German Equestrian Program

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Program Director(s): 
Animal Science
Departure Date: 
Sunday, May 10, 2020 to Friday, May 22, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

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 interest in horse showing and breeding management.
  • To enable students to compare and contrast the administrative differences between the independently run American breeds and  associations, and the Federally governed equine industry in Germany.

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

  • Prerequisite:  An S 101 & An S 216 preferred but not required
  • 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

Course Information
You will earn a total of 3 credits for An SCI 496 during Spring 2020 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, in-country arrangements)

Other ISU Fees*
$105 Study Abroad administrative fee
$17 CISI health insurance and travel assist

*charged to U-bill

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
$350 meals
$200 personal expenses (souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, vaccines and preventative medications, visa if required)
$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 (up to $145)

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, 2019

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, 2019.

  • 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 Program Itinerary

Sunday, May 10
Travel to Hanover, Germany

Monday, May 11
Arrive in Hanover
Check into hotel and visit town sites

Tuesday, May 12
Visit the Hanoverian National Stud and Hanoverian Training Center

Wednesday, May 13
Visit Saddle Making company and town of Celle
Bus to Lohheide to visit Bergen Belsen Memorial

Thursday, May 14
Travel to Warendorf to Sport Academy of Military
Visit Headquarters DOKR/FN (training site for the Olympic Team)
Drive to hotel in Osnabruck

Friday, May 15
Visit Westphalian National Stud 

Saturday, May 16
Visit Olympic Veterinarian's clinic
Attend the Medieval Festival in Warendorf

Sunday, May 17
Travel to Muenster Zoo to visit The Westphalian National Equine Museum
Drive to Cologne

Monday, May 18
Visit the Cologne Cathedral
Travel by train to Munich 

Tuesday, May 19
Visit summer palace
Sightsee in Munich

Wednesday, May 20
Travel to Hohenschwangau, Hohenschwangau Castle, and Neuschwanstein Castle
Thursday, May 21
Travel to Memmingen to observe a clinic at Chrom-Ranch
Trail ride in the mountains and have a BBQ
Friday, May 22
Return to the US

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