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 2023
The program will resume in summer 2023.
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 - Issues in Ag, Life Sciences: Summer B (June 24 - July 2)
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 Belize,you will engage in the 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
Belize - NGOs and Development: Summer 2022 (May 9 - June 17)
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 2022 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 - Tropical Ecosystems: Spring Break 2022 (March 5-12)
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.
Ecuador - Quito & Galápagos: Fall Semester 2022 (August 15 - December 2 Tentative)
In this program, students select courses from one of four Academic Tracks in the 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 main USFQ campus at Cumbayá as well as in the surrounding tropical ecosystems such as the Amazon. The remaining four modules take place on San Cristobal Island, Galápagos. All courses are taught in English. Please note courses are subject 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 2022 (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 2022 (Dates TBD)
Europe - Cities in Civilization: Summer B: June 25 - July 29, 2022
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
Europe - Microbiology and Medicine: Summer A 2022 (Dates TBD)
This unique study abroad program is an integral part of a Summer A class that will consist of three weeks of preparation time on-campus, 14 days abroad, and a final week of reflection upon return. “Medicine” related topics will be explored by visiting medical institutions and a variety of organizations, companies, and museums. You will experience “Microbiology” by exploring the production process at a chocolate factory, a cheese dairy, a brewery, and wine cellar. “Health” will be incorporated by your participation in fitness and wellness activities.
Contact: Dr. Monika Oli
France - Purpan: 8-weeks Summer C 2022 (May 30 - July 22)
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)
France - Purpan: Global Semester Program
The “Ingénieur” program lasts 5 years in total. The first 3 years correspond to Bachelor (BSc) level courses, and the last 2 years correspond to Master (MSc) level courses.
The program is fully taught in French (except Spring semester “Global semester” in Year 4).
Therefore, a B2 level in French is recommended (B1 level only accepted after oral examination). Official reference is CEFRL http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr
Exchange students can arrive either for Fall or Spring semester, or for the Full Year. A compulsory Welcome session is organized at the beginning of each semester. Exchange students must also attend the French Language course (FLE) and the Intercultural module.
- Germany - Family & Cultural Diversity: Next offered in Summer A 2023
Germany - Engineering in Germany: Summer A 2022 (May 8 - June 17)
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 June 19-24, 2022
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 June 19 - July 31, 2022
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 June 5-23, 2022
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 May 18 - June 10, 2022
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: June 29 - August 1, 2022
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
Thailand - Beekeeping in Asia: Summer A May 15 - June 10, 2022
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.
United Kingdom - Tropical Marine & Island Ecology: Summer A May 30 - June 20, 2022
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