Students in the School of Agriculture have a number of opportunities to travel abroad and earn college credit. Opportunities range from short-term faculty-led programs and international internships to semester and year-long programs in countries all over the world.
Agriculture is a global field that requires an understanding of how factors such as economics, food safety and security, and sustainability affect the industry both locally and internationally. Making an international experience part of a UW-Platteville degree can help students gain a broader perspective of the challenges facing farmers, researchers, scientists, and other agriculture professionals around the globe by living in another culture and agricultural context.
Upon graduation, having international experience on a resume can also help distinguish applicants in a competitive job market. In can help demonstrate a global perspective of the field, an understanding of real-world issues, flexibility and adaptability, and knowledge of and openness to other cultures.
The Education Abroad office recommends students studying in agriculture to study abroad through the AERES University of Applied Sciences in Dronten, Netherlands. This is one of the office's exchange programs in which UW-Platteville students can pay UW-Platteville tuition, even while studying in a different county.
For shorter term options, short-term faculty-led programs are recommended. In these programs, students take a course taught abroad by one or more UW-Platteville faculty member and participate in enriching hand-on learning experiences.