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A Guide to Studying Animal Science Abroad

Studying animal science abroad is the perfect way to gain experience and stand out from the crowd in an industry that is constantly evolving. There is much to be gained from understanding the history, practices, cultural traditions, and science of another geographic region, as well as being exposed to its natural diversity. Those who study animal science abroad, no matter what area of interest, will benefit greatly from the international experience and the opportunity to explore the field in the real world.

Why Study Animal Science Abroad

The field of animal science is constantly shifting and adapting to international events, regulations, and the needs of various species. Study abroad programs will provide students with a framework from which they can jumpstart their careers, because students that have hands-on experience in the field also have a level of knowledge and expertise that is highly sought after by more and more employers in the field.

Students will be able to apply their skills and academic knowledge during their time abroad, in order to further understand the environmental impacts of animal agriculture, preserve exotic wildlife, and examine animal breeding, disease, and nutrition. Individuals who study animal science abroad will gain a unique perspective of the field, which is something they can continually apply to a wide range of courses, careers, and other future endeavors.


Where you decide to study animal sciences abroad is dependent upon your interests within the field, as program opportunities vary greatly by discipline. There are many great destinations around the world that host animal science study abroad programs, but some of the best destinations are outlined below.

Australia. With its expansive ecosystem and vast coastlines, Australia is a great place to study animal science abroad. International students will have the opportunity to focus their studies in animal production, animal health and management, reproduction and cattle, and much more. Students will also be able to travel across the country, from coast to coast, and discover the nation’s incredible animal and plant life.

Ghana. Due to its geographical location and vibrant ecological atmosphere, Ghana offers a wide variety of opportunities for studying animal science abroad. While studying abroad in Ghana, students will be able to explore the natural complexities of coastal Africa and join in Ghanaian cultural activities and social life. Students will be able to focus their studies on immunology, breeding, digestive physiology, and many other components of the field.

Mexico. With a direct hand in the U.S. dairy industry, Mexico is a prime location for students interested in the farming and health aspects of animal science. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research and work hands on with organizations that integrate components related to marketing, communication, and research for U.S. produced dairy products in Mexico. Students will likely be able to participate in educational campaigns that apply skills in animal science, management, and marketing directly through fieldwork.

Scotland. Animal science study abroad programs in Scotland encompass an incredible wealth of hands-on opportunities for those particularly interested in equine fitness and physiology. Students can let the sweeping Scottish country-side take their breath away as they immerse in animal science courses, and of course, experience the Scottish culture.

Studying Animal Science Abroad

Program structure will vary greatly between providers and locations, although most animal science study abroad programs will be offered in partnership with a local host university

Most individuals that study animal science abroad will be able to combine hands-on fieldwork with their classroom learning. As a result, some previous lab experience as well as foreign-language background may be required to participate in some animal science study abroad programs. Fieldwork may be related to breeding, public health management, environmental regulation, disease control, and many other aspects of the field.

Those who study animal science abroad will be able to take courses in many different subjects, such as agribusiness, animal and plant genetics, biology, economics, food safetymicrobiology, and pathogenic bacteriology. What is truly incredible about animal science courses abroad is that each one will be specifically tailored toward the location in which you are studying. Unlike taking a course at your home university, studying animal science abroad will allow you to witness the material covered in your textbooks first hand, and on a much larger scale. Those who study animal science abroad will learn how interconnected the field is worldwide.

It is crucial to thoroughly research each animal science study abroad program to guarantee that the courses offered will be directly relevant to your interests within the field. The amount of hands-on interaction and fieldwork involved should also be a significant consideration when selecting a program, especially for those interested more in the business and management side of the animal sciences.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Direct Experience to Build Your Future. Studying animal science abroad will allow you to explore your interests inside and out of the classroom. Most study abroad programs will emphasize direct application of learned scientific strategies and principles in the field, which will be incredibly beneficial for students. Participation in an animal science study abroad program is an excellent way to demonstrate to graduate schools or future employers that you have practical work experience and an understanding of fieldwork techniques.

Understand Science From Another Angle. Alongside the phenomenal academic experience, studying animal science abroad also offers students the opportunity to dive into another country’s culture and its approach to animal science field work. Taking on the challenge of study abroad can be an extremely rewarding experience, and one that will provide students with a framework to shape their careers from.

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