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Program Description



Rue St. Paul, Montreal

Quick Facts

  • May 12-25, 2019

  • 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: 
  • TDM 394: Adirondack Park Field Experience: Desintation Dynamics (3 credits); will satisfy major elective for Business Tourism majors*

  • 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.
Hockey Meeting

Wild Walk, Adirondacks


Faculty Directors

For HOS 320: Destination Dynamics

Professor JoeConto
Program Director for Business & Hospitality
Paul Smith's College
Phone: (518) 327-6304
Professor Peter Roland
Faculty Member in Business & Hospitality
Paul Smith's College
Phone: (518) 327-6232
This course is team taught by Professor Peter Roland and Professor JoeConto. Professor Roland grew up in the hotel industry in Lake Placid as his family owned and operated two successful properties there for half a century and is keenly aware of the special benefits and challenges that are inherent when doing business in a resort community. Professor Conto is the Department Chair of Business & Hospitality at Paul Smith’s College and has extensive industry experience in high-end properties and country clubs as well as a current role as a performer and instructor at Montreal Improv Theatre. Both instructors have a multitude of industry connections in the region and nationally.

For SUS 399: Sustainable Communities & Working Landscapes

Dr. Brett McLeod
Chair & Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources Management
Paul Smith's College
Phone: (518) 327-6990

Dr. Brett McLeod is an Associate Professor of Forestry & Natural Resource Management, Chair of the Forestry Department, and International Paper Endowed Chair of Forestry Economics. His work focuses on rural sustainability and the need to protect open spaces that also function as working landscapes. Believing that walking the talk is central to teaching rural sustainability, McLeod lives on a 25-acre horse-powered homestead in the mountains. He is also the author of the 2015 book, The Woodland Homestead (Storey Publishing). When not homesteading in the Adirondacks, McLeod serves as an international rural sustainability expert working throughout Latin America.

Program Coordinators

For WPC Students:

Michelle Laws
International Programs Coordinator - Undergraduate Programs
W. P. Carey School of Business, Undergraduate
Phone: (480) 965-9740

For Sustainability Students:

Caroline Savalle
Internship and Experiential Education Specialist
School of Sustainability

Professor JoeConto
Professor JoeConto, Paul Smith's College


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



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.


Access & Diversity


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.  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.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Paul Smith's Aerial View


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2019 is $2,440.

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 Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad 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 abroad. 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 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 Funding Opportunities

  • 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 2019 12/15/2018
Rolling Admission 05/12/2019 05/25/2019

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.