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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

    Important Considerations

    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.