Discover relationships between sustainable food production and food systems in the diverse landscapes of Colombia.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
One of today's greatest challenges is developing sustainable food production systems. During this course, learn about the innovative practices used by farmers, universities and community members to build sustainable agriculture systems in Colombia.
The Valle de Cauca region in Colombia is a hub of tropical food production, including hundreds of tropical fruits, sugar cane, coffee, and cacao (chocolate). You will explore food production in Colombia from farm to table through visits to organic coffee farms, vegetable and sugar cane farms, and a world-renowned agricultural research center, as well as by participating in student exchanges with the agroecology program at Colombia's top public university, Universidad Nacional.
For a more detailed overview of this course, see the Academics tab.
Live in a shared apartment with other students on the program. Apartments are centrally-located and have fully-equipped kitchen. The apartment complex also features a swimming pool and baseketball court.
Eight group meals, including welcome and farewell meals, are included in the program fee. Students can prepare meals in their apartments or dine out inexpensively.
Excursions take place in Cali, Colombia, and surrounding areas. They may include farms, an agricultural research center working to alleviate global food insecurity, and student exchanges with Universidad Nacional. Learn about Latin American culture through the lens of dance and art in Cali, the salsa dance capital of the world.
Tentative activities and excursions for May 2020 include:
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
This Global Seminar is led by Julie Grossman, Department of Horticultural Science, in the College of Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resource Sciences.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000 level coursework|
One 3-credit course
Based in Cali, students experience one of the most important urban centers of Colombia and its role as a hub of tropical food production, including hundreds of tropical fruits, sugar cane, coffee and cacao (chocolate). Students depart the program with an in-depth view of the Colombian food production cycle from farm to table and the ways in Colombia connects to global issues of sustainability and food insecurity.
A pre-departure orientation will provide you with introductory information on Colombia and the topics we will discuss during the course. Research a crop produced in Colombia and the food system of which it is a part. Prepare a typical Colombian dish. Participate in academic exchanges and report on your interactions. Participate in excursions to organic sugarcane, vegetable and coffee farms.
Coursework includes participation, a 3-5 page paper, and a public outreach piece to teach others about Colombia, including a newspaper article, editorial, presentation to a class, video, blog, or YouTube video.
Receive credit for: CFAN 3500
Syllabus: Draft Syllabus May 2020
|Term||Program Dates||Priority Application Deadline*||Final Application Deadline|
|May 15 – Jun 7, 2020||February 1, 2020||March 1, 2020|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
May Session 2020: Cost of Participation
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2020|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Sustainable Agriculture & Social Change in Colombia|
|Track Name||Sustainable Agriculture & Social Change in Colombia|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toMolly Micheels or call at 612.624.3949.
Friday, December 6, 2–3 p.m.
310 Alderman Hall, St. Paul