Student Highlights

Be sure to also check out the Student Blog to read firsthand travel experiences from other ISU CALS students.

Kate Kilmer

Studying abroad was an amazing experience, and I got to learn more about an ecosystem with wild animals I was unfamiliar with. I got to meet new people and learn about the culture of the Maori people. I got to visit various locations around the North Island, and there is even more I have yet to see on the South Island. Which just means I will have to go back sometime, to see the South Island and NZ yet again. A fantastic place, an awesome experience, and fascinating wildlife. An amazing study abroad all in all.

Major: Animal Ecology
Experience: New Zealand: Semester at Massey University

Grace Jakes

I never anticipated studying abroad when I first came to Iowa State. I didn’t think that I could afford it, and I wasn’t sure how it would fit in with my career goals and my academic path.

Major: Animal Science & Global Resource Systems
Experience: Semester Along the Nile: Learning in Uganda

Hannah Heit

Studying abroad in Uganda allowed me to gain real world experience working with an NGO. This experience has confirmed my career aspirations and even allowed me to explore them further.

Major: Animal Science
Experience: Uganda

Kaleb Baber

Once I came to Iowa State I realized how affordable studying abroad is and how we have such great opportunities to travel. Various scholarships were also offered, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me to go,

Major: Agronomy
Experience: Soils, Crops and Water of Costa Rica, A Semester in Australia - University of Tasmania

Jack Pieper

My favorite part of being abroad is having the opportunity to meet and learn from people from around the world. Every day I'm able to learn something new from the people I've met and I'm thankful for that.

Major: Agronomy and Global Resource Systems
Experience: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Systems of Brazil & Wageningen University (Netherlands)

Elizabeth Oys

I now have a new perspective and also a new-found sense of independence in regards to international travel.

Major: Agronomy
Experience: American Farm School, Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece

Riley Wilgenbusch

My favorite part of being abroad was getting to apply the things I’d been learning in classrooms to programs that are making real change in the world.

Major: Agronomy & Global Resource Systems
Experience: Dean's Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program: Rome & Uganda

Travis Lichtensteiger

Going abroad has shown me that there are always other ways to get things accomplished and just because I am used to seeing it done one way, that does not mean that it is always the best way.

Major: Agronomy
Experience: Soils, Crops and Water of Costa Rica & Agricultural Systems of New Zealand

Austin Day

I chose to study in New Zealand because I wished to learn about alternate forms of agricultural production and hoped to find methods that could improve our own.

Major: Agronomy
Experience: A Semester in New Zealand - Massey University

Tiffany Poen

Even though the programs are suggested for sophomores and up, I was lucky enough to be accepted as a freshman, and it was the best experience I’ve had!

Major: Agricultural Business and International Agriculture
Experience: United Arab Emirates and Exploring the Agri-Culture of Belize

Rachel Crowley

While abroad, I was able to make worldwide connections that have allowed me to broaden my horizons in my field of study.

Major: Food Science & Human Nutrition
Experience: France
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Amanda Gorzney

Be open to new experiences and activities. Not everyone comes from the same background as you and you need to respect that.

Major: Global Resource Systems & Agricultural Communications
Experience: U.S. Virgin Islands
Cooper poses with friends in front of a beautiful lake vista.

Cooper McDermott

Studying abroad changes your mindset, opening your eyes and mind to new opportunities that you didn’t know were even possible.

Major: Agricultural Business
Experience: Edinburgh and London
Ross standing before a beautiful lake vista with mountains in the background.

Ross Cady

The scholarships available through the college and CALS Study Abroad Office demonstrate how much value the college sees in helping students become global citizens through study abroad.

Major: Agricultural Business
Experience: Brexit: Edinburgh and London
Taylor poses on a bridge in Prague

Taylor Dohlman

My experience at Iowa State University has gone quicker than I could have ever imagined, but I will look back knowing I had a full and enjoyable experience here because I was able to take advantage of opportunities such as studying abroad.

Major: Agricultural Business & International Agriculture
Experience: Prague, Czech Republic

Danielle Youngblut

Just do it! There are so many things you get out of studying abroad such as, personal connections, memories and a new outlook on the world.

Major: Agricultural Business & Advertising
Experience: Brexit: Edinburgh and London

Kritika Chopra

Studying abroad has helped me become more confident when interacting with people from different cultures.

Major: Industrial Technology
Experience: Germany & Uganda

ShaDonna Barnes

Although the other students come from different cultures, religions, social classes and speak different languages, we are all the same; we just come from different places around the world.

Major: Industrial Technology
Experience: International Industrial/Academic Leadership Experience in Taiwan

Marcus Jansen

You don’t get to break perceived notions until you are there and experience the differences first hand.

Major: Horticulture
Experience: Horticulture and Culture of Ireland & Ecology, Culture and Horticulture of the Ecuadorian Andes

Rachael Barnes

Participating in the service-learning program was a hands-on learning experience that helped me realize how I can make a global impact.

Major: Biological Systems Engineering & Global Resource Systems
Experience: Uganda