Academic curricula for each Living Routes program is developed in partnership with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and academic directors at host communities. Each course goes through the standard UMass approval process and is vetted by a series of departmental committees, and ultimately by the UMass Faculty Senate.
In addition, because our programs are international, they are also reviewed by UMass’ International Studies Council (ISC) and Committee on Overseas Programs and Exchanges. Courses are further backed and regularly reviewed by UMass Faculty Sponsors, who are leading scholars in their respective fields and members of Living Routes’ Five College Advisory Committee.
Academic credit for all Living Routes programs is granted through UMass Amherst and is widely transferable to colleges and universities across the country. Because many schools require prior approval to transfer credits earned through study abroad, it is important that students meet with their international programs office and/or academic advisor prior to enrollment to ensure that Living Routes credits will transfer to their home institution. Academic advisors and study abroad offices can also suggest how students’ experience overseas can be integrated into their course of study and help arrange the transfer of federal financial aid.
At the end of each program Living Routes faculty assign a letter grade for each course completed and write narrative evaluations of student’s participation, personal and academic progress and mastery of content. The Living Routes office will email narrative evaluations and grades to students within three weeks of the program end date.
An official transcript from the UMass Amherst Registrar documenting Living Routes coursework is sent to students and their home institution within eight weeks of the program end date, assuming students have completed all coursework and financial obligations. Students can obtain additional transcripts from UMass Office of Registrar for semester programs, and UMass Continuing and Professional Education for short term programs (additional transcripts from CPE cost an additional $6 each). Transcript request forms and instructions can be found on the student paperwork page.
Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology, Development & Social Justice at Monteverde
India: Integral Sustainability at Auroville
Scotland: Human Challenge of Sustainability at Findhorn
Israel: Peace, Justice & the Environment at Kibbutz Lotan
Brazil: Permaculture at Ecocentro IPEC
India: Low-Carbon Living at Sadhana Forest
Peru: Sustainability through Amazonian Indigenous Permaculture
Peru: Spanish Language through Indigenous Cuisine and Permaculture
USA: Green Building and Sustainable Design at Sirius
USA: Permaculture at Sirius
Please view our most recent site visit and program evaluations authored by faculty and study abroad staff:
Ecocentro IPEC, Brazil
Sirius, USA – Permaculture