Learning Abroad Center

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.

Nonaffiliated Programs

CFANS strongly encourages students to participate in UofM-sponsored or affiliated programs, which have been vetted and approved by the Learning Abroad Center or another unit on campus. The UofM has close working relationships with hundreds of affiliated programs that are high quality in terms of academic standards, housing, cultural immersion, health and safety and administrative support services. CFANS will not support or approve student participation in nonaffiliated programs. 


Africa and the Middle East


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


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


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


Asia and Oceania


University of Melbourne (available through IFSA Australia)

  • 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 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 




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

Additional Options to Consider

LAC Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over winter break or May session.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic, Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

LAC Freshman Seminars

  • Combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break, on a 3 credits, 1xxx level Seminar.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad, an opportunity to explore an exciting location and topic, and likely fulfill a liberal education requirement.

Additional LAC Seminars

  • Check out additional LAC Instructor-led Seminars that might run over winter break, spring break, May, and summer sessions. They vary in length, dates, and content so students can find one that best fits their academic and professional goals.

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester-long program.