College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
CALS Study Abroad Programs
CALS Study Abroad Scholarships
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) offers several study abroad programs designed specifically for students in agriculture, life sciences, forestry, ecology, and related majors. Also, you may wish to check opportunities in colleges outside of CALS, or at other institutions, as well as international internship opportunities.
For faculty wishing to offer a study abroad experience, follow the instructions on the UFIC website and complete this form. Every one of these study abroad programs count toward the International Studies in Agricultural and Life Sciences Minor.
CALS Study Abroad Programs List
Australia - Conservation & Biodiversity: Summer A 2022
The program will resume in summer 2022.
This program will focus on the identification, conservation, and natural history of Australian birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. While in Australia you will participate in a diversity of activities to facilitate observation of and learning about Australian wildlife.
Contact: Dr. Steve Johnson
Belize - NGOs and Development: Summer 2021 (Tentative)
The goal of this program is to provide knowledge on how Non-Governmental Organizations (nonprofits) are managed to promote social and other developments around the globe. This program includes field visits with local NGOs to develop a deeper understanding of their operations and impacts. Program assessments include case studies, field visit logs, discussions and presentations.
Contact: Dr. Kumaran Muthusami
CALS Leadership Institute: International Experience
CALS Leadership Institute is a unique leadership development program for undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Students are selected through a nomination and interview process based on demonstrated leadership attributes and academic achievement.
Contact: Dr. Natalie Coers
Costa Rica - EARTH: Summer A/B Dates (Dates Vary)
This program is hosted by EARTH University, a world-leader in sustainability. Prepare to expand your cultural boundaries, place yourself ahead of the curve as a professional and return to your country ready to make a difference. This program consists of two three-week sessions during Summer A that can be taken separately or together.
Contact: Dr. Wysocki
Costa Rica - Issues in Ag, Life Sciences: Spring Short-Term April 30 - May 8 (Tentative)
This course is designed to educate students about major issues in agricultural and life sciences (ALS) and to expose students to a variety of methods used to effectively communicate, inform, and influence decisions about these issues in “real world” ways. While in Costa Rica,you will engage in the Costa Rican culture while learning about food production, food security, capacity building, water quantity & quality,natural resource conservation, biodiversity, climate change, labor, urban/rural interactions and more.
Contact: Becky Raulerson
Costa Rica - Tropical Ecosystems: Spring Break 2021 (Tentative)
This is an eight-day program to Costa Rica during spring break to study eco-tourism and recreation. You will learn about tropical ecosystems and environmentally based development. You will visit places in Costa Rica most tourists never get to see.You will also learn about eco-tourism, cultural history, and the food production industry. The program is open to all UF students but specifically designed for students who have natural resource or agricultural-related majors.
Cuba - Tropical Marine & Coastal Ecology: Summer A 2021 (June 2 - 14)
UF in Cuba will give you a hands-on understanding of the marine and coastal ecosystems of central and southern Cuba, the impacts of human land-use activities on ecological communities, and an introduction to Cuban history and culture. The program will begin on campus (and asynchronously via the internet for distance students) in May. During this time, you must attend two introductory, planning, and discussion meetings (dates TBD) to prepare for the intensive 11-day program. Your time in Cuba will involve a mixture of field studies, lab studies, and classroom lectures/discussions.
Contact: Dr. Don Behringer
Ecuador - Quito & Galápagos: Fall Semester 2021 (August - December, 2021 Dates Tentative)
In this program, students select courses from one of four Academic Tracks inthe biological and social sciences: (1) Evolution, Ecology and Conservation, (2) Marine Ecology; (3) People, Politics and the Environment, and (4) SustainableTourism. Each academic track consists of five intensive three-credit coursestaught in three-week modules. The first module takes place near Quito in the mainUSFQ campus at Cumbayá as well as in the surrounding tropical ecosystemssuch as the Amazon. The remaining four modules take place on San CristobalIsland, Galápagos. All courses are taught in English. Please note courses aresubject to change. Students can take up to two courses from different tracks,assuming they meet any necessary prerequisites and spaces are available (see Academic Tracks). Students in all tracks also take a required Spanish conversation class (one credit). Volunteer placements (non-credit) in San Cristobal are also available to interested students.
Contact: Dr. Eric Hellgren
Ecuador - Quito Community Nutrition: Summer A 2021 (Dates TBD)
In this program, you will collaborate with nutrition students from the Universidad San Franscisco de Quito (USFQ) to assess needs of and develop nutrition materials for a low-income community living in the Andean region close to Quito. This community lives 3,500 meters above sea level with limited access to food, water, and schools. Beyond working with the community, you will explore and experience local foods and be enriched in the Ecuadorian culture through visits to a museum, botanical gardens, and the middle of the world.
Contact: Dr. Jeanette Andrade
- Eswatini - Wildlife Ecology: Summer A 2021 (Dates TBD)
Europe - Cities in Civilization: Summer A 2021 (Dates TBD)
Cities are the engines of cultural creativity and technological innovation. This program will explore and seek to understand why and how cities continue to catalyze the growth of human civilization, from ancient Rome and the Italian Renaissance, to modern culture and technologies. Spend five weeks traveling from London to Rome with ~5-day stops in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Florence.
Contact: Dr. James Jawitzi
France - Purpan: 8-weeks Summer C 2021 (Dates TBD)
A unique eight-week summer exchange program. Students spend the first four weeks on campus in Toulouse and then relocate to internship sites across France to complete the final four weeks of the program. While on campus students will participate in lectures, field trips, cultural visits and excursions to locations like Barcelona and the Pyrénées Mountains. The internship portion of the program allows students to gain practical work experience on a farm, within an agri-related business (equestrian center, cheese making farm, vineyard) or within a laboratory at Purpan.
Optional Study Tour (in lieu of homestay)
- Germany - Family & Cultural Diversity: Next offered in Summer A 2022
Germany - Luneburg Economics of Resource Use: Summer B 2022 (TBD)
The study of environmental economics provides a means for understanding how the incentives that underlie human decision making impact the environment and the design of environmental policy. In this course, students apply fundamental economic theory to analyze a broad range of contemporary environmental issues..
Contact: Dr. Misti Sharp
Germany - Engineering in Germany: Summer A 2021 (Dates TBD)
You will be introduced to various industries in Germany with the engineering and energy use highlighted; learn cultural and historical information about Germany and the European Union; learn how to design experiments, analyze data, and formulate statistical relationships on the data.
Contact: Dr. Ana Martin Ryals
Greece - Food and Culture: Summer A 2021 (June 20 - 25)
This three-credit course includes a one-week food, culture/lifestyle, and culinary experience in one of the five “Blue Zones” of the world, Ikaria, Greece, where people live active and productive lives into their 90’s and beyond. During this program you will experience the Ikarian lifestyle and food habits, and discover the unique flora of this beautiful island as you hike through a forest with a trained guide to forage for herbs and other wild foods that grow in plenty – foods that are purported to contribute to the longevity of Ikarians.
Contact: Dr. Karla Shelnutt
Ireland - Service Learning in Galway: Summer B 2022 (Dates TBD)
The purpose of this course is to provide a transformative experiential learning experience in the context of youth development in Galway, Ireland. This course will provide youth development, service-learning, and cultural learning opportunities, along while collaborating withcommunity-based organizations working to solve local issues and enhance community engagement.
Contact: Kate Fletcher
Italy - Global Perspectives: Summer A 2022 (Dates TBD)
This program is offered in partnership with Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and the University of South Florida (USF). You can earn up to 10 credits taking Italian language, Italian culture, social science courses, or various humanities courses taught by UF, USF, and FUA faculty. You may select any of the courses offered by UF, USF, or FUA. FUA offers three-week and six-week course options, and all courses include a mandatory field learning experience. All students are required to take a minimum of six credits abroad.
Contact: Dr. Roberto Pereira
Italy - Food Production to Consumption: Summer A 2021 (June 6-24 - Tentative)
Earn three credits studying Italian food from production to consumption. The course will cover important aspects of production of classical Italian foods and food systems in Italy. You will visit a variety of agricultural areas including grape, wine, olive, vegetable, wheat and deciduous crop regions, as well as dairy and cheese-making regions. You will see, study, and taste many of these products as you are guided by the owners of these enterprises on comprehensivetours. You will also immerse yourself in the centuries’ old Italian cultures and customs. There will be ample opportunity to meet local farmers and vintners and enjoy each region’s unique cuisine.
Contact: Dr. Charlie Sims
Kenya - Tropical Ag, Env. Livelihoods: Summer A 2021 (May - June Dates TBD)
UF in Kenya provides the opportunity to study and compare diverse farming systems, which include highland and lowland, large and small-scale systems, monoculture cereal crops, mixed farming with crops and livestock, pastoral systems, diverse tree crop systems from plantations to multispecies agroforests, and intensive horticulture. You will learn about the concepts and debates around sustainable intensification, state-of-the-art techniques for characterizing farming practices, soils, agricultural landscapes, ecosystem services, and human livelihoods. You will use these methods across the range of farming systems to develop projects comparing these systems and exploring sustainability issues and tradeoffs and synergies from the ecological, agricultural, and livelihood disciplines. The program will combine readings, lectures, lab, field work and discussions sessions with occasional assignments.
Contact: Dr. Cheryl Palm
New Zealand - Biodiversity: Summer B 2021 (Dates TBD)
You will go on a variety of day and overnight field trips and have opportunities to interact with conservation groups, scientists, landowners, Maori, and city/regional representatives who are implementing biodiversity strategies. Conserving biodiversity is a struggle, and the focus of this course is to expose you to how “Kiwis” have tackled this problem. Topics will span the human dimensions of natural resource conservation and basic ecology.
Contact: Dr. Mark Hostetler
- Spain - Valencia Intercultural Communication: Spring 2022 (Tentative)
Thailand - Beekeeping in Asia: Summer A 2021 (May 15 - June 11)
The western hemisphere is home to only one honeybee species, but all nine honeybee species can be found in southeast Asia. This course will allow students to discover the amazing diversity of honeybee species and the different ways in which people
manage them. For two weeks, students will be exposed to Asian beekeeping as they explore different management styles and beekeeper purposes in Thailand. Students will visit multiple beekeeping operations throughout the coastal regions of Thailand and be immersed in the local culture.
CALS Semester Student Exchange Programs
Austria - BOKU in Vienna
The University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna was nominated by students as one of the most popular universities in Austria, and with good reason: every year ca. 1000 students graduate from 8 Bachelor's and 26 Master's programmes - one third of whom have an international background - as highly skilled specialists that are sought after in the domestic and international labour markets. The needs of the students are prioritized in a very personal atmosphere with individual supervision.
The departments of BOKU are located in the 18th and 19th districts of Vienna, with two centres in Türkenschanze and Muthgasse. The idyllic Türkenschanz park with its ponds, creeks and fountains and other botanical rarities offers a perfect place for spending time between lectures or unwinding from a long day at the university.Those seeking activity benefit from the proximity to the city centre of Vienna with its many sights, coffehouses and cultural offerings.
Brazil - ESALQ in Sao Paulo
In 1931, the School was renamed Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (USP/ESALQ), in honor of the man who envisioned it. From 1901 - 1934, the college functioned as part of the São Paulo State Department of Agriculture. In 1934 it was integrated to the University of São Paulo (USP) as its College of Agriculture.
In 1964, USP/ESALQ started offering graduate degrees at Master of Science level. Ph.D. programs began in 1970. An undergraduate Forestry degree was included in the traditional Agriculture program in 1972; in 1998 an undergraduate degree in Economics was implemented; in 2001 Food Science; 2002 Biological Sciences and Environmental Management degrees started; in 2013, an undergraduate degree in Management was initiated.
Today USP/ESALQ is one of the most renown institutions in science, technology, teaching, and Extension for Brazilian agriculture.
Brazil - Uberlandia
Details to come.
Brazil - Universidade Federal de Santa Maria in Santa Maria
Details to come.
France - Lyon (ISARA)
The UF in ISARA-Lyon is an exchange program for both undergraduates and graduate students that provides an opportunity to earn credits while studying throughout France-Lyon. UF students can study one or two semesters at ISARA-Lyon in any of these 5 specializations:
1. Agriculture, environment and natural resource management
2. Agri-food, food and industrial management
3. Markets and corporate management
4. Sustainable rural development
5. Wine production and enology
UF graduate students enrolled in the newly launched Agroecology concentration can take courses from the above mentioned specializations at ISARA-Lyon. For more information, please contact Dr. Diane Rowland.
Website: ISARA - Lyon
Germany - Bonn (Rhenish Friedrich-Wilhelms University)
Students who have not completed at least two semesters of German language instruction must attend an intensive German language course before the start of the program. This program is open to both undergraduates and graduates. The Rhenish Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn is considered to be one of Europe’s most important institutes of higher education. As a leading research university, the university has evolved into a truly prominent international institution. The birthplace of Beethoven, the University of Bonn has developed into a lively academic town and cultural center. The university’s alumni includes five Nobel Prize winners. Situated on the picturesque Rhine River, Bonn’s proximity to the centers of European politics enables residents to witness Europeanhistory unfold before their eyes.
Germany - Osnbruck (University of Osnabruck)
Internships available. Students experience German language immersion outside of the classroom. The cosmopolitan cities of Hamburg and Amsterdam are in easy access Language of Instruction: German. The University of Osnabrück is known for a large number of interdisciplinary degree programs, including ones rare or unique among German universities. The university is part of the highly prestigious DAAD Public Policy and Good Governance consortium, along with other reputable institutions in political science and public policy such as the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt.
Italy - Bologna (Universita di Bologna)
You can choose from over 200 degree programs, including 58 international programs and 22 delivered in the English language. You can study in Bologna or one of the other campuses in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, and Rimini.
Japan - Kyoto (Kyoto University)
Kyoto University is a comprehensive research university with a student body comprising ambitious young people from diverse cultural backgrounds who are pursuing studies in a wide variety of fields. The university’s overall enrollment of 23,000 students includes approximately 1,800 international students from around 100 countries and regions throughout the world. Sharing your ideas and aspirations with this diverse group of fellow students will greatly enrich your academic progress and your student life.
Netherlands - Den Bosch (H.A.S University)
HAS University of Applied Sciences is the dynamic centre of the food and agribusiness. HAS University of Applied Sciences is building its own supporting role in the innovation of the knowledge infrastructure of the sector, in the Netherlands, but also internationally.
Reasons to choose for HAS University of Applied Sciences: a strong identity with roots in agribusiness, a professional, creative and enthusiastic team of staff members and management, up-to-date facilities in an attractive building at the Den Bosch education campus, a flexible, businesslike and daring position, personal and committed in relations, and social and sustainable responsibility.
Spain - (UPNA)
Details to come.