- Learn about many of the food and agricultural specialties of the Provence region of France and the Catalonia region of Spain.
- Visit Girona, Spain- one of the most important food science centers of Europe--IRTA of Monells.
- Enjoy chocolate tasting and learn about sausage specialties in Barcelona.
- Experience the culture, art, and historical sights of medieval towns and wonderful European cities
- Hear and learn directly from producers and professionals in the food industry on how systems are similar and/or different than those in the United States.
Course of Study
This international study tour is very hands-on and includes agriculture and food-related tours on a daily basis. The itinerary includes meeting with professors and students at two universities--one in Avignon and the other in Girona--with lectures related to food economics and production. The tour will be travelling throughout the Provence (southern) region of France and the Catalonia (northeast) region of Spain. Tours and visits will give students opportunities to hear and learn directly from producers and professionals in the food industry on how systems are similar and/or different than those in the United States.
Students selected for the study tour will be required to meet 4-5 times during the spring semester for information sharing sessions. Topics covered will include travel coordination such as obtaining passports, when and where to get Euros, proper social and cultural etiquette, important safety guidelines, and tour activity research and reports.
Several activities will be used to evaluate how students are processing the experiences and information that they gain during the study tour. First, students will contribute to a daily blog highlighting experiences and reflections. Following the tour each student will prepare a paper that describes tour experiences and reflects on how the tour met tour-learning objectives for them. Students will develop a presentation on the tour to be shown to prospective students in fall semester 2018.
Students will enroll in AGRI 310 for three credit hours. Graduate credit is granted by the graduate faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Graduate credit can be obtained only be previous arrangement with the Graduate College.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher. While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students.
Rosalee Swartz, Department of Agricultural Economics Undergraduate Program Director and Primary Adviser, has lead eight similar study abroad tours to France, Germany and Switzerland, and she currently teaches AGRI 282, Introduction to Global Agriculture and Natural Resources in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The primary language in France is French and in Spain, Spanish. However, English is taught in all European Union countries, so participants will find that many people speak English. An English-speaking tour guide will also accompany the group at all times during the tour.
This program will begin in the historical and cultural city of Paris, France followed by the quaint towns of Avignon and Lubeon, located in the Provence region of France. From there, the group will head south to Girona, Spain shortly followed by Costa Brava and finally, Barcelona. The group will then fly back to Paris and head for the United States.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Program participants will fly as a group with the leader to Barcelona, Spain and return to the United States from Paris, France.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Lodging will be twin rooms at the Ibis Hotel (or similar establishment) in Avignon, the Residencia Sant Daniel in Girona, and the Reidencia Marti Codolar in Barcelona.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Some of the meals will be provided by Spain Taste, in other instances students will be responsible for their own meals.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: All local transportation will be arranged by the Spain Taste. The majority of local transportation will be via large vans. Upon entry into Paris the group will travel by high-speed to Avignon. Lodging in Paris will be twin to quad rooms (depending on availability) in a student hotel that is part of the European network for student group housing.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will most likely have access to a wash machine at their hotel for an extra fee..
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: WiFi will be available at most hotels.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 16, 2018.
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Participants will be asked to walk distances within both the city of Paris and Barcelona.
See the budget sheet and the Fund Your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $1000 deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The $1000 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
US Department of State
Center for Disease Control
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.