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Winter Break - Embedded*

Ocean front greenery in Akumal, Mexico.





Sustainable Akumal: Turtles, Tourists, Cenotes & Coral Reefs

Dates: December 28, 2021–January 16, 2022
Program Leader: Raymond Newman and Florencia Pech Cardinas

Spend winter break 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.


Winter Break



Tores del Paine in Patagonia, Chile.

Natural History of Patagonia, Chile

Dates: December 26, 2021–January 17, 2022
Program Leader: Jim Perry

This class engages you directly in understanding and communicating about sustainable resource management in Patagonia, the fabulously beautiful, highly diverse, end-of-the-word in South America. You will explore mountainous and marine landscapes, places where you will (at least hope to) see Elephant seals, Mountain Lions, Emperor Penguins, Guanacos, Patagonian Foxes and more.

May Session - Embedded*


Hay bales near a windmill in Argentina.





Two to Tango: Agricultural Production & Marketing in Argentina

Dates: May 13–27, 2022
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.



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: (tentative) May 12–26, 2022
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: (tentative) May 12–29, 2022
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.




Copenhagen, Denmark waterway.

Exploring The New Nordic: Food Seasonality and Sustainability in Denmark and Sweden

Tentative Dates: May 13–28, 2022
Program Leader: Hal DeLaRosby

This program will study the culinary movement known as the New Nordic Cuisine in Denmark and Sweden.  Guidance for this journey will be the collective thoughts of Nordic chefs' approach to traditional foods combined with a strong focus on health and ethical production philosophy.


May Session


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 14 – June 5, 2022
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: (tentative) June 24 – July 1, 2022
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.