University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: Arizona GEOG - micro

Program Dates January 09, 2022 - January 21, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview Note: Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

The program will be based at the unique Biosphere 2 facility near Tucson, Arizona, which was built to consider ways of creating a self-sustaining artificial environment for humans in the future. The greenhouse facilities of the facility will be used to showcase ways of testing phytoremediation. We will also visit active and restored mine sites and meet with Native American communities impacted by mining. The course will also include a behind the scenes tour of the University of Arizona's new Gem and Mineral Museum.

Students will be provided hands-on experience in observing a range of methods in restoring lands which have been impacted by mining. We will consider a range of methods that are used to build restoration into development planning, including water and vegetation interventions. We will also consider the cultural aspects of restoration keeping in view preferences of indigenous communities. Students will be in the field from January 9 to January 23 with one week online final assignments.

The 3-credit version of the course for undergraduates will have a sharp focus on skills development rather than lengthy readings and assignments and could satisfy the field requirement for environmental studies and sciences majors. If you are interested in using this course to satisfy the field requirement, please contact Dr. Dana Veron (Director of Environmental Studies and Environmental Science program - ) and Professor Saleem H. Ali ( regarding specific assignments and expectations.

There will also be a graduate level offering of the course run concurrently. The course will follow an experiential learning approach where lecture delivery and learning will happen in the field through observational techniques that will be taught to students and evaluated through a course journal. This course will also satisfy the field requirement for the graduate certificate in Minerals, Materials, and Society for those students who may later want to avail of that certification opportunity.

Comfortable student housing and full facilities will be provided by the University of Arizona.

The Program Fee includes campus housing, all program-related events and excursions, most meals, on-site transportation.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Arizona, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Arizona. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. NOTE: Undergraduate students enroll in GEOG 467 for 3 credits, while graduate students enroll in GEOG 667 for 2 credits. Tuition is charged based on student status (undergraduate or graduate). The rates that appear below are for 3 undergraduate credits.
GEOG 467-070: Ecological and Social Restoration of Mineral Landscapes (3 credits)
GEOG 667-070: Ecological and Social Restoration of Mineral Landscapes (2 credits)
UNIV 371: Study Abroad: (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,623.00$4,356.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,250.00$2,250.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$3,903.00$6,636.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$500.00$500.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Saleem Ali
Faculty Director
220 Pearson Hall
Martin Clifford
Assistant Faculty Director

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2021

Interest Meetings:
09/02/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.