Short-Term Programs

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Winter Break

Germany study abroad program
"After Spending 12 action-packed days exploring the renewable transition in Germany I feel empowered and prepared for my future in the energy industry." -2017 Student Participant

Germany: Leading the Renewables Revolution

Dates: January 7 - 19, 2020
Program Leaders: Sabine EngelBeth Mercer-Taylor

Take an in-depth look at the political, social, and technological drives behind renewable energy development in Germany. Visit three vibrant communities that excel in advancing renewable energy storage, solar and wind power, and the electrification of transportation. 



Thailand study abroad program
“My study abroad experience to Thailand has changed my life. I fell in love with the country, from the energy of Bangkok to the mystery of the jungle.” -2018 Student Participant

Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods

Dates: December 27, 2019 - January 17, 2020
Program Leaders: Francesca Cuthbert, Dave Smith

Students partake in a long-term tiger conservation effort while studying biodiversity in Thailand. Activities include camera-trapping techniques, prey assessment methods, and radio telemetry approaches to the study of tigers and other large mammals. 



Temple in Bali
"There were so many spectacular things that I got to experience during my time abroad, and I will forever remember how lucky I am to get to see and experience the beautiful cultures that are in Indonesia." -2019 Student Participant

Bali: Water & Culture from Rainforests to Reefs

Dates: December 27, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Program Leaders: Gary Sands

Embark on a journey of a lifetime, through tropical rainforests, traditional villages, plantations, and cooperatives, to waken and deepen your understanding of the environment and how you connect with it. 

Spring Break


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 7 - 15, 2020
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*


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 16 - June 7, 2020
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 16 - June 1, 2020
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.



Shires, Shorthorns, and Sheep: Exploring Livestock Systems in England study abroad program
"Being invited onto people's farms in another country gave my learning a whole new meaning. Producers opening up about the hardships they have faced, their plans for expansion, and showing our group what it's like to be producing food in England is something I will never forget." -2018 Student Participant

Shires, Shorthorns & Sheep: Exploring Livestock Systems in England - Deadline Extended to Jan. 1!

Dates: May 15 - 29, 2020
Program Leaders: Krishona MartinsonBeth Ventura

Examine the similarities and differences between Minnesota and England’s animal agriculture during visits to production livestock farms, including dairy, beef, and sheep. Learn about the thoroughbred racing industry during a behind-the-scenes tour of Newmarket, the birthplace of modern-day horse racing. Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the Greenwich Meridian, and spend time exploring Cambridge and London. 

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: May 27 - June 26, 2020
Program Leader: Vanessa Walton 

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.


Icelandic landscape
“A fantastic, life-changing experience that makes the most of the short time!” - 2014 Student Participant

Iceland: Landscapes, Natural Resources, and Environmental Management

Dates: May 15 - June 6, 2020
Program Leader: Len Ferrington

Discover the interactions between landscapes, natural resources, and environmental management in Iceland through excursions around Reykjavik. 


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 7, 2020
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.





Colombian jungle landscape
"Colombia is a global hub for tropical sustainable agriculture. With its Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coast and Amazon jungle, it is a top travel destination in Latin America- an amazing place to spend your May term!" -Julie Grossman, Program Leader

Sustainable Agriculture & Social Change in Colombia

Dates: May 15 - June 7, 2020
Program Leader: Julie Grossman

Explore food production in Colombia from farm to table through visits to organic coffee farms, vegetable and sugar cane farms, and a world-renowned agricultural research center, as well as by participating in student exchanges with the agroecology program at Colombia's top public university, Universidad Nacional.


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 15 - 22, 2020
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.