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263 Agriculture Study Abroad Programs

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This Institute for Global Studies program will focus on biodiversity, from forest canopies to coral reefs, in Costa Rica as students conduct field studies in three specific areas: reef environments, avian wildlife, and after dark ecology. Prior field research experience is not required. All necessary skills of data acquisition and analysis will be taught on-site. At each fo the study sites in G...

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CISabroad study and intern abroad programs are some of the most affordable, comprehensive program packages available. We also don't cut any corners by offering everything you would expect from an overseas program: tuition, housing, support before, during and after; insurance, excursions, social and cultural activities, and airport pickup - all as the core of our program package. Some programs a...

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Spend a semester or academic year in the diverse and modern city of Hyderabad with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University of Hyderabad. Courses are taught in English. AIFS in Hyderabad offers both a Traditional Academic Program and a Community Engagement Program (CEP) for the fall semester. The traditional program offers a myriad of courses...

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Take advantage of the chance to live and learn in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world! Students can immerse themselves in the academic and student culture of Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney. All offer an array of disciplines covering the spectrum from engineering to art history. Sydney will be your classroom....

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This four week program includes two sophomore level courses, equine anatomy and physiology and equine fitness, as well as hands on experience with English style riding. It is all done in the sweeping Scottish countryside on the outskirts of the capital city of Edinburgh. Animal science and pre-veterinary students will find this program most beneficial. However, the program is open to any m...

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Be inspired by immaculate Renaissance architecture, passionate art pieces, as well as a vibrant and historical culture! Florence is arguably one of the most desirable cities in the world and offers a great learning environment as well as opportunities for internships, service learning, and volunteering. Ideal for someone who doesnt mind the hustle and bustle of a touristy city and for those...

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Integrated Spanish Studies semester abroad in Seville gives advanced Spanish-level students the unique opportunity to take classes alongside Spanish students at Universidad de Sevilla, while benefiting from the cultural guidance, language tools, and academic quality that defines Spanish Studies Abroad programming. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of homestays/life in the residencia...

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India, the world's largest democracy, is home to more than one out of every six human beings alive today. Cradle of one of the oldest and most influential civilizations on earth, it is an astoundingly complex nation, where you can log on to the web in a cyber cafe while elephants and camels pass in the street. Although Hinduism is the dominant religion, India also has the largest Muslim populat...

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The Florianópolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic culture of Brazil while living on a beautiful sub-tropical island and studying at one South America’s most prestigious universities. The program is ideal for students who want to learn about the world’s fifth-largest country, one of the fastest-growing economies (sixth-largest i...

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Program Overview Discover how peace and prosperity can transform a culture and how conflict, politics, and policy have interacted with Irish culture to form today’s thriving society. Northern Ireland is a welcoming country that’s left discord behind. We’ll show you how it got that way through a combination of focused academics and up-close exposure to history and culture. Through cultural activ...

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Get involved, make an impact, and learn to serve! University credit is available for our local service learning programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Service Learning Project Areas: - Working with Kids - Teaching English - Conservation - Construction - Animal Care - Eco-Agriculture - Indigenous Immersion - Medical & Healthcare University credit is awarded ...

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Summer at the University of Westminster takes place in the very heart of London and offers a wide variety of stimulating classes in International Business, Liberal Arts, and Media, Arts, and Design. You will live and learn with students from many countries in a lively and friendly atmosphere. Take advantage of a perfect location your classes will be in the center of London, so you can really e...

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Study abroad for a semester or an academic year in Argentina through Mente Argentina's flexible, exciting Academic Semester and Academic Year Programs. Study in an Argentine university and obtain academic credit at their home university. Mente Argentina has made agreements with the most prestigious universities in Argentina. We offer individualized pre-departure consulting for each student t...

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We welcome new partnerships with foreign faculty members. Foreign faculty members teach core curriculum courses while Sant'Anna provides instruction in language and other elective courses. Sant'Anna Institute customizes a series of guest lectures, site visits and cultural immersion activities that best suit the educational goals of the particular program's discipline. Sant'Anna takes care of a...

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Every year hundreds of students from around the world are welcomed to the University of Sydney through our Sydney Abroad program. Some come for our academic reputation and our wide range of courses, while others wish to experience our vibrant student life bolstered by our guaranteed housing and unique Internship Program. Whatever the reason, join us and find out why we’re Australia’s favourite ...

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Studying Agriculture Abroad

Calling all ag-heads! Ready to see foreign food supply chains up close? Ready to face world hunger? Ready to learn how to sustainably grow foreign meats and be introduced to new nutrition sources? Expand your knowledge of farming practices and human impact by studying agriculture abroad. Learning to incorporate foreign farming practices, animal care, and even business tactics can help shed new light on systems that may’ve become second nature to you. Whatever hemisphere or environment you choose, studying agriculture abroad will give you a first hand opportunity to learn about world agriculture from local practitioners.

Why Study Agriculture Abroad

Studying food production abroad gives agriculture students the chance to focus on both new AND ancient farming techniques, coming away with a more complete view of agriculture’s (at times) alarmingly huge impact on societies across the globe. Students can learn from tried and true family farmers and practitioners who know the land well (think: seven generations well) and have a lot to give in the way of knowledge and experience. Understanding how farmers interact with land thousands of miles away can expand the way students approach the subject of agriculture at home.

Most agriculture study abroad programs emphasize hands-on experiences, with field research training and opportunities to work with locals who can introduce you to their traditional farming practices, conservation efforts, and land-production goals and tactics. On the more forward-thinking side of things, some agriculture study abroad programs offer the chance to work at state of the art research facilities, where companies and scientists work on creating and applying new systems and technologies. No matter if you focus on the past, present, or future, studying agriculture abroad will give you a new perspective on food production, including exposure to the challenges facing agriculturalists in other countries. 

Locations

Of course, any place you choose to study agriculture abroad will have its own unique environment and agricultural practices. Are you interested in developed country food production with more of an emphasis on organic? Check out New Zealand. Do you want a firsthand look at the societies that reject American food standards? Check out Europe. Does the idea of learning about indigenous farming methods sound interesting to you? Choose a program in a developing country, such as Senegal, Ghana, or Costa Rica

Studying agriculture abroad also means you could observe cutting-edge farming and conservation techniques and learn how ecologists are working to preserve rare ecosystems. Some elements overlap, such as locations that offer the opportunity to explore deserts or small farms as well as large universities, but for the most part it’s best to choose a specific location based on what you’re looking for in an agriculture study abroad program.

Agriculture Study Abroad Programs

For agriculture majors, the world’s a classroom. Many agriculture study abroad programs offer courses related to global warming and conservation practices, or on more specific topics, such as animal science, agriculture business, crop production and management, agricultural education, water management, and sustainable agriculture. Agriculture classes abroad may be strictly agriculture and farm-practice related, or closely related to topics such as avian wildlife, jungle ecosystems, or international development. 

A few common themes emerge across agriculture study abroad programs and locations. 

First, most are hands on and include site visits, data collection, and analysis. Most of agriculture study abroad programs focus on the connection between people and wildlife that are specific to the local environment, something that only an international education can offer. While field research is a heavy component of most programs, those who want to study agriculture abroad are not required to have any previous experience in the field, because all training is provided on site as part of the class. The bottom line is, if you want to study agriculture abroad, plan to get some dirt under your fingernails. 

Another common theme is how humans can find sustainable solutions to global problems, such as water, waste, and public health. All of these issues are pressing to any agriculture student, since the field tends to be focused on creating a lasting relationship between humans and the land around them. 

Most agriculture study abroad programs are offered throughout the academic year, during either the fall or spring semester, with a few programs offered for a shorter amount of time in the summer or Maymester. Especially for more research oriented programs, there is always something to observe or data to be collected, no matter what time of year. For the best understanding, of course, most agriculture study abroad programs suggest student’s stay for at least a semester.

Benefits & Challenges

Agriculture is a field of study that depends on a specific environment and wildlife. The chance to live and study agriculture abroad in a place that may be far different from the one you’re used to will give you a glimpse into agricultural practices around the world. Ag students should want to understand how their home country’s farming practices (such as big agriculture, factory farming, beef/fish mass production, etc.) affect the world at large, because entrepreneurs all over the world are pioneering new ways to farm, preserve plant and animal life, and contribute to the lives of both animals and humans. 

As in all things, with the good comes the bad. Students will be challenged to embrace new farming techniques and ways of interacting with the land. This can upset current understandings of “norms,” or cause deep (and sometimes painful) reflections about the detriments of farm practices used in your home country. Further, if you are an ag-student drawn to a developing country, the different standards of living can prove difficult to overcome. Just be patient and delight in the eccentricities while you can.

For the agriculture student looking to understand their own back yard, the answer may be found in one far, far away, so jump at any opportunity to study agriculture abroad! 

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