Global Updates

Caitlin McNamara- Amity Tours
April 29, 2024 12:05 PM

If there’s one thing people know about me, it’s my unabashed pride for all things Chile and the Midwest; so, you can imagine how excited I was when these two great loves combined when I was given the opportunity to join a custom trip that Amity Tours designed for students from Iowa State University to explore the Lakes and Volcano District during their spring break!

This is one of the first opportunities we have had at Amity Tours to work in tandem with a faculty-led program looking to bring the classroom outdoors. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have had the chance to bridge the gap between academics and adventure with this fantastic group of 11 students and 2 professors from Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For me in particular, it was especially heartwarming to be reminded of my first introduction to Chile not so long ago through my study abroad experience when getting to know the students throughout this particular program; for many of them, this was their first time out of the country, which made it an even more rewarding experience to join them on such a meaningful trip.

Whitney Baxter
April 29, 2024 11:28 AM

In the first of what is hoped to be regular trips to the country, a group of 10 Iowa State University students got to experience agriculture in Nepal and how it is being impacted by climate change.

Group of people standing and kneeling outside a house and next to a tractor in Nepal.

Kara Berg
April 29, 2024 11:24 AM

Ramiat Winery

Dr. Marshall McDaniel, agronomy, Dr. Ebby Luvaga, economics, and Maggie Norton accompanied a group of 17 CALS students on a spring break travel course to Spain. The group visited many farms including olive, dairy, vineyard, rabbit, snail, almond, peach, a yogurt facility, fruit processing and cultural visits too. McDaniel said it was a “fantastic, edifying trip.”

Fred Love- ISU News Service
April 29, 2024 11:18 AM

Emma AlstottAMES, Iowa – A resume that includes international experience and involvement with undergraduate research laid the foundation for Iowa State University student Emma Alstott to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship this semester. 

Kara Berg
April 15, 2024 10:25 AM

Rachael Voss, GermanyAgronomy senior, Rachael Voss, is enjoying her spring semester studying in Marburg, Germany at Philipps-Universität Marburg. She chose the study abroad experience because her second major is German and she has known since high school that she wanted to study abroad in Germany. “Marburg was the best choice for me because it offered an opportunity to hone in on my German for a semester while still having the program semester dates align with the U.S. semester,” said Voss.

Brenda Witherspoon
April 15, 2024 10:09 AM

pineapple farm A group of 18 CALS students spent their spring break learning about different approaches to agriculture and immersing themselves in another culture, including its people, natural environment and languages. They did that through extended visits to farms and producers of pineapple, highland fruit, coffee, sugar cane, bamboo, cacao, spices, rice, mango and a tour of a national irrigation system. This travel course has been running for more than 25 years.

Marta Grant
April 10, 2024 2:32 PM

Access the April 2024 CALS Study Abroad Newsletter here:

Gillian AndersonWhen Gillian Anderson (’24 agricultural and rural policy studies, international agriculture) received an email revealing the details of an extraordinary opportunity, she thought it was unattainable, so she deleted it. Fortunately, a follow-up conversation with Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice assistant teaching professor and advisor Ramesh Balayar gave Anderson the confidence to take a second look. She is grateful she did because during the summer of 2023, Anderson was living in Rome, Italy, collaborating with a United Nations organization that combats food insecurity.

The experience, made possible through the Dean’s Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program, is administered through Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It gives students the chance to gain valuable skills and knowledge related to global agricultural production, resources, and food issues. Students conduct coursework on campus during spring semester before spending the first month of summer break in Rome, working directly with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) professionals.

Marta Grant
March 20, 2024 2:34 PM

Access the March 2024 CALS Study Abroad Newsletter here:

Kara Berg
March 11, 2024 12:08 PM

Abe Dieleman, a sophomore in agronomy, is spending the spring semester studying at Perrotis College, part of the American Farm School, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dieleman is part of a group of 12 students participating in the ISU CALS Study Abroad program, which also includes fellow agronomy student Nali Sanchez Carmona.

Dave Roepke
February 22, 2024 9:57 AM

AMES, Iowa – Many Iowa State University students studying agribusiness have seen a harvest hauled to market. Far fewer have witnessed what happens next.

“Even if you’re familiar with the business side of farming, it’s not apparent where crops go. You dump a load at the local co-op elevator, and it’s just gone. But it’s not just marketing. Grain physically needs to go somewhere,” said Bobby Martens, associate professor of economics and the Iowa Institute of Cooperatives Endowed Economics Professor.

A group of Iowa State students recently got a firsthand look at the path soybeans can take after they leave the elevator as part of an experiential course studying agricultural supply chains, a class centered in its inaugural year around a weeklong trip that stretched from processing and fuel plants in Iowa and Minnesota to ports in the Pacific Northwest. 

Madelyn Ostendorf
February 20, 2024 11:46 AM

When you think about taking an ethics class, how do you picture it? Are you in the middle of the woods, sitting around a campfire, discussing the writings of environmental authors like Wallace Stegner or Sigurd Olsen? In Shawn Dorius’ SOC 234: Conservation Ethics & Values class, that’s exactly what your classroom looks like.

During the two-week summer session, students get an up close and personal view of the history of conservation in America and contrast conservation in the Midwest and Mountain West. Using the Rod & Connie French Conservation Education Camp as a home base, students in this Study USA field course travel all over the state of Montana and the surrounding region.

Kara Berg
February 20, 2024 11:08 AM

Emily Kihlstrom, a junior in agronomy, took part in a CALS travel course to India from December 29 to January 15. Participants were able to learn first-hand about India’s different crops (vegetables, coconut, banana, tea, coffee, rice, rubber, cashew, spices, pineapple, etc.) and production techniques. Students had the opportunity to visit regional vegetable, spice, and flower markets and interact with students at the Kerala Agricultural University.

Marta Grant
February 14, 2024 1:36 PM

Access the February 2024 CALS Study Abroad Newsletter here:

Logan Schmitt
February 13, 2024 2:20 PM

Dr. Acker making pasta at cooking class in RomeIn just his second year co-leading the Food, Culture, and Agriculture in Greece & Italy program, Dr. David Acker, Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Professor in Agriculture Education, has successfully curated one of the most sought-after travel courses alongside Dr. Sotirios Archontoulis. Their combined expertise in the Mediterranean countries offers students a comprehensive learning experience focusing on the production, distribution, marketing, and regulations associated with the food system while exploring farms and various cultural sights. 

Marta Grant
January 24, 2024 1:37 PM

Access the January 2024 CALS Study Abroad Newsletter here:

John Milstead
January 23, 2024 8:58 AM

Stephanie Lopez
January 23, 2024 8:58 AM

The Study Abroad Center would like to congratulate the six recipients of the Gilman International Scholarship for the October 2023 cycle.

Logan Schmitt
January 13, 2024 2:37 PM

I never thought that I would eventually end up being at Iowa State University teaching or advising students...but I feel that I am here for a purpose to motivate students not only to be successful academically but also to become global citizens.

Cynthia Hicks
November 15, 2023 1:08 PM

Jocelyn Pocernich cooking in Uganda A junior studying Environmental Studies, International Agriculture, and Horticulture at Io

Whitney Baxter
November 6, 2023 1:33 PM

Kosovo interns group Summer 2023

By Whitney Baxter


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