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Department of Animal Sciences


Global Education

Reasons to study abroad

  • Build your knowledge about animals and how different cultures care for and use them.
  • Gain cross-cultural awareness to better understand the role of the U.S. in the global animal industry.
  • Learn about people and their different perspectives.
  • Invest in yourself by showing that you value other cultures and that you are academically curious.


Preparing for your trip


Department of Animal Sciences Programs

Verify dates and deadlines on the Ohio State Global Education site.

Short-term Opportunities

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Human & Animal Interactions Education Abroad - Hawaii

Winter 21 Break July 15, 2021

Aloha! Applications are now open for the Human-Animal Interactions Hawaii study away course! Applications will be accepted through July 15th – so don’t delay! You can submit your application through this link: The course takes place Dec 27, 2021-Jan 8, 2022. The program fee for this course is $3873.00US. This fee is due August 16, 2021, and will be made via check payable to: Department of Animal Sciences, 2029 Fyffe Ct., Columbus, OH 43210, Attn: Dr. Kelly George. 

The program fee covers the following:
- roundtrip airfare Columbus, OH to/from Honolulu, HI, depart Dec 27, 2021, return Jan 8, 2022 (we will be flying as a group so no changes or alterations are possible)
- nightly hotel accommodations (2 students/room) at Holiday Inn Waikiki, HI, or comparable facility
- daily light breakfast
- transportation to all scheduled events/tours
- three group dinners, including a New Year's Eve Luau
- entry to Pearl Harbor Museum and visit to the USS Arizona
- whale watch tour
- entry/guide fees to all scheduled activities

Not included in this fee are:
- transportation to/from Columbus, OH, airport on days of travel
- parking at airport
- any meals not listed above
- any personal items
- any baggage fees

If you have STEP funds available to use, STEP has agreed to allow those funds to be applied to this course! Additionally, if you are an Animal Sciences major and are pursuing the option for two short-term education abroad courses to fulfill your 2nd production course, this course has been approved to count as one of the short-term courses!

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kelly George ( or Dr. Steve Moeller (

Panama: Through the Lens of Agriculture, Sustainability, and Diversity

Summer 2022 TBD

This program is designed to give students a different perspective on agriculture and other economic sectors that influence food, fiber and fuel. Additionally, this program will serve to educate and allow students to experience the various applications of agriculture and construction on varying scenarios, especially within a socioeconomic and ethnically diverse context. Through participating in this program, students will explore culture outside of the classroom and view first-hand applications of agriculture based on varying available resources and needs of the population and/or country. Before traveling, students will spend time investigating background information on the country, as well as the country’s agricultural, construction and industrial sectors.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lyda Garcia (

South Africa: Exotic Animal Behavior & Welfare 

Summer 2022 TBD

The goal of this program is to help students learn and exhibit an understanding of exotic animal species behavior and welfare considerations in the context of variation in environmental habitats (open range, controlled contact, and zoological settings, etc.), management of animal health and well-being and comparisons with domesticated species.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kelly George (

Scotland: Equestrian Studies - Animal Sciences 

Spring 2022 TBD

The goal of this program is to help students expand their understanding of the horse industry and how it is shaped by society, culture and economics within Europe. The group will visit veterinary hospitals, museums and equine facilities during the program.

Multiple cultural and historical stops have also been incorporated into the itinerary. In addition to experiencing the horse industry in Europe, students will have the opportunity to appreciate Europe's historical, political, economic and cultural influences.
 Scotland: Ruminants Spring 2022 TBD

This spring break program will expand your understanding of small ruminant animals and the origin of many U.S. livestock breeds. Students also visit the University of Glasgow, host of the FEEPASS Veterinary Medicine program.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kelly George (

  Belgium  Netherlands

European Dairy Studies

Summer 2022 TBD The goal of this program is for students to learn and exhibit an understanding of political, economic, cultural, physical and social differences among the nations of the world regarding the dairy industry and dietary choices, including a specific examination of non-U.S. culture (e.g. Belgium, Germany and Netherlands).


College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Programs

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences offers over 20 global education options to students. Approximately 25% of the students in our college will graduate with at least one global education experience. Click here for more information.



The Ohio State University global education Programs

An additional 80 programs are offered at the university level. Ohio State also partners with organizations that will allow you to enroll directly into other universities around the world. Click here for more information.