Program will introduce students to the swine industry in Japan and Thailand, including production systems, feed processing, and meat processing. Students will witness swine production, business, and trade in Japan and Thailand, and compare them to the U.S. Students will also visit historical sites and experience the education system, culture, history, political system, and economy of both countries
At the end of the program, students will:
• Be aware of the global reach of the swine industry.
• Have a greater understanding of swine production systems in Japan and Thailand and how they impact each country’s economy and trade.
• Understand genetics systems, buildings and housing, food safety protocols, and pork marketing in Japan and Thailand and make direct comparisons to the U.S.
• Appreciate the culture and traditions in other countries.
• Recognize differences in cultural, political, and economic practices.
• Write a concise trip report outlining their experience on the trip and value realized.
Participant Selection Criteria
- Documented interest/experience in the pork/swine industry
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Potential for career in some aspect of the swine industry
Note 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
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
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the extended application deadline of December 10, 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.
$6,500.00 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, CISI health insurance, in-country arrangements)
$105 Study Abroad administrative fee
Program fee and administrative fee will be applied directly to students' Ubill
Out of Pocket Expenses
$450 (meals, personal experiences, i.e., souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, 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
Tentative Travel Itinerary
May 14 or 15
Bangkok, Thailand area -- visit Charoen Pokphaoods, Agro-Industry Panyapiwat Institute of Management, feed mill, farms, etc
Arrangements made by Dr. Sombat Thiratrakoolchai and Dr. Tiranun Srikanchai
Visit farms, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Global Pig Farms, packing plant in Tokyo area and Gunma area
Arrangements made by Dr. Hiroshi Takashi
Return to U.S.