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XMNR Global Study

XMNR students on a walking tour through the city of Oaxaca
XMNR students on the streets of Oaxaca, Mexico where they shadowed local sustainability professionals focusing on the food and water systems.

Students in Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program participate in a unique global study and field experience which combines a multi-month service learning project with a 10-day international trip. 

The XMNR Global Study experience is more than a typical study abroad; it is an opportunity for students to connect and build relationships with professional peers who are applying systems leadership strategies for sustainable development in another part of the world. 

Hear what students are saying about their global study experience in the video below.

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Since the start of the XMNR program in 2011, students have traveled to and completed case study projects in a variety of countries, including China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, and Turkey. 

What do these countries have in common? They are all developing countries where the economy is growing rapidly, the middle class is expanding and changing their consumption practices, and significant investments are being made in green buildings, infrastructure, and livability. Therefore, the XMNR program focuses on countries in which sustainability professionals with systems leadership skills have an opportunity to make a profound impact.


  1. Find more detailed information about the XMNR global study in the blog post More than a study abroad: XMNR’s global field experience and capstone project
  2. Take a look at the global study destinations listed above and read one of the blogs and projects authored by students and faculty on their experiences
  3. Speak with an XMNR advisor