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Learning Abroad in Food Science

    Food and society, global business concerns, international scientific teams, foreign countries’ regulations, international trade treaties, global health issues—food science requires knowledge that crosses borders. An international experience will offer the opportunity to learn new perspectives and to network with professionals in the field. You can also do an internship.

    “The food industry is becoming increasingly global, and study abroad helps students prepare to take a leadership role in the international food arena.”
    —Zata Vickers, Food Science Faculty Member

    Learning Abroad Process

    This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

    Academic Planning

    Review the following suggestions from the Food Science program before beginning your study abroad research.

    How do I select a study abroad program?

    • More than 250 programs in 70 countries are available to University of Minnesota students. The Department of Food Science has worked closely with the Learning Abroad Center to select some programs that fit particularly well for Food Science students. Consider your academic interests, your geographic interests, and your academic goals. Talk with your academic adviser and work with a Learning Abroad Center program selection adviser. You’ll find a program that fits your goals.

    How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?

    Liberal Education:

    • Liberal education credits can easily be fulfilled abroad. All universities that qualify for study abroad offer courses that can fulfill requirements. The Learning Abroad Center has worked with the Office of Admissions to pre-approve many courses. Consult the U Credit Abroad Search.

    Major requirements:

    • Having a conversation with your academic advisers prior to studying abroad will help you make a more informed decision about which courses to take while you are overseas and provide you with a record of the decisions made. Your academic adviser may be able to point out additional considerations for you that are specific to your major, minor, or college of enrollment. Being aware of how your study abroad coursework can potentially fulfill your requirements can help you complete degree requirements more efficiently and quickly, helping you graduate on time. 
    • Work with your academic adviser to fill out the Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form.

     

    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

    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

    Americas

    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

    Asia and Oceania

    New Zealand

    Massey University (available through IFSA New Zealand)

    • Massey University’s Food Technology Research Center and Post-Harvest and Refrigeration Research Center are internationally recognized
    • Massey University offers a Bachelor of Technology (Food Technology) with a curriculum similar to that at the University of Minnesota

    Europe

    Ireland

    University College Cork (available through Arcadia Ireland)

    • U College Cork’s Food Science and Technology program is internationally recognized for the excellence of its education, research, and training programs
    • This university’s strengths include food microbiology, biotechnology, nutrition, and food business

    Norway

    HECUA The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging

    • Explore models of Scandinavian social democratic systems and welfare states
    • Lectures and readings are integrated with structured field projects in Norway and other Scandinavian countries

    United Kingdom

    Study & Intern in London

    • 6-credit internships available during summer session, fall, or spring semester
    • Placements available in hospitals, food and beverage industries, social services, education, business, and the public sector
    • In addition to the internship, area studies courses are also available

    University of Nottingham (available through Arcadia United Kingdom)

    • Study in Nottingham, a bustling, cosmopolitan, and vibrant city in Britain
    • The U of Nottingham has the leading Food Science division in the country along with top research and quality teaching ratings

    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.

     

    Student Experiences

    Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.