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Coral Reef Management in Belize study abroad program
"My passion for the ocean and its conservation was amplified when I met people that shared my passion. I am so thankful for the opportunities this study abroad trip provided me with and the people I got to meet along the way." -2019 Student Participant


Freshman Seminar: Coral Reef Management in Belize

Dates: March 6 - 14, 2021
Program Leader: Jim Perry

This freshman seminar integrates scientific, managerial, and cross-cultural experiences while engaging in field work on the beautiful Mesoamerican Reef. Examine the living laboratories of the Mesoamerican Reef System, specifically the Belize barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

May Session - Embedded*


Hay bales near a windmill in Argentina.


Two to Tango: Agricultural Production & Marketing in Argentina

Dates: May 14-27, 2021
Program Leader: Garrett Steede

Spend two weeks studying the farming and ranching industries in Argentina that provide the technology, production, expertise, processing, and transformation of farm products into foods that are in global demand. Explore how Argentinian culture shapes marketing and communication efforts and meet with international agricultural firms and farmers to learn how Argentina continues to be a global competitor in agricultural commodities.



Ocean front greenery in Akumal, Mexico.


Sustainable Akumal: Turtles, Tourists, Cenotes & Coral Reefs

Dates: May 15 - June 4, 2021
Program Leader: Raymond Newman and Florencia Pech Cardinas

Spend May term on the sunny shores of the Mexican Riviera learning about sustainable tourism and coastal ecology. Akumal, a small town an hour south of Cancun, means “the place of the turtle” in Mayan, and its bays with crystal clear waters are a favorite spot for sea turtles to nest. The Mexican Caribbean, particularly the Riviera Maya, has experienced 70 times an increase in tourism over the past 30 years. This rapid increase in tourism has disrupted the nesting turtles as well as plants and other animals native to this area.


Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation study abroad program
“During the program I was able to work hands-on with animals which is extremely valuable to me as I hope to become a veterinarian someday” -2018 Student participant


Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation

Dates: May 15-29, 2021
Program Leader: Melissa Palmer

Discover the rich biodiversity of Belize while working in collaboration with Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic and participating in hands-on labs and wildlife conservation efforts. Students will learn about the major ecosystems in Belize, the plants and animals inhabiting these areas, and conservation management strategies both on land and in the sea.

Greek Agriculture & Gastronomy study abroad program
"Through two weeks of hands-on experiences, students will learn how Greek agriculture impacts the daily life and culture of Greece."- Tommy Van Norman, Program Leader


Greek Agriculture & Gastronomy: A Taste of the Mediterranean

Tentative Dates: May 15 - 31, 2021
Program Leader: Tommy Van Norman

Gain firsthand experience with the Greek food industry, agricultural traditions, and their impacts and benefits on Greek life and culture.


May Session


Louvre museum in Paris France
“This program helped open my eyes to how other parts of the world see and approach topics around food and agriculture.” -2018 Student Participant


France: Sustainable Food Systems from Farm to Fork

Dates: To be announced
Program Leader: To be announced

Learn about the winemaking process, crop production, agroecology, and sustainable livestock farming systems. Immerse yourself in the French language and culture while living with a host family. Explore Paris, castles of the Loire Valley, and extend your stay for an optional internship.

Bridge over a river in Italy
"We saw the passion that they put into what they did, and this reminded me a lot of my family and the same passion that we put into dairy farming. Visiting producers, hearing their stories, and connecting with them very special to me. "- 2019 Student Participant


Sustainable Food Systems of Sicily & Florence

Dates: May 13 – June 6, 2021
Program Leader: Mike White

Learn how cultural food choices can have ethical, environmental, economic and health consequences through the lens of the Italian food system. Gain insight into different ways of thinking about sustainability and food systems.



Summer Session


Rays in the Bahamas
"Going to the Bahamas helped me get out of my comfort zone and make lifelong connections." -2017 Student Participant


Bahamas: Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology

Tentative Dates: August 29 - September 03, 2021
Program Leader: Peter Sorensen

Participate in field and laboratory exercises that explore tropical ecology and marine ecosystems on the island of Bimini. Observe, handle, and sample sharks in this hands-on course.