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Course Credit

All students who complete the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP) and present their design projects will earn an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.  

For those that would also like to earn college credit during this program, you can register through the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF).  Some extra course work and fees apply.  Graduate credits are also available on a case by case basis.

The 3-credit undergraduate course (EST 496) is offered through SUNY ESF’s Environmental Studies Department.  The cost per credit for New York state residents is $270, or $810 total for 3 credits. To offset this cost, Omega is able to provide a $500 tuition discount for students who register for college credit. This takes the place of any early registration discounts, and is offered on a first come, first served basis while available funds last-- apply early.  Please contact Laura Weiland for more information.


Students receiving three credits through SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry will create a final portfolio representing the breadth and depth of their experience in the four-week Ecological Literacy Immersion Program at the Omega Institute. The portfolio will include daily journal entries where students reflect on and extend upon experiences over the four weeks. Entries may take the form of narrative, poetry, photography, illustration, or other creative ways of expression. The portfolio will also include representations of projects created for each of the four weeks. A final reflection will tie together the portfolio by providing participants with the opportunity to synthesize their experiences by relating them to other educational and life experiences, as well as imagining how this course will affect their lives and perspectives moving forward. Students will submit their final portfolio by August 6, 2017.

Download the full ELIP/SUNY ESF course syllabus here.

For more information about the SUNY ESF Summer Semester schedule visit:

For more about EST 496:

And registration information for visiting students (i.e. non-SUNY ESF students):  Note that this page has links to the registration form and to the Visiting Student Guide to ESF courses.


If you have questions or want to inquire about receiving a certificate of attendance from Omega, or credit for ELIP through your own college or University, please contact Laura Weiland.