These programs vary in length, credits earned, and activities

Taiwan - National Taiwan University


This course is timed to take place summer modules II & III. The National Taiwan University (NTU) was founded in 1928. Taiwan is an island situated in subtropical and tropical Asia. This is an eight week program. Students will earn six credits.

The first four weeks will be experiential, which could include an internship or research depending on the lab type you choose.

The next four weeks will be classroom and field excursion study. Students will visit a conservation research institute, NTU's experimental farm, museum of archaeology, Taoyuan district agricultural research and extension station, orchid field, marine research station, forestry research institute, Chingshui Cliff , tea plantation and fern garden, while studying the ecosystem, vegetation, wildlife, culture and history of Taiwan. While on campus you will study Chinese language for 3 nights, their culture, various aspects of tropical agriculture, Taiwan cuisine, in addition to completing course modules on plant and animal agriculture, agricultural economics, and food science. All of the courses will be taught in English.

Brazil - University of Sao Paulo @ Pirassununga (USP FZEA) or Federal University of Vicosa (UFV)Brazil- summer 2016.jpg

  • Internship/Research: Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biosystems and Food Process Engineering, Food Science, Veterinary Medicine.
  • 6 credits earned
  • No foreign language requirements
Students will participate in language introduction courses as well as an overview of the Brazil education system and Brazilian agriculture upon arrival. The majority of each student's studies will be an internship/ research lab experience based on the student's major and area of interest. Students will earn 6 credits with this course.

The internship research lab focus areas include agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal sciences, biosystems and food processing engineering, food science, and veterinary medicine.

This program is conducted primarily in English but Portuguese is the language of Brazil and familiarity with it is beneficial. Portuguese is not required of this course.
Federal University of Vicosa
University of Sao Paulo @ Pirassununga

New Zealand - National Expedition and Internship

National Expedition and Internship
Massey University is offering three program tracks. Each track is a two-week National Expedition and four-week Internship structure.
Agriculture and Environment
Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Management majors
Communication and Marketing
Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, and Communication majors
Disaster Risk and Emergency Management
Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, and Defense majors
Massey University is providing three NZ $500 Explore New Zealand scholarships to help make this programme even more affordable.

Germany - University of Hohenheim

Students will conduct research based on the students’ major and area of interest. This opportunity can be one to three months.
‘Bio-based Economy” gives insight into the whole life cycle of bio-based materials: bioenergy, biomaterials, food technology, as well as socio-economic and ethical aspects of a future bio-based economy. In a mix of lectures, laboratory experiments and excursions for 3 weeks, professors teach you in an interactive way and in an international surrounding. Homepage: https://becy.uni-hohenheim.de/110771?&L=1  
“Innovation, Finance, Entrepreneurship” is a 3 week course through the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences. Economic growth crucially depends on innovations. However, innovations develop under a high degree of risk and uncertainty and rupture existing structural patterns. Thus the rise and management of innovations poses severe organizational problems, and it creates special informational problems that can obstruct financing. Successful innovations require not only financial resources, but also a true entrepreneurial spirit. The aim is to provide knowledge on the economics, management and financing of innovations and the link of the respective concepts to entrepreneurial behavior and the creation and financing of innovative new companies.
Pathogens, Parasites and their Hosts
“Pathogens, Parasites, and their Hosts: Ecology, Molecular Interactions and Evolution” is a 3 week course. This course will introduce ecology, molecular interactions, and evolution of pathogen-host relationships with respect to animals, plants and microorganisms. The topics will be given in a series of lectures, laboratory experiments, and excursions. The aim of the course will be a comparison of different biological systems, showing both striking similarities and surprising peculiarities.
Homepage:  wiso.uni-hohenheim.de/programme      


France—Ecole d'Ingenieurs de Purpan


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"Taiwan was such an unforgettable adventure! Exploring Taiwan's scenic mountains and forests, while at the same time earning credits, is something I got to check off my bucket list. It broadened and set my sights higher in how I want to apply my Purdue experience. I'm proudly walking away with a new world appreciation, some valuable knowledge, and of course, some cherished friendships! I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to study abroad... it's the time of your life!"

-Andria Schmitz-


"Studying abroad in Brazil has been the most amazing experience of my life! I have learned so much and met so many life-long friends, I feel truly lucky to have had this opportunity."

-Kayla Wirthwein-