Study Abroad and Experiential Learning

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Studying abroad and experiential learning opportunities are a great way to gain unforgettable, real-world experience related to your studies. While students can participate in any university study abroad program they qualify for, the ACE Department collaborates with the College of ACES Study Abroad Office to offer programs specifically designed to help broaden the horizons of undergraduate students interested in food systems, business development and policy creation.

The ACE Department also offers domestic spring break study tours to Washington D.C. and California, in alternating years.

‚ÄčTo see all the sudy abroad opportunities available to University of Illinois students, visit the Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange website.

International Business Immersion Program (IBIP)

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Designed to acquaint students with critical functional, cultural, and regional issues that span international marketing channels, the goal of this program is to prepare students for careers in the global marketplace as entrepreneurial leaders.

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Illinois in Sierra Leone

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The university's partnership with Njala University in Sierra Leone offers students and faculty the opportunity to participate in research projects and cultural exchange through long or short term courses related to nternational development, agricultural development, agribusiness, as well as global health and nutrition.

Discover opportunities in Sierra Leone

Agribusiness Policy & Leadership in Washington D.C.

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Students enrolled in Agriculture Policy and Leadership (ACE 291) will travel to Washington D.C. over spring break to experience policy creation first-hand. Before the trip students will spend classroom time learning about current policy issues impacting agriculture and the rulemaking process that shapes those policies. This class is offered every other year.

Read more about Agriculture Policy and Leadership 

Farm, Food, and Environmental Policy in California

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Farm, Food, and Environmental Policy (ACE 292) is available every other year and offers students the opportunity to travel to California over spring break to explore the breadth and complexity of agriculture systems in the Golden State. The goal of the course is to demonstrate how agricultural policy issues can vary greatly depending on region.

Learn more about Farm, Food, and Environmental Policy