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Students: Deans' Promise: Enrichment Opportunities

Study Abroad
Travel the world.

Faculty-led Programs

China: Global Food and Trade

This course is designed to introduce students to the literature on global food, food safety, agricultural development and trade in China with an emphasis on international business practices.

  • Course(s): 6 hours (choose 2) of either AAEC 3911, AESC 3150, or FDST 4910/6910
  • Dates: May 9-29
  • Cost: $2,275 + tuition/fees + airfare
  • Contact(s): Dr. Ames,
    Dr. Huang,

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Costa Rica: Coffee: From Bean to Cup (Thanksgiving Break)

Travel to Costa Rica to partake in this unique opportunity for students to learn about the horticultural practices and processing involved in coffee production. This program is focused entirely on the challenge and practices of growing, harvesting and processing coffee, the second-most traded commodity on Earth!

  • Course(s): FDST 4150/6150 (2 credits)
  • Dates: November 22- November 30, 2014 (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Cost: $900 + tuition/fees + airfare
  • Contact(s): Dr. Ron Pegg,
    UGA CR Office,

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Costa Rica: Avian Biology

Come hike through lush green rain forests, climb on the rocks of an active volcano, or stroll down the black sand beaches of Costa Rica. With more than 860 resident and migrant bird species in the country, each of the seven locations the course visits offers birds of every color and size. Parrots, toucans, motmots and hummingbirds will ensure you return with an appreciation for avian diversity and tropical ecology.

  • Course(s): POUL 4150 (6hrs)
  • Dates: Maymester 2016, May 16 - June 5
  • Cost: $2,600 + tuition/fees + airfare
  • Contact(s): Dr. Adam Davis, 706-542-1350

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Costa Rica: Insect Natural History

Explore Costa Rica and discover the rich culture, biodiversity of insects and agroecology of the region. You will spend one week in Athens and 18 days in Costa Rica, offering you the opportunity to learn about tropical insect biodiversity while exploring the ecology of various important crops in the region and how their production affects the ecosystem.

  • Course(s): ENTO 3140/L Insects of Costa Rica, ENTO 4960 Undergraduate Research in Entomology). Students take both courses for a total of 8 credit hours
  • Dates: First summer session 2015
  • Cost: $2,500
  • Contact(s): Dr. Marianne Shockley,
    Dr. Paul Guillebeau,

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Europe: The Grand Tour: Art and Gardens

Gain appreciation for the art, literature, history, politics, economics, religion, and topography that shaped the art and gardens of The Grand Tour sites. Influenced by the experiences and legacy of visitors to Italy and France over the centuries, students will write travelogues inspired by their own Grand Tour of Italy, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland.

  • Course(s): HORT 3900 and CLAS4390 (6 Hours)
  • Dates: Maymester 2015, May 7 – May 27
  • Cost: $2,250 + tuition/fees + airfare
  • Contact(s): Dr. Tim Smalley, 706-542-2471

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France: French and European Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The program is coordinated through ENSAT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse), which is the National Institute of Agronomy in France. Faculty from ENSAT lead lectures and field trips (taught in English) covering: Dairy and Poultry Production, Biotechnology, Horticulture, Agricultural Economics and Policy, Geomatics, Sustainable Agriculture, and Winemaking. In addition, there are daily lectures on French language and survival skills, culture and history.

  • Course(s): AESC 3150, AESC 3160 (6 hours)
  • Dates: Maymester 2015 (exact dates TBA)
  • Cost: $2,000 +tuition/fees + airfare
  • Contact(s): Dr. Mike Azain,
    Dr. Gene Pesti,

Visit the French and European Agricultural and Environmental Sciences website

Italy: Viticulture and Enology

There's more to wine than choosing the right bottle. Spend your Maymester mastering its finer aspects; and learn about its production, health implications, cultivation and economic impact on Cortona, Italy. Students will stay in a renovated 15th century monastery in the heart of Italian wine culture and share dinners at a local family-run restaurant.

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Uruguay: Sustainable Beef and Grain Production and Marketing Systems

This program focuses on the similarities and differences in the beef and grain/oilseed production systems in Uruguay and their equivalent in the U.S. While traveling, the class will concentrate not only on the marketing and production of beef and grains but also of other agronomic and horticultural crops (lamb, hogs, goats, dairy, hay, vegetables, fruit and herbs) especially within the context of sustainable food production.

  • Course(s): AAEC 4990E (2 credits), AAEC 3911 (1 credit)
  • Dates: Spring Break 2016 (March)
  • Cost: $1,300 + tuition/fees + airfare
  • Contact(s): Amanda Stephens, 706-542-5276

Visit the Sustainable Beef and Grain Production and Marketing Systems website


Exchange Programs

UGA has partnership agreements with prestigious universities around the world. These allow you to study abroad as a non-degree visiting student for a semester or academic year while only paying UGA in-state tuition and fees.

Through exchanges, you enroll at a host university and participate in daily life in a country in a way that you may not otherwise experience through travel and study abroad programs. In addition to cultural immersion, exchange programs also give you the opportunity to further enhance your foreign language skills.

Courses offered

While on an exchange, you can take university courses in your major area of study and also earn minor, core and elective credit.

Check out our partner universities for more information on courses and programs offered:

Plan your exchange program

Contact the Office of International Education and the CAES study abroad coordinator, Amanda Stephens, to learn about the academic systems and course options at our partner universities. Talk to your academic advisor about how participating in an exchange program can fulfill your degree requirements.


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