Our study abroad programs are organized through the International Programs in Agriculture Office.
Studying abroad gave me fresh, new, and different perspectives on life...Best of all, I have learned how to listen and communicate with people from other backgrounds and cultures, both inside and outside of the United States.
Eric Steiner, 2001 Agricultural Education
Every Agriculture student has the opportunity to study overseas. You don't have to speak another language. Grants are available.
Students choose from 24 programs in 20 countries around the globe--some complete overseas coursework for Purdue grades and credit, while others participate in internships. Programs vary in length--a full year, one semester, a summer term, or one-month "Maymester" courses. You can even earn Purdue credit in Honduras or Ireland over Spring Break!
All students come home with new life skills that make them more attractive to potential employers and graduate schools, more effective citizens, and better persons. Purdue University works with institutions, industries, and people throughout the world and is home to students and scholars from over 100 countries. The philosophy underlying study abroad derives from a belief that students who have had experience working, living, and studying internationally are better educated, more mature, and unusually motivated in their chosen careers.
Study abroad is especially important for today's graduates because:
- International experience helps employees be more productive and effective even here at home.
- Employees with international experience are better able to work with persons who are different from themselves.
- Overseas experience is important for working in the global marketplace.
- It is no longer enough to have a workforce that speaks only English.
- Overseas living develops sensitivity to new market opportunities. Students who study abroad tend to be risk-takers; they are more independent, flexible, creative, and goal-oriented.
- An international experience can help set you apart from other students with whom you'll compete for jobs or graduate/professional school placements.