About 20 percent of CFANS student make study abroad part of their undergraduate careers.
An international experience is increasingly important given the global nature of our society. Any aspect of your program can incorporate an international component, and the University of Minnesota has one of the nation's largest collections of international opportunities. In fact, with over 220 programs in more than 60 countries, we like to say there is a program for every student, every major, and every budget!
In addition to those programs offered at the University level, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences also offers international programs specific to many of the majors housed within the college.
In past years, Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing students could be found studying abroad for 2-3 week programs, summer and semester programs in South Africa, Malaysia, Argentina and Taiwan. Every student is encouraged to study abroad at least once during their college experience. With early planning and proactive advising, many students can still graduate in four years and study abroad. Contact an advisor in the Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing division for study abroad ideas and for early academic planning to include a study abroad experience.
For over 20 years, the Learning Abroad Center has been working with students to help create an excellent international learning opportunity. Through advising with international program professionals, the Learning Abroad Center will help you integrate study abroad programs into any undergraduate major or minor.
MAST International is an international exchange program that combines a practical, hands-on, educational experience in agriculture with a classroom experience through the University of Minnesota. These programs include field studies, seminars and work experiences.
Food, agricultural and environmental systems are international in nature; they bridge national borders, cross cultures and influence regional and global economics. The International Agriculture minor offered through CFANS is designed to bring a focused international dimension to any major.
Scholarships and Grants
Undergraduate students currently enrolled in CFANS and in good academic standing can apply for international learning grants through the College. Typical award amounts vary from $600 - $2,400 depending upon merit and academic value, quality of the application, and the duration and expenses of the experience.
There are several scholarships available to help finance study abroad programs including the Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship for Study Abroad and others offered through the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center.