An educational experience outside the U.S. has become an integral component for today’s student in higher education. The ability to compete and perform in the global arena requires an understanding of world cultures, economic systems, religions, trends, governments and politics. Students in the Bumpers College are encouraged to engage in study abroad that will lead to life-long partnerships, cultural awareness and understanding of the global dimensions of their majors. The college years provide the best opportunity for students to gain this understanding and experience through faculty-led study tours; summer, semester or year-long study abroad; and international internships or research experiences which closely relate to their career goals.
The mission of the International Programs Office is to provide structured international experiences that enhance the marketability of students for career and academic opportunities through faculty driven, sustainable initiatives. The IPO serves to support faculty, students, international partners, and university leadership to increase opportunities for students to engage in faculty-led programs, internships, exchange programs, and study abroad activities that include research. The IPO articulates closely with the UA Study Abroad Office and seeks opportunities for students to engage in international career preparation and workforce ready development. The IPO provides $65,000 annually to support students and faculty. In 2016, 80 Bumpers College students studied abroad.
Graduate opportunities are available for study in agricultural economics, agribusiness and related subjects via the UA’s TransAtlantic Master of Science program at Ghent University, Belgium. Second language capability is helpful, but not required.
Bumpers students interested in a study abroad program or internships with full-time status usually can maintain their scholarships while abroad. Limited funding is available for travel grants through Bumpers and Honors colleges.