ISDSI is an educational institution dedicated to teaching about sustainability. Our study abroad programs educate American students about sustainability through a close collaboration with local communities.
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) is a recognized leader in innovative study-abroad programs. In 2005 ISDSI’s People Environment and Development program was recognized as one of three “best practice” programs by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Awards, and in 2006 was nominated as a UNESCO Centre of Excellence.
ISDSI developed the People, Ecology and Development program with Kalamazoo College, widely recognized as one of the top schools in the US for study abroad, and ranked #1 for its study abroad programs in US News & World Report 2003 America’s Best Colleges.
ISDSI has also achieved recognition for leading the field of study-abroad in risk management, with published papers and participation in international conferences on risk management, including our paper on “The Objective Hazards of Culture” from the 2004 NOLS/OB/SCA Wilderness Risk Management Conference and “Risk Management in Study Abroad” in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Vol. 9, 2003. We actively participate in professional conferences and forums to help move the field of study abroad and sustainability education forward.
Who we are as an organization
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) began as an initiative of the Center for International Programs at Kalamazoo College. The Institute exists to help develop experiential educational programs with other schools, organizations or groups. In addition to our core semester length program, People Environment and Development, we also host a number of short term (multi-week) study-abroad, service-learning and related programs.
ISDSI is a part of The Foundation for Experiential Learning, a non-profit educational foundation established in Thailand to help support the development of innovative experiential learning internationally. While Northern Thailand remains our base, ISDSI Expedition Field Courses take place throughout Thailand–from remote islands in the Andaman sea to remote tribal villages in the mountains.