Educational Study Tour 2015: People's Republic of China

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This course will expose OSU students to important issues facing global agriculture, with emphasis on China. In addition to the spring term course, students may choose to travel with CAS Faculty to China in August to gain first-hand experience and an additional 2 credits.

Spring Term

Thursdays 14:00-15:50

  • AREC 438 CRN 53558
  • ANS 438 CRN 53716
  • CROP 438 CRN 56745
  • HORT 438 CRN 53376

Study tour affiliated with OSU’s Exploring World Agriculture class. The draft itinerary includes visiting famous cultural sites in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai, briefings at key universities and research agencies, viewing important agricultural crops and the grasslands of northern and central eastern China, and discussing opportunities for additional exchange and degree programs with collaborators.

Proposed Dates: 2 weeks in early September, prior to 2015 fall term OSU; latest possible: August 30th departure, September 13th return (one week prior departure preferable: Aug 23rd -Sep 6th)

Please contact Paul Dorres for further information:

Paul R. Dorres
Director of Student Services
Academic Programs Office
210 Bexell Hall
Phone: 541-737-5655 
Fax:  541-737-2256

Educational Study Tour 2014:  AgriTrekking Italy

A walking tour of Italy was planned for September, coordinated by Dr. Molly Megraw from Botany and Plant Pathology. 

The 2014 Exploring World Agriculture Educational Tour in September will brought OSU students to Italy, in the regions of Abruzzo and Umbria, departing from and returning to Rome. The two-week tour led by Dr. Molly Megraw (Botany and Plant Pathology) included the following visits.

  • Raising of local vegetables and herbs unique to the Apennine Mountain region
  • Milking, feeding, and shearing of sheep
  • Cheese making of local sheep and goat cheese such as ricotta
  • Making of fresh pasta
  • Production of olive oil
  • Production of fruits from Abruzzo, and fruit products such as marmalade
  • Tending of vineyards
  • Energy self-sufficiency and waste re-use on a solar energy based farm
  • Production and tasting of products from Umbria: truffles, melon, sausage
  • Visit to historic castles and monasteries built in medieval times
  • Students may opt to stay on their own beyond the tour dates for historic sites in Rome

Map of Italy

"The experience was unforgettable and I hope to visit Italy again sometime within the next couple of years. It was more than I expected and gave me the opportunity to meet lots of great people and make a new group of friends."

Educational Study Tour 2012: Tour of Italy

Dr. Alan Bakalinsky and Dr. Giovanna Rosenlicht co-led an 18-day study tour of Italy  for a group of 17 undergraduates from the College of Agricultural Sciences including majors in Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, Ag & Business Management, Food Science, Botany, Recreation Resource Management, University Exploratory Studies, and Bioresource Research. The tour focused on sites of agricultural, historic and cultural importance in Veneto (northern Italy including Conegliano, Venice, Caorle), the island of Sardenia, and Rome. Agriculture-related visits included wineries, breweries, farms, dairies, processing facilities for cork, kiwi, mussels, coffee, prosciutto, bottarga (fish roe), vineyards for propagating plant material, a grappa distillery, and the FAO headquarters (UN Food and Agriculture Organization). Students also visited unforgettable sites in Rome: Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Vatican, Trastevere, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and got a taste of delicious Italian cuisine while relaxing together with their Italian hosts over lengthy meals.

2012 Tour of Italy

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Future Educational Study Tours:

  • Summer 2016: France
  • Summer 2017: Costa Rica
  • Summer 2018: Thailand
  • Fall 2018: Hawaii