith’s College

Program Coordinators

For Sustainability Students:

Caroline Savalle
Internship and Experiential Education Specialist
School of Sustainability

For W.P. Carey Students:

Michelle Laws
International Programs Coordinator 
W.P. Carey Undergraduate Programs Student Engagement

Katharine Glenn 1
Professor Katharine Glenn, Paul Smith's College

Katharine Glenn 2

Professor Brett McLeod
Professor Brett McLeod, Paul Smith's College

Hike in PSC VIC


Res Hall Exterior


Program Housing

Students will arrive in Montreal, Quebec where they will experience francophone culture, local foods, and several sustainability-related attractions. A youth hostel will provide housing for one night in Montreal before heading to Paul Smith’s College in New York’s Adirondack Mountains the following day. Students will stay in Paul Smith’s College residence halls in shared rooms. Meals will be provided in the College’s lakeside dining commons. Students should be prepared to be in the field, even in inclement weather. All transportation will be provided by Paul Smith’s College.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study off campus, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different.  While Paul Smith’s College will make every effort to accommodate those with disabilities, please be aware that many of the course activities will involve hiking in mountainous terrain as well as boating.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2,450.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily meals, site visits and cultural events, transportation, and Paul Smith's faculty support. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Program

Participating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Office Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Opportunities for Funding

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Post-Spring 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/12/2020 05/25/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.