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CALS Study Abroad Programs

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. Also, check 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 towards the International Studies in Agricultural and Life Sciences Minor.

UFIC Summer 2012 Study Abroad Report

CALS Study Abroad Mini Fair (Jan 18 - 2025 McCarty Hall D 11am - 2pm)

UF Study Abroad Fair (Wednesday January 23, 2019)

CALS Info Sessions (Jan 30, Feb 7,  & Feb 21 - UFIC Conf. Room 4-5 pm)

CALS Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Australia - Conservation & Biodiversity: Summer A, 2019
    • This program will focus on the identification, conservation, and natural history of Australian birds, mammals, amphibians & reptiles. While in Australia you will participate in a diversity of activities to facilitate observation of and learning about Australian wildlife.

      Program Flyer

      Contact: Dr. Steve JohnaonKangaroos in Australia

  • China - Traditional Medicine & Ag: Summer A (2020)
      • Osnabruck GermanyThrough this program you will gain exposure to Chinese culture, landscape, technology, science, and agriculture. Emphases are placed on visiting key cultural sites including the Great Wall, The Forbidden City, The Terra Cotta soldiers as well as specialized visits to learn about Chinese traditional medicine and Chinese agriculture/citriculture. The program seeks to build bridges between UF students with Chinese students, professors, and non-academic people (including learning some simple Chinese language for daily communications) in a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a still largely unexplored (by US students) country and its people and culture.

        Program Flyer

        Contact: Dr. Nemat Keyhani 

  • Costa Rica - EARTH: Summer A/B Dates (Dates Vary)
      • Costa RicaThis 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
        3-week sessions during Summer A that
        can be taken separately or together.
      • Program Flyer Summer A/B
      • Sustainable Agriculture and Development
      • Session 1: Late May - Mid June
      • Session 2: Late June - Mid July
      • Contact Dr. Wysocki
  • Costa Rica - Issues in Ag, Life Sciences: Summer A (June 21-29, 2019)
    • Costa Rica
      • 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.
      • Program Flyer
      • Contact Becky Raulerson
  • Costa Rica - Tropical Ecosystems: Spring Break (March 2-9, 2019)
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      • 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.
      • Program Flyer
      • Information Sheet
      • Contact: Dr. Taylor Stein 
  • Cuba - Tropical Marine & Coastal Ecology: Summer A: (May 30 - June 11)
    • UF in Cuba will give you a hands-on understanding of the marine & coastal ecosystems of central & southern Cuba, the impacts of human land-use activities on ecological communities, and an introduction to Cuban history & 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.

      Cuban field

  • Ecuador - Quito & Galapogos: Fall Semester (August 12 - December 6)
    • 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 3-credit coursestaught in 3-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 Spanishconversation class (1 credit). Volunteer placements (non-credit) in SanCristobal are also available to interested students.

      Galapagos Island

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      Galapagos Calendar

      Contact: Dr. Eric Hellgren 

  • Ecuador - Quito Community Nutrition: Summer A (June 3-13, 2019)
    • 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.

      City of Quito

      Program Flyer

      Contact: Dr. Jeanette Andrade 

  • Europe - Microbiology and Medicine: Summer A 2020 (Dates TBD)
    • This unique study abroad prograbeachm is an integral
      part of a Summer A class that will consist of 3 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.

  • France - Purpan: 8 week Summer C Program 2019 (Dates TBD)
      • A unique 8-week summer exchange program. Students spend the first 4 weeks on campus in Toulouse and then relocate to internship sites across France to complete the final 4 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.
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      • Purpan Website
      • Program Flyer
      • Details for the program
      • Contact: Dr. Allen Wysocki 
  • Germany - Family & Cultural Diversity: Next offered in Summer A of 2020
  • Germany - Luneburg Economics of Resource Use: Summer B (TBD)
      • Osnabruck GermanyThe 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..

        Program Flyer

        Contact: Dr. Misti Sharp 

  • Germany - Engineering in Germany: Summer A (TBD)
      • Osnabruck GermanyYou 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.

        Program Flyer

        Contact: Dr. James Leary 

  • Greece - Ancient Farms to Modern Tables: Summer A (June 8-23, 2019)
      • Mediterrean SceneThis program covers the principles of how insects impact agritourismthrough disease transmission and agricultural practices. You will visit oneof the oldest cities in Europe that has beautiful Byzantine art & architectureand whose name, after the sister of Alexander the Great, was immortalizedthrough the letters of the Apostle Paul, Thessaloniki. You will visit a dairy,poultry facility, mosquito research lab, greenhouses, apiary, and fields &groves featuring chickpeas, olives, grapes, corn, & rice. You will also workwith scientists at the USDA Biocontrol Lab located in Greece to identifymosquitoes & sand flies and participate in discussions on the transmissionof West Nile Virus & Leishmaniasis.

        Program Flyer

        Contact: Dr. Rebecca Baldwin

  • Greece - Culinary Adentures: Summer A  (June 23 - 28, 2019)
      • Mediterrean SceneThis 3-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..

      • Program Flyer
      • Contact: Dr. Karla Shelnutt 
  • India/Nepal - NGO's & Development: Summer B (June 24 - July 30, 2019)
    • The goal of the program is to provide knowledge on how Non-Governmental Organizations (nonprofits) promote social and other developments around the globe. This traveling program will begin in ChennIndiaai, South India and continue in New Delhi, Jaipur, and Pondicherry for field visits with 15 NGOs to develop a deeper understanding on their operations and impacts. Program assessments include discussions, case studies, filed visit logs, and presentations.

  • Ireland - Service Learning in Galway: Summer B 2019 (Dates TBD)
      • The purpose of this course is to provide a transformative experiential
        learning experience in the context of youth develogondola in italypment 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
      • Program Flyer
      • Program Presentation 
      • Contact: Kate Fletcher 
  • Italy - Global Perspectives: Summer A (May 12 - June 21, 2019)
      • 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. gondola in italy
      • You may select any of the courses offered by UF, USF, or FUA.
        FUA offers 3-week and 6-week course options, and all courses
        include a mandatory field learning experience. All students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits abroad.
      • Program Flyer
      • Contact: Dr. Jennifer  Gillett-Kaufman
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  • Italy - Food Production to Consumption: Summer A (June 2 - 20, 2019)
    • Earn 3 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 mgondola in italyany of these products as you are guided by the owners of these enterprises on comprehensivetours. You willalso 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.

  • Spain - Valencia Intercultual Communication: Spring 2020
    • Costa RicaStudents will spend the spring semester gaining skills in the workplace and the classroom. Through class experiences of interculturalcommunication and on the job training, students will gain a uniqueperspective of working in a diverse environment.
  • New Zealand - Biodiversity: Summer B 2019 (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 conservationand basic ecology.New Zealand

  • Swaziland - Wildlife Ecology: Summer 2020 (Dates TBD)
      • Students will visit protected areas and experience African wildlife. They will conduct
        research, engage in Swazi culture and live in the African bush.
      • Monkey in SwazilandProgram Flyer
      • Contact: Dr. Robert McCleery 

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 TürkenschanzKangaroos in Australiapark 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 to 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. PhD 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.Kangaroos in Australia

      Today USP/ESALQ is one of the most renown institutions in science, technology, teaching and extension for Brazilian agriculture.


  • Brazil - Universidade Federal de Santa Maria in Santa Maria
  • Brazil - Uberlandia
    • To be updated

      Leopard in Belize
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  • France - Lyon (ISARA) See the Summer School Details Below
  • 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.students in Costa Rica
      • Website
      • Program Flyer
  • 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 GovCosta Ricaernance in Berlin and the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt.
      • Program Flyer
      • 2016 International Summer Lab
  • Italy - Bologna (Universita di Bologna)
      • You can choose from over 200 degree programmes, including 58 international programmes and 22 delivered in the English language. You can study in Bologna or one of the other campuses in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini. And after graduation? There are lots of opportunities to specialise and come into contact with the world of work.
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  • 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.students in Costa Rica
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  • 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.

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      • Program Flyer
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  • Spain - (UPNA)
    • To be updated

      Leopard in Belize

      • Program Flyer