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Learning Abroad in Animal Science

    “Based on my personal experience, I can say that learning a new language and about other countries and cultures broadens your horizon, enriches your life with a global perspective, and opens doors to your future in ways you cannot yet imagine.”
    —F. Abel Ponce de Leon, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

    Important Considerations

    • Students planning on applying to veterinary school should be aware that most veterinary school interviews take place during the spring semester of your senior year.
    • Foundation, Professional, and Area Emphasis Requirements can be taken abroad with careful planning and approval of your academic adviser and major coordinator.

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    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.
    • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
    • Internships are individualized; example includes animal care for conservation/rehabilitation through the Kenya Wildlife Service

    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.
    • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
    • Internships are individualized

    Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

    Americas

    Costa Rica

    Universidad Nacional Autonoma (available through IFSA Costa Rica)

    • The Universidad Nacional Autonoma is located in the beautiful city of Heredia just outside of the capital city, San Jose
    • Take advanced Spanish and additional regular university courses in areas such as Swine Production, Beef Production, Animal Nutrition and Animal Health

    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 project in the latter half.
    • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
    • Internships are individualized; example includes assisting with sustainable agriculture projects in Ecuador

    Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

    • The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s leading universities
    • Its Institute for Food Resources offers extensive courses, including Animal Breeding, Equine Management Systems and Comparative Nutrition

    University Study in Australia: University of Sydney 

    • The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest and one of its most prestigious universities
    • The University of Sydney’s undergraduate program in Animal Science is particularly strong in beef and dairy production
    • Courses in Cattle Science and Production, Animal Biotechnology and Animal Genetics

    University of Queensland, Brisbane (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA Australia)

    • The University of Queensland’s tropical location provides a unique opportunity to study animal science
    • Choose from a wide variety of courses, including Grazing Animal Management, Veterinary Nutrition and Food Animal Reproduction

    New Zealand

    Massey University (available through IFSA New Zealand)

    • Massey University offers opportunities in Equine Science and Animal Science with an emphasis on production
    • Choose from a wide variety of courses, including Equine Nutrition, Equine Production, Sheep Production, and Beef Cattle Production 

    Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

    Europe

    Ireland

    Study Abroad in Dublin--University College Dublin

    • Study in Ireland’s lively capital city of Dublin
    • University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most comprehensive university
    • Possible areas of study include Animal Husbandry, Animal Breeding and Fundamentals of Biotechnology 

    University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

    • Study in western Ireland on the banks of the Shannon River
    • The university has an undergraduate program in Equine Science that may be of particular interest
    • Take courses in Equine Physiology, Equine Health and Disease and Equine Performance

    United Kingdom

    University of Nottingham (available through Arcadia United Kingdom)

    • The University of Nottingham has top research and teaching quality ratings in agriculture 
    • A wide variety of courses is available, including cattle production, animal nutrition, biotechnology, and more

    Additional Options to Consider

    Many other options are available through CFANS

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.