Sustainable Global Resource Systems in Uganda and The Netherlands

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Uganda, The Netherlands
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 to Monday, December 2, 2019
Type of Travel: 
Travel Course
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

This study abroad program will focus on exploring and comparing sustainable resource systems in Uganda and the Netherlands, with a specific emphasis on understanding natural resources, agricultural, and food systems in each country.

Students will have the opportunity to experience livelihoods in rural Uganda, and participate in activities associated with the Iowa State University Uganda Program (ISU-UP) and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL). ISU-UP and CSRL have been invested in the Kamuli District, Uganda for the past 14 years, and continue to make significant contributions to improve livelihoods, food security, and overall quality of life. Students will participate in hands-on activities focused on the environment, agriculture and food, and local communities.

In addition, students will travel to the Netherlands where they will have the opportunity to experience and learn about the natural resource of one of Europe’s smallest nations, visit agricultural and food facilities, and participate in cultural tours and activities.   

Program Goals

  1. Provide opportunities for students to examine the similarities and differences associated with natural resources, agricultural, and food systems in each country
  2. Facilitate student understanding of the unique challenges and solutions associated with resource systems in a developing (Uganda) and developed country (The Netherlands)
  3. Expose students to diverse, global stakeholders in natural resources, agricultural, and food systems in each country (e.g., industry, non-profits, local communities, etc.)
  4. Foster personal and professional student growth and development through cross-cultural experiences and communication

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify, describe, and compare natural resources, agricultural, and food systems in each country
  2. Explain and evaluate unique challenges and solutions associated with resource systems in a developing (Uganda) and developed country (The Netherlands)
  3. Identify and provide examples of diverse stakeholders in natural resources, agricultural, and food systems in each country
  4. Describe complexities associated with natural resources, agricultural, and food systems and various stakeholder interests in each country
  5. Practice professionalism and cross-cultural communication, including developing the ability to see complex resource issues through differing perspectives and worldviews
  6. Develop personal skills including self-confidence, flexibility, tolerance, empathy, etc

Participant Selection Criteria:

  • Students must be in the Global Resource Systems major. Preference will be given to freshmen and sophomore by year (not by credit), but juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply.
  • Students must be able to walk continuously for 3 miles on uneven terrain. Students must be willing and able to live in basic conditions with minimal modern conveniences and little to no Internet access. Students are expected to be flexible and professional throughout the program. 
  • The student must be in good academic standing.

Skills and Additional Requirements

  • Must have a valid passport or be willing to get one. Valid passport must be good through July 2020
  • Must be willing to participate in all pre- and post- departure courses

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.  

Important Notice Regarding Missing Classes
Please note that participation in this travel course will require you to be gone from campus for some school days. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences tries to minimize the number of days missed for this purpose, but in some events, the inflexibility of the travel schedule prevents us from working completely within our breaks.  Should you choose to enroll in this travel course that requires missing some class(es) on campus, you will need to contact your instructor directly to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up this class work and/or exams.  The CALS Study Abroad office can provide you with a letter explaining the dates of the trip.  However, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade before signing up for this Study Abroad program.  The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.

Course Information
You will earn a total of 3 credits for Globe 496. This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component

For the pre-departure part of the course, GLOBE 496 will meet during the Fall semester at a location and a 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 during Thanksgiving Break

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

Program Fee*
$1,773 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, in-country arrangements)

Other ISU Fees*
$105 Study Abroad Administrative Fee
$22.30 CISI health insurance and travel assist

*billed to U-bill

Note:  ISU tuition and fees will be applied as needed for 3 credits for GLOBE 496

Generous support from Cargill has made it possible to subsidize the program fee to $1,900.  Program fee would be $5,000 without Cargill support.

Out of Pocket Expenses
$200 meals
$200 personal expenses (souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, etc.)
$800 vaccines and preventative medications
$100 visa and mailing
$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)

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 September 15, 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.

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

Wednesday, November 20
Depart from Des Moines International airport for The Netherlands 

Thursday, November 21
Arrive The Netherlands
Excursions to local site visits

Friday, November 22
The Netherlands
Excursions to local site visits

Saturday, November 23
The Netherlands
Excursions to local site visits

Sunday, November 24
The Netherlands
Excursions to local site visits

Monday, November 25
Depart The Netherlands
Arrive Entebbe

Tuesday, November 26
Drive to Kamuli early afternoon

Wednesday, November 27

Thursday, November 28

Friday, November 29

Saturday, November 30

Sunday, December 1
Depart Kamuli at lunch.
Depart Entebbe for Amsterdam

Monday, December 2
Depart Amsterdam, The Netherlands for Des Moines, Iowa
Return to Ames, Iowa.