Study of Pork Industry in Japan and Thailand

Type of Travel: 
Japan, Thailand
Program Director(s): 
Animal Science
Departure Date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 to Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 10, 2018

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

Application Process
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.

Program Fee
$6,500.00 (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
$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

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Tentative Travel Itinerary

May 14 or 15
Depart U.S.

May 16-23
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

May 24
Travel day

May 25-28
Visit farms, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Global Pig Farms, packing plant in Tokyo area and Gunma area
Arrangements made by Dr. Hiroshi Takashi

May 29
Return to U.S.