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Out-of-the-Country Experience Beyond Study Abroad

For students looking to get an out-of-the-country experience beyond study abroad, opportunities abound through academic courses and extracurricular activities.

  • Agriculture in Developing Nations II (IARD 6020) has taken students to nations throughout South and Central America over the past 40 years. Its recent focus has been India, where students can study international agricultural development and globalization.

  • Experiential Garden-Based Learning in Belize (HORT 3200) is a new course featuring a trip to Belize over spring break. This year, 12 students created school gardens through a community food-based program, taught school children, and shared their lessons with local teachers.

  • “Bridges to Community,” a student-led service group, brings 30 students to Nicaragua each year. Before the trip, the students take Bridges to Community (DSOC 4500) in the Department of Development Sociology, which covers the culture and history of Nicaragua as well as international development.

  • Professor of plant biology Kevin Nixon leads students on a three-week trip to Patagonia in southern-most South America to explore the biodiversity, ecology, and taxonomy of the region's plants. They trek across the dry Patagonian steppe in the rain shadow of the Andes, into the temperate rainforest in Chile, down the mountains to the Pacific, and end up in Tierra del Fuego.

  • Juniors, seniors, and graduate students can work with faculty members on economic development projects abroad through the SMART program (Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Teams). Part of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development, the program recently facilitated travel to South Africa, Kenya, China and Belize.

  • For those wishing to plan their own experience, CALS alumni Cedric Hodgeman ’04 and Raul Roman ’64, PhD ’68, have started UBELONG, an organization that facilitates short-term volunteering and educational opportunities throughout the developing world with activities in several fields. Current programs are in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Find out more at