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Learning Abroad in Agricultural Communications & Marketing

    “Studying abroad expands students' experiences and understanding of culture in ways that impact them for a lifetime. I’d encourage students to explore how various learning abroad opportunities might fit into their program plans, as it can be one of the most memorable and impactful steps in personal and professional growth. We need communicators, educators, and leaders with a broad understanding of the world and with the ability to see issues through many different perspectives.”  

    --Dr. Rebecca Swenson, Associate Professor and Major Coordinator, Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing

    Important Considerations

    • Students are encouraged to complete the core AECM courses on campus. However, there is quite a bit of flexibility within the major to complete requirements for your program subplans (tracks) while abroad, so speak with your academic adviser and major coordinator to determine what would work best for your academic plan.
    • For students in Subplan/Track A (Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences), Fall of Junior year is a great time to go abroad.
    • Given the many short-term study abroad program options, students are encouraged to pursue these programs at any point during their academic career. 
    • Semester and year-long programs are great options for ACM students. The department strongly encourages students to take advantage of these programs, but to also keep in mind that it is important to start planning early by meeting with your academic adviser and major coordinator.

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Ghana

    University of Ghana - ISEP Direct

    • The University of Ghana is the largest of the four universities in Ghana and currently enrolls over 30,000 students. ISEP's programs at the University of Ghana also offer benefits above and beyond a typical ISEP program including facilitated volunteering, independent studies and research projects, internship opportunities, excursions and a Twi language course
    • Course offerings include: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Agricultural Engineering, and Marketing & Entrepreneurship, and Communication Studies

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Kenya through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half.
    • Students will then delve into issues of sustainability, wildlife conservation, and natural resource management including agriculture, rural livelihoods, and food security issues.
    • Examine the impact of climate change and macro-economic policy on the environment, and how these are linked to emerging challenges such as human-wildlife conflicts, degradation of marine ecology, water conflicts, desertification, etc.
    • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
    • Internships are individualized

    The School for Field Studies--Kenya

    • Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience (Semester)
    • Visit different ecosystems and communities which may include: the vast savannas at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, national parks and wildlife management areas in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem, ranches and farms, rural villages, acacia forests, a rhino sanctuary, Indigenous communities, the rugged wilderness and peaks of the Chyulu Hills, wildlife migratory corridors, and the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania
    • Research how climate change and land-use changes are negatively affecting Kenya

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Senegal through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half
    • Students will engage with topics such as waste management in urban settings, mangrove swamps, the balance between practical needs and preservation, coastal preservation in Senegal (maritime erosion, the loss of biodiversity, difficulties access fishing waters), flooding in Dakar neighborhoods, recycling, and the repurposing of waste objects
    • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
    • Internships are individualized

    South Africa 

    University Study in South Africa: Cape Town

    • Experience South African culture firsthand while learning alongside South African students. Study in an urban setting at the University of Cape Town. The University of Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest university and is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions. The main campus occupies a beautiful site on the slopes of Table Mountain
    • Courses available in English in environmental science, climate change, and sustainable development
    • Semester, academic year, and calendar year options available

    Tanzania 

    The School for Field Studies--Tanzania

    • Wildlife Management Studies (Semester) and Fundamentals of Wildlife Management (Summer, split between Tanzania and Kenya)
    • Examine how land-use practices within Maasai group ranches can be sustainably managed to promote both local economic livelihoods and wildlife conservation
    • This program examines the dynamic and complex real-world environmental issues on the ground in Tanzania. Concepts in wildlife management, behavioral ecology, impacts and adaptation to climate change, human-wildlife conflict, and community-based conservation

    Americas

    Argentina

    Two to Tango: Agricultural Production & Marketing in Argentina

    • This Spring course with May term abroad will study the farming and ranching industries in Argentina that provide the technology, production, expertise, processing, and transformation of farm products into foods that are in global demand. Additionally, this course will explore how Argentinian culture shapes marketing and communication efforts in Argentina
    • Taught by Garrett Steed, PhD, Teaching Assistant Professor in Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing

    Chile

    The School for Field Studies--Chile

    • Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice (Semester) 
    • This interdisciplinary program is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Chile.
    • Major academic themes include: natural resources, Climate change impacts and resilience, Glacial dynamics, Geology and volcanic activity, Penguin behavior, Endangered species protection, Coastal and alpine ecology, Conservation strategy and practice, National park visitation and protected areas management

    Costa Rica 

    The School for Field Studies--Costa Rica 

    • Food Systems: Sustainability and Conservation (Summer) or Sustainable Development Studies (Semester)
    • Learn how different agricultural techniques have the potential to restore biodiversity and combat climate change. Study the sociocultural history of coffee and cacao, from Indigenous histories to modern production and exports
    • Go behind the scenes at a local coffee farm and sustainable permaculture homestead to learn how Costa Ricans have successfully combined agriculture and conservation

    Ecuador 

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship or research project in the latter half
    • Through the course International Development: Environmental Challenges from the Andes to the Amazon students will examine cases that involve people's rights over the environment, food sovereignty, water management, climate change, sustainable development and local alternatives for natural resource management and conservation
    • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
    • Internships are individualized

    Peru

    The School for Field Studies--Peru

    • Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon (Semester)
    • Discuss threats to the region – from climate change to resource extraction – and get at the heart of Peru’s conservation and development issues. Experience flooded forests on a multi-day riverboat expedition and travel to the Andean highlands where you’ll visit cloud forests and the historic Incan capital of Cusco, the hub for visitors to Machu Picchu

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia 

    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Take courses in international business, environmental studies and Australian politics 
    • Sample courses include: SDNY 3018: Advertising & Promotions, SDNY 3019: Advertising & Society, SDNY 3015: International Marketing, and SDNY 3375: Global Internship Program
    • This program also offers a 6-credit internship in multinational and local businesses and firms in Sydney

    University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

    • Study at the University of Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading universities
    • The Institute of Land and Food Resources offers courses in crop and soil science such as Plant Function, Food Processing, Experimental Design and Statistical Methods,  Principles of Microbiology, The Politics of Food, Sustainable Food Production, and Sustainable Food: Policy and Practice

    Cambodia

    The School for Field Studies--Cambodia

    • The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Cambodia
    • Visit the ancient Angkor temples, study threats to biodiversity, learn about environmental justice and policy, and discuss traditional medicines with Indigenous communities
    • Gain practical skills in the field such as: species identification and wildlife monitoring, elephant behavior analysis, conservation project proposals and grant writing, ethical reasoning, basic Khmer language skills, research design and implementation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and research presentation

    New Zealand

    Massey University (available through IFSA New Zealand)

    • Massey University has a 70-year tradition of academic and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines
    • Many courses available in the sciences, including nutritional science and unique complimentary courses such as Maori Health

    University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

    • Located on New Zealand's south island, Dunedin is renowned for its natural beauty, as well as outdoor activities like hiking, biking, camping, surfing, rafting, diving, and climbing
    • Fall or Spring semester
    • The University of Otago offers management, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, HR management, and marketing

    Thailand

    MSID - International Development in Thailand 

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship or research project in the latter half
    • Through the course International Development: Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Food Systems students will learn how farmers, businesses, entrepreneurs engage in the process of agricultural and entrepreneurial development and how this development impacts food systems
    • Examine community supported agriculture; the growing, processing, and production of coffee, tea, and chocolate (cacao) in northern Thailand; growth of fair trade/fair work cafes; sustainable agricultural practices and community-supported agriculture; and community-based agrotourism
    • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
    • Internships are individualized

    Europe 

    Denmark

    Study Abroad in Denmark

    • Program combines classroom teaching, local field studies, and study tours in Denmark and Europe
    • Students can enroll in course courses like Strategic Communications, and sign up for electives like International Marketing and Branding, International Advertising in a European Context, and Digital Media in Marketing

    France

    France: Sustainable Food Systems from Farm to Fork

    • This CFANS program will explore crop production and the agroecology of the region, sustainable livestock farming systems and agribusiness structures, and examine the importance of food to the French culture
    • Study France's regional food systems and the concept of "terroir" – the conditions related to the production of foods and wine based on the soils and special characteristics found in the region
    • Visits to vineyards, organic farms, a goat farm, a cattle-breeding farm and a liquor distillery offer behind-the-scenes insights into French agricultural business 

    Ireland 

    Study Abroad in Dublin

    • Enroll in courses taught at the at University College Dublin
    • Available sample courses include: Food Policy, Organic Agriculture, Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy, Diversity in the Rural Landscape, Economics of Food, Principles of Dairy Production, and Environmental Management

    Italy

    Sustainable Food Systems of Sicily and Florence

    • Program will introduce you to past and present Italian culture through the foods, their cultural importance, and the concepts of sustainability
    • Taught by Mike White, PhD, Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, as well as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs

    University Study in Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    • Available sample courses include: Marketing Strategies in an International Setting, Sustainability & Food Law, Crop Protection, Persuasive Communication, Food Economics, and Nutrition and Food

    United Kingdom

    Study & Intern in London

    • Choose from courses in international trade, European economic history, international marketing in Europe, corporate finance, and Western European government and politics
    • Sample courses include:LNDN 3251: Strategic Communications and Social Media, LNDN 3752: International Marketing, LNDN 3247: COMMUNICATE: Basic Acting Techniques for Confidence-Building and Better Presentations, and LNDN 3375: Global Internship Program
    • This program also offers a 6-credit internship in multinational and local businesses and firms in London