The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) offers several domestic and international global immersion experiences in order to develop engaged global citizens within the fields of agricultural, human, and natural resource sciences.

Aligning with WSU’s strategic commitment, CAHNRS immersion programs allows students to apply specialized knowledge through local and global engagement that will improve the quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world.

This [experience] helped me to see what I have learned the past four years at WSU come to life and be put into action in the factory and company visits. I decided to go on the trip in order to gain a broader, more global view of the industry I will soon be a part of.

– Ariana Paynter, AMDT China Study Tour (2016)

As a student in agriculture, this industry is so unique because it is so diverse and varies by region. I know so much about agriculture in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, but my knowledge is so limited in agriculture in Europe or Ireland specifically. Gaining this knowledge and information in my classes really set me above because it made me a more diverse and open-minded person. It has opened me up to international agriculture and how different the practices are in other areas of the world.

– Randee Zerger, Academic Programs International – Scotland (2015)

International Study Abroad Programs

Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs: CAHNRS faculty-led study abroad programs are designed for WSU students by WSU CAHNRS faculty (and partnering colleges/institutes) all over the world within the fields of agricultural, human, and natural resource sciences. These programs are offered throughout the year and range from 10 days to a full semester in length. Courses are upper-division (300-400), major-specific, usually taught in English, and are led by WSU faculty members who specialize in the program’s subject of study. Some of our CAHNRS programs are ongoing year-to-year, while others are only offered periodically or one time.

Exchange Programs: Exchange programs are agreements between WSU and foreign institutions to host immersive courses directly from the partner institution, where students can get acquainted with the local culture and weekends and holidays are free to explore. The duration of these exchange programs typically last a semester or full year. While knowledge of a host language is useful, it is not usually required because most exchange courses are taught in English.

Where to Start

When choosing a program that fits your needs, schedule, and academic field, make sure to scan through the many Faculty-led study abroad and Exchange programs WSU has to offer CAHNRS students. Start the planning process early – do not wait until the last minute to choose your abroad program, begin the application process, or prepare for finances! The sooner the better!

Make sure to sign up for a Global Cougs 101 session, a 45-minute information session on the basics of studying abroad by WSU International Programs in Bryan Hall 105. You will also receive valuable tips on applying for study abroad programs, finding scholarships, using financial aid for study abroad and more!


For more information about CAHNRS global immersion experiences, please contact Caitlin Bletscher in Johnson Tower 615, CAHNRS Global Experience Coordinator, or Global Learning in Bryan Hall 105.

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