Study Abroad - Environmental Security & Sustainability of the Mediterranean Basin

Spain  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 Barcelona to Aix-en-Provence.

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:

  • France: Aix-en-Provence, Coteaux d’Aix, Cassis, Rhône Valley, Bandol, Marseille, Sauze 
  • Spain: Barcelona, Penedes, Costa Brava

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 are eligible to receive a $2,985 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.