Animal and Dairy Science in The Netherlands

Type of Travel: 
The Netherlands
Program Director(s): 
Animal Science
Departure Date: 
Sunday, May 12, 2019 to Saturday, May 25, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Class will meet during Spring Semester for Pre-departure orientation.  Travel will take place in May

The Department of Animal Science will be offering a 2-week Spring, 2019 travel course to The Netherlands, complemented by a Spring, 2019, pre-departure orientation program. 

Although The Netherlands is only 1/3 the size of Iowa and is has 5 times as many inhabitants, The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, next to the US, which includes a large livestock sector. So one of the main purposes of this study abroad course will be to gain an understanding of how such a small country can have such extensive livestock production and what the implications and considerations of this are with regard to the environment, sustainability, and acceptance by society. The program will include dairy and animal production, processing, sustainability, and automation in animal agriculture, as well as cultural and historic venues of The Netherlands.

See program brochure here

At the end of the program, students will:
• Be aware of animal agriculture in livestock diversity in another part of the world.
• Understand animal husbandry practices used in another part of the world in their political, cultural, and economic contexts.
• Be aware of the interconnection between sustainable animal agriculture and the environment and society.
• Recognize the interdependence of agriculture, economies, cultures, and politics.
• Appreciate that our cultural diversity adds richness to our lives.
• Value the humanities and arts as meaningful activities that enrich one’s culture.
• Acknowledge differences in political, cultural, religious, and ethnic beliefs and practices.
• Work effectively in a team situation as a leader or participant.
• Write a concise, grammatically correct report.

Selection Criteria
1) Good standing academically
2) Students with a major or minor in Animal or Dairy Science
3) Students with a clearly expressed interest in this international course
4 )Students that are ok with long bus, train, or plane rides
5) Ability to walk for longer distances (up to 1.5 miles) between venues and sights
6) Ability to ride a bicycle for up to 7 miles
7)> 2.00 overall GPA and >2.00 in Animal or Dairy Science courses

Program Fee
~$2929.10 (includes airfare, lodging, on-site transportation, transportation to/from Ames/Des Moines, and entrance fees, CISI health insurance; will be applied directly to U-bill)

Other Fees
$105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU (applied directly to U-bill)

Out of Pocket Expenses
$145 passport* + $30 mailing fee
$250 incidentals
$250 meals on own

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

There are study abroad scholarships available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad office in 0018 Curtiss Hall. Scholarship application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the study abroad program application. Application deadline for Spring term scholarship applications is November 1, 2018
Other Scholarship Resources

Tentative Travel Itinerary

May 12 – 13
Travel to The Netherlands

May 13 – 15
Amsterdam culture, Lisse Flower Auction, Aalsmeer Flower show

May 16
Dairy visits

May 17
Swine production visits, A Bridge too Far, Arnhem

May 18
Organic farming, Zwolle, Giethoorn Venice of the North

May 19
Open Air Museum agriculture history, National Park, Kroller Moller Art museum

May 20
Poultry and swine visits

May 21
Dairy and Wageningen University

May 22
Feedmill, dairy, veal production, Delta Works

May 23
The Hague, Delft, culture and sightseeing

May 24
Robotic milking factory, Windmill park, Rotterdam harbour

May 25
Return to USA

Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office.