Travel to the enchanted emerald isle of Ireland, the highland glens of Scotland, and the historic and captivating countryside of England while earning six credits toward your college degree! Visit farms, food processing plants, agribusinesses, and natural resource sites while exploring environmental and rural development issues.

Though the course of study focuses on food and natural resources, it also includes visits to many cultural and historical sites throughout the area. You will stay in quaint bed-and-breakfast inns in sleepy hamlets, as well as modern hotels in the bustling cities of Dublin, Edinburgh, and London. You will also visit medieval walled cities, majestic cathedrals, and legendary castles steeped in history.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine the most exciting educational experience of your college career with visits to places that most people only dream about! At the end of the program, many students take advantage of the opportunity to travel throughout England and other parts of Europe.

 

Eligibility:
Though the program is designed primarily for students majoring in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students from all majors, as well as from other colleges and universities, are encouraged to apply because the credits may be transferable. Students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least 2.75 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point average does not, however, guarantee admission-- additional eligibility criteria may apply. Applicants must also be in good physical condition and have the ability to deal with heights, as this program involves rigorous hiking and field study activities.

Participation may be denied to an applicant whose conduct prior to departure raises doubts that he or she should be allowed to participate in an international experience.

 

Academic Program:
Students will enroll in 6 credits from the following courses:

ANR 475--International Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources (2 - 6 credits)
AEE 412--International Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and Communication (2 - 6 credits)
AEE 490--Independent Study (1 - 4 credits)
AEE 875--International Studies in Agriculture and Extension Education (2 - 6 credits)
ANS 480--Animal Systems in International Devolopment (1 - 4 credits)
ANS 490
--Independent Study (1 - 4 credits)
AEE 475
--International Studies in ANR Communication (1 - 4 credits)

Graduate students will enroll for 4 credits from the above courses, and students may consult with the program faculty members regarding additional courses that may be appropriate. Studnets desiring additional credits or honors work will need to participate in additional research beyond the traditional requirements.

Students will also be required to attend 6-8 pre-departure orientations during Spring Semester 2003. Typically these sessions meet from 6-8 PM on Thursday evenings. All participants are expected to attend these sessions. If you have questions, please contact Dave Hawkins or Michael Woods.

 

Costs:
The program fee of $2,600.00 includes accommodations, breakfast and most dinners, accident and sickness insurance, support services, and field trips. The program fee does not include MSU tuition and fees, airfare, academic resources, or personal spending money.

Once enrolled in courses, students will receive a bill from the MSU Student Receivables Office for the Study Abroad program fee and MSU tuition and fees based on the number of credits taken during the summer. Students will enroll in courses according to the MSU summer enrollment schedule. Program fees, dates, and arrangements may be subject to change due to unexpected circumstances.

 

Finanacial Aid & Scholarships:
Financial assistance is available when students make appropriate arrangements with MSU's Office of Study Abroad and Office of Financial Aid. All students planning to use financial aid towards a study abroad program must indicate their intentions on the study abroad application form.

Scholarships are available to qualified MSU students on a competitive basis. Scholarship information is available for CANR students in 121 Agriculture Hall. The Overseas Study Office scholarship is available on-line at http://studyabroad.msu.edu/sahomepage.html.

 

Application & Admission:
Students can apply for this program at the MSU Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, or by mail. We strongly recommend that students apply early - this programs has typically filled to capacity prior to the semester break in December.

Selection of applicants is done on a rolling admission basis - that is, applications are accepted and students are evaluated and considered for admission throughout the academic year. However, applying early and meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

A $100 application fee is required. Students will receive a bill from the MSU Student Receivables Office for the application fee that is applied to the cost of the program and is non-refundable once a student is admitted into the program. A student who wants to withdraw his or her application is required to notify the Office of Study Abroad, in writing, that he or she no longer intends to participate.

Once admitted into a program, a student will be billed for a non-refundable and non-transferable $200 deposit. This deposit will be posted and due on individual student accounts and must be paid by the due date indicated on the bill. It will be applied to the cost of the program. If a student does not pay the deposit by the due date on the bill, the deposit will accrue monthly late charges until it is paid in full. Additionally, he or she may be dropped from the program. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Office of Study Abroad, in writing, when he or she is withdrawing from a program.

MSU students who are unable to pay the deposit by the due date are encouraged to apply for a short-term loan with the MSU Office of Financial Aid.

 

Living Abroad:
It is the responsibility of students applying for this program to inquire about visa requirements for all countries they plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that students plan to visit before or after their study abroad program. Students can do so by consulting with a travel agent or by calling the consular offices of those countries. It is important for students to understand that they may be denied entry into, or be deported from, a country for which they have not obtained a required visa. For some countries, certain medical requirements must be met before a visa will be issued. A valid passport is required for all visa applications.

 

Health and Immunizations:
Students should consult with a travel clinic (the Olin Health Center Travel Clinic or others) to ensure that their routine immunizations are up-to-date, to inquire whether there are recommended and/or required immunizations for the country/countries they will visit (including any countries they will visit that are not part of this study abroad program’s itinerary), and to review educational issues relevant to their personal health and well being.

This trip will include traveling through hilly areas and some rigour hiking. Students should be in good physical condition, and if they are bothered by heights, they should obtain the appropriate medication.

 

Additional Information:
To apply for the program or ask questions, please contact the office or study abroad or one of the instructors listed below.

Office of Study Abroad
109 International Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
Telephone: (517) 353-8920
Fax: (517) 432-2082
E-mail: studyabroad@osa.msu.edu

Dave Hawkins

1250A Anthony Hall 517-355-8386

hawkin12@msu.edu

Michael Woods

408 Agricultural Hall 517-355-6580x202

mwoods@msu.edu

Paul Roberts

102 Agricultural Hal l517-355-8873

robertsh@msu.edu

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