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Learning Abroad in Plant Science

“Plant Science students have unique and exciting opportunities for international study, travel, and learning experiences. These experiences are designed to broaden perspectives and come to grips with pressing 21st Century scientific, technical, and social challenges facing global food systems and the environment.”
—Kevin Smith, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Coordinator of Plant Science Major

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 Plant Science before beginning your study abroad research.

How do I select a study abroad program?

How will the study abroad program fulfill my graduation requirements?

When should I study abroad?

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior year

Minor in International Agriculture

What do I do after I have selected a program?

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Ghana

CIEE Ghana

  • The University of Ghana’s Faculty of Agriculture has an active research program including three agricultural research stations including a station specializing in grain and soil management 
  • Study plant science in the context of a developing country
  • Relevant coursework, particularly for the Agroecology emphasis, includes Tropical Crop Production, Plant Physiology, Soil Chemistry and Fertility and Weed Biology and Control 

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; past example includes working with a farmers cooperative on income generating activities such as a community maize field in Kenya

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; past example includes working with the privatization of rice production project in the Senegal River Valley

Americas

Chile

CIEE Chile & IFSA-Butler Chile

  • Take courses in areas such as Spanish language, Chilean literature, and Chilean history and politics
  • Enroll in regular university classes at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago or the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in basic sciences and agronomy

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; past example includes assisting agronomists and rural community representatives in developing sustainable agricultural plans in Ecuador

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Study at the University of Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading universities
  • The Institute of Land and Food Resources offers courses in crop and soil science such as Plant Function, Experimental Design and Statistical Methods and Principles of Microbiology

University of Queensland (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science offers a wide range of courses in plant and soil science
  • Possible courses include Pasture Science, Plant Production Systems, Quantitative Plant Breeding and Ecology and Ecosystem Processes

New Zealand

Massey University (available through IFSA Butler New Zealand)

  • Study at Massey University, New Zealand’s largest university located in New Zealand’s second largest inland city
  • Possible courses include Pasture and Crop Agronomy, Seed Science, Applied Plant Physiology, and Plant Pathology

Europe

France

Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Take courses in areas such as French language and literature, French history, and French culture
  • Enroll in regular university courses including offerings in basic sciences, natural resources and agriculture

Sustainable Food Chains

  • Summer Session
  • Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Germany

IES Germany - Berlin

  • Take courses in areas such as German language and literature, business and economics, and history  Enroll in regular university classes at Humboldt University in biology, chemistry, environmental science and agriculture
  • Extensive range of internships in many fields

Ireland

University College Dublin (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Wide range of courses in plant science offered through the university’s Department of Crop Science, Horticulture and Forestry
  • Relevant courses of particular interest to Plant Breeding and Agro-ecology students, include Agricultural Microbiology, Crop Husbandry, Plant Genetics and Crop Protection

Switzerland

Swiss Mountain Agriculture

  • May Session
  • Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

United Kingdom

University Study in the UK: Lancaster University, England

  • Lancaster University is one of the UK’s most respected institutions
  • Lancaster is particularly strong in the sciences and has extensive course offerings in the basic sciences

University of Wales (available through Arcadia Wales)

  • The University of Wales, Bangor has an outstanding reputation in agriculture and has received the British government’s top ranking for research in agriculture
  • The School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences has a strong emphasis on sustainable agriculture, which may be of particular interest to students pursuing the minor in sustainable agriculture
  • Relevant coursework includes Global Environmental Issues, Biodiversity and Ecology, Plant Ecophysiology, Conservation and Ecology Practical, and Principles of Conservation

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.