UM students seeking a B.S. degree in International Field Geosciences have the option of focusing their overseas studies either at the University of Potsdam in Germany or at University College Cork in Ireland. Both University College Cork and the University of Potsdam have fully accredited, very active programs in the Geosciences.
Originally founded in 1845 by direct endowment from Queen Victoria, University College Cork is one of the oldest institutes of higher learning in the Republic of Ireland. The Corporation founded in 1845 as Queen's College Cork was renamed University College Cork by Charter in 1908. University College Cork became part of the National University of Ireland system by virtue of the Irish Universities Act of 1997. Today, University College Cork is a progressive, dynamic university of over 14,500 students. Currently, over 12,000 degree candidates are enrolled, including over 1,000 international students representing 60-plus countries worldwide. An additional 2,500 students are enrolled in one or more of the University's postgraduate courses. University College Cork offers over 120 degree and professional programs through seven schools and 27 departments and currently is the country’s leading research institute, securing more extramural financing than any other Irish university. In addition to the new joint degree program in International Field Geosciences with The University of Montana, the Geology Department at University College Cork offers stand-alone undergraduate degree programs in Geology and Earth Science and contributes significantly to a stand-alone B.S. degree in Environmental Science.
Potsdam, Germany, is the capital of Brandenburg State and is part of the metropolis of Berlin – the German capital city. The former heart of Prussia, Potsdam has long been a city of learning and research with a worldwide reputation founded upon work in the natural sciences, particularly in Astrophysics and the Geosciences. In 1948 the Brandenburg Landeshochschule (school of higher education of the Land Brandenburg) was founded in Potsdam, and out of this institution developed the Karl Liebknecht Pedagogical College, the largest teacher training institution in the GDR. Following the reunification of Germany in 1991, the University of Potsdam was founded on the grounds of these previous institutions. Today the University of Potsdam is the largest university in Brandenburg and serves approximately 16,000 students, including about 1,300 foreign students from more than 85 countries. Five faculties form the pillars of this classically-modeled institution. They are the Faculty in Philosophy, Humanities, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, and the Natural Sciences-Mathematics. With the establishment of interdisciplinary supra-faculty, the University of Potsdam places special emphasis on areas beyond those of the individual institutes including, in particular, the Geosciences.