Field courses take students to Australia, Europe and the Sawtooths

The entire world is a classroom for College of Idaho students, and in January 2013, they’ll participate in month-long, faculty-led study courses in Australia, London and Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.

During the off-campus courses, students of all majors will explore first-hand Australia’s coastal ecosystems, England’s art, history and culture, and environmental policy and literature while skiing through Idaho’s mountains.

The students’ experiences also will be chronicled throughout the month of January on The College of Idaho’s website and social media, offering an opportunity for people to follow these unique and intensive learning experiences. Discover how each of these courses complement and enrich the C of I experience by visiting the following pages for more information, photos and videos:

Coverage of The College of Idaho’s off-campus courses will include blogging by students and faculty from Australia throughout January, photos and video interviews with C of I students in London starting on Jan. 10, and photo and video highlights from the Winter Wilderness Experience during the second half of January. More details about each course and photo and video highlights of previous student experiences in each location are available online.

“Conducting hands-on research, experiencing different cultures, and learning outside the classroom are central to the student experience at The College of Idaho,” said John Ottenhoff, vice president for academic affairs at the C of I. “Students learn that place matters – whether it's the Treasure Valley or Stanley, Idaho, or Australia or London – for applying the liberal arts and preparing for careers. In particular, being part of faculty-led off-campus immersive courses provides students with remarkable and rich learning experiences.”

C of I faculty recently have led study tours to such places as Australia, China, Florida, France, Greece, Italy, London, Mexico and Peru, and students at the College also can study for a semester or longer in more than 50 countries through partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities at The College of Idaho visit

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit