UConn Education Abroad Office offers many types of programs in various countries that work well for CAHNR students. These programs can be for a semester, summer, or winter intersession length.
Read CAHNR students' experiences studying abroad in the College Ambassador blog.
The programs listed below are led by faculty in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, listed alphabetically by country.
Chengdu and Beijing, China: UConn Environmental and Natural Resources of China (summer)
This 3-week study program at Sichuan University allows students to interact with Chinese students and faculty, and travel the countryside. Led by CAHNR professor Harrison Yang, students learn about natural resources, sustainable development, and globalization in China. This is a field based course which involves many trips to local villages and farms. Visit a tea production facility, spend time at a panda breeding center, and tour the Great Wall of China and Forbidden City. Students will get 3 credits for NRE 3675 - Environmental and Natural Resources of China.
Djuma Game Reserve, South Africa: South African Field Ecology (summer)
This summer South African Field Ecology experience, led by CAHNR professor Dr. Morty Ortega, provides both an academic component at UConn and a field component at Djuma Game Reserve. This venue is a close neighbor to Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in South Africa.
Florence, Italy: UConn Mediterranean Diet and Tuscan Cuisine (summer)
This program is designed for undergraduates with an interest in food, nutrition, dietetics, or other health related fields. Led by CAHNR professor Jillian Wanik. students will take classes and be totally immersed in the Italian food culture. There will be food related tours and workshops that focus on the social and cultural factors that have shaped food consumption practices and patterns in Tuscany.
Havana, Cuba: Food and Revolution: The Cuban Experience (summer)
This foreign study field course will cover Cuba's remarkable history pertaining to agricultural production and food security. Efforts in sustainable agriculture, organic farming and local solutions to production challenges have become a hallmark of Cuban agriculture. Students will have the opportunity to meet farmers, scientists and community leaders who will share their vision for agriculture and food security. Subject areas to be covered included: animal and plant production systems, urban agriculture, integrated pest management and organic farming. Led by CAHNR faculty, classes will be held at Cuban agricultural research and education institutes with guest lectures and field trips included.
Ireland: UConn Global One Health: Irish and US Perspective (summer)
This UConn faculty-led education abroad program that is focused on the intersection of animal health, human health and environmental sustainability. In this three week May term course, students will examine issues surrounding food production and food safety issues based on the “One Health” model. The first week will allow students to gain an understanding of the US system in regards to ‘One Health’ through lectures/discussion and visits to agricultural production systems in the UConn/New England areas. Then to Ireland, where students gain an appreciation of how Ireland and the European Union approach the "One Health" model while touring food processing sites and distribution centers and learning about governmental policies to ensure a safe and high quality food supply.
Students will earn 3 UConn graded credits (ANSC 3693/PVS 3093) in this program which is team taught by Dr. Sandra Bushmich and Dr. Sheila Andrew. To learn more about this education abroad opportunity, visit its webpage.
Rome, Italy: UConn Water Systems of Rome: Ancient to Modern (summer)
This foreign study field course is designed for Natural Resources and the Environment, Geoscience, Physical Geography, Environmental Science; Environmental Engineering, and Civil Engineering majors interested in water resources. Students in Environmental Studies and other fields of Science and Engineering are also encouraged to apply and will be considered on a space available basis. Led by CAHNR faculty, the major objective of this 3-credit NRE 3693 course is to enhance students’ understanding of human interactions with the environment in the development of modern municipal water systems. Upon completion of the course students should be able to articulate the contributions the Romans have made to water resources management and water system technology and have a better understanding of the factors that enter into designing a sustainable water system.
"Study Away" - U.S. Agriculture Production Annual Field Trip (Summer)
Faculty and students from CAHNR take a road trip from Connecticut to Wyoming and back to learn firsthand how America produces its food.
Read the UConn Today article about their trip, or check out one of their blogs:
Zaragoza, Spain: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (summer)
This program is designed for undergraduates with an interest in learning Spanish and studying the Mediterranean diet industry and food culture. There will be food and industry related tours and case studies that focus on the social and cultural factors that have shaped the Spanish agrifood system and food consumption practices and patterns in Spain. In addition to earning academic credit, the program includes a 4-week full-time internship where students gain international work experience in the wine, fruit and vegetable, seafood, meat, and olive oil sectors.
See a video compilation from past summers.