Academic Information

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Course Structure

This program is 3 credits at the graduate level.

The field course (anticipated to be in British Columbia) will be preceded by a web-based portion of the course. The structure will include reading assignments, discussion forum, and paper/assignments and will be co-taught by instructors from Oregon State University and the University of Quebec.



  • Graduate student
  • Good academic standing
  • Permission from instructor
  • Program will be preceded by an online course




  1.  Complete the application through the OSU GO Application Portal
  2. All students will be interviewed by the program leaders as the final step in the application process. Applicants will be individually contacted for interviews.
  3. Check out our page with tips and recommendations for submitting a strong application!


NOTE: After beginning your application, you are permitted to save it and return to it repeatedly. Just make sure you submit before the deadline!



Why do we need to teach complex adaptive systems in forestry and natural resources and how does this course give students a hands-on learning experience with the topic? Learn more about these important concepts as well as this unique and innovative course in this article from the esteemed peer-reviewed international journal, Natural Sciences Education.

For an in depth peek at the program, you can also read the Q&A interview with Professor Klaus Puettmann following up on the 2017 study abroad trip to Vallembrosa, Italy: "Teaching complex adaptive system science to manage forest ecosystems"

And check out these student stories from a couple of our previous trips:

Andrew Carrier and his experience in Montreal, Canada in 2019

Brittany Dyer and her trip to Tuscany, Italy in 2017