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

Spain  Italy • France

December 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018



The Mediterranean Basin is home to nearly 500 million people and sustains some of the highest levels of endemic biodiversity in the world. This course first examines the nature of climate change, its causes, and the role it plays in regional security.  Second, the course examines the many efforts taking place to address these environmental and societal concerns. Emphasis is placed on issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agriculture and food security, habitat destruction and wildlife conservation, water management and desertification, energy production and GHG emissions, as well as other efforts in sustainable development. Students explore the different initiatives, policies and perspectives surrounding these issues in the Mediterranean Basin through visits to international institutions, local businesses, and think tanks from Rome to Malaga.

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. 

View the 2018 itinerary here. Please note, 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 13-20, 2018. 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.