German Equestrian Program

Type of Travel: 
Program Director(s): 
Animal Science
Departure Date: 
Sunday, May 12, 2019 to Friday, May 24, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tour the farms and regions of Germany to learn about international opportunities and guide lines in related equestrian events such as jumpers, eventers and western all-around horses. Opportunities include visiting Hanoverian National Stud, Westphalia National Stud, German Equestrian Federation Headquarters and Bavarian western performance horse farms. Cultural visits include Cologne Cathedral, Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and Neuschwanstein Castles in Schwangau, Bavaria. You also will experience sites and tastes of each German town we visit.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Expose students to the German culture and history through the investigation of the European equine industry.
  • To provide an international experience to students interested in horse showing and breeding management.

By the end of the program, students will:

1.  Identify European Warmbloods, including Hanovarian and Westphalian breeds

2. Identify the regions of development of these breeds

3. Describe the development of the western all-around performance horse industry in Europe

4. Compare and contrast western performance horse training and show techniques with those utilized in the United States

5. Compare and contrast drug rules and inforcement in horse shows in Europe and the United States

6. Describe the cultural contributions of Germany

Participant Selection Criteria

  • Program Prerequisite: An S 101 & An S 216
  • Students must be at a sophomore standing at time of travel and enrolled in any major within Agriculture & Life Science
  • Must be available for scheduled class in spring semester
  • Good Academic Standing
  • You should be physically fit and capable to walk for long periods of time.
  • You will be expected to be mature, considerate and polite to your peers and any other encounters. 

You will earn a total of 3 credits for An SCI 496 during Spring 2019 semester

  • An SCI 496- This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component.
  • For Pre-departure part of the course, class will meet during the spring semester at a location and time TBD. This course will
    • Set the tone for the program
    • Discuss academic portion 
    • Lay out expectations and procedures 
    • Answer your questions and concerns
    • Cover topics about itinerary, accommodation, meals, safety, health, logistics, travel documents, finances and more.
  • Travel portion of the course will take place in early May.

 Students must take both the on campus course and complete the travel component.  

Program Fee
$4,500 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, CISI health insurance, in-country arrangements)

Other Fees
$105 Study Abroad administrative fee

Program fee and administrative fee will be applied directly to students' Ubill

Out of Pocket Expenses
$550 (meals, personal expenses such as souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, etc, vaccines and preventative medications)
$175 Passport and mailing*

*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

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline of November 1, 2018.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation.
  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision.

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Tentative Itinerary

Sunday, May 12
Depart Des Moines or Minneapolis to Hanover, Germany

Monday, May 13
Arrive in Hanover
Check into hotel and visit town sites

Tuesday, May 14
Visit the Hanoverian National Stud

Wednesday, May 15
Visit Bergen-Belsen

Thursday, May 16
Train to Warendorf, drive to Westphalia and check into hotel

Friday, May 17
Visit Westphalian national stud

Saturday, May 18
Visit Federation Headquarters

Sunday, May 19
Train to Cologne
Visit Cologne cathedral

Monday, May 20
Fly to Munich, check into hotel

Tuesday, May 21- Thursday 23
Visit Bavarian equine farms

Friday, May 24
Depart for U.S.