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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 Program Chair

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic 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?

How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?

Liberal Education:

Major requirements:

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Americas

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Asia and Oceania

New Zealand

Massey University (available through IFSA Butler 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

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study.
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe.

Student Experiences

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