Study Abroad - Environmental Security & Sustainability of the Mediterranean Basin January Term

Spain  Italy • France


December 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018



IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Spain, Italy, and France. Humanity has been present in the Mediterranean basin for millennia. Today, it is home to nearly 500 million people and some of the highest levels of endemic biodiversity in the world. Yet we can already witness how climate change and other more recent environmental ills are having serious impacts on human wellbeing and wildlife. This course will first examine the nature of these impacts, their causes, and the role they play in regional security. Second, the course will examine the many efforts taking place to address these environmental and societal concerns. Emphasis will be placed on issues such as climate change mitigation/adaptation, sustainable agriculture/food security, habitat destruction/wildlife conservation, water management/desertification, energy production and GHG emissions, as well as other efforts in sustainable development. Visiting international institutions, businesses and think tanks from Rome to Malaga, we will explore the different efforts, initiatives, policies and perspectives around the Mediterranean Basin.

Students can choose one of the following courses: 

  • Environmental Studies 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin
  • International Relations 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin 
  • Geography 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin 

Cities Visited Include:

  • Spain: Barcelona and Malaga
  • Italy: Rome and Florence
  • France: Nice, Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille. 

The 2018 itinerary will be available soon. The schedule is tentative and subject to change.

About the Professor 



Professor Anthony Triolo is a long-time Professor of International Relations and Environmental Politics at IAU. He received a Bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in International Affairs from the American University of Paris, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies (Histoire Militaire, Securite et Defense) from IEP, Aix-en-Provence, France in conjunction with Universite Paul Valery III, Montpellier, France. Professor Triolo is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has several years of hands-on experience managing sustainable and organic vineyards. His scholarly interests are centered around the relationships between international security and global environmental crisis with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture, which he sees as a possible panacea, playing a significant role in mitigating climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and food insecurity.

Program Fees


January 2018: $5,375

Program fees include tuition (3 credits), hotel accommodations, medical insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, Intra-European transportation, daily breakfasts and some dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively will receive a $500 grant. Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.

Students participating in the Environmental Security & Sustainability Seminar who also attend IAU for the Spring semester in Aix-en-Provence or in Barcelona are encouraged to to experience the Early Start Program from January 16-25, 2017.  Students who attend both the J-Term and Spring semester can attend the Early Start Program for a reduced fee.  The Early Start Program enables students to get acclimated to the climate, culture, people and language prior to their semester orientation.  It also allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins.