OSU: Exploring World Agriculture

Program Administrator: 
Multiple Countries
Host Institution: 

This is a College of Agricultural Sciences short-term faculty-led study abroad program that takes place in a different country and location each year. 


For Summer 2014, the program will take place in Italy (Abruzzo and Umbria regions)

Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students

to be added.

Participants must be in good academic standing.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Contact: 
Program Details: 

During Summer 2014, the College of Agricultural Sciences will lead a group of students on an Agri-Trekking Educational Tour of Italy, examining sustainable agriculture, food systems, and natural resources. 

The program dates are Sept. 2-16, 2014. Participants will earn 2 credits.

Participants will experience the land and culture of the Apennine Mountains of Italy.  The group will travel by foot, by train and by local buses to interact directly with this breathtaking landscape, visiting local agricultural and historical sites normally inaccessible to foreign travelers.  Some days will invovle substantial walking segments.  The group will learn about and taste many food products unique to Italy, including products produced with methods that reduce waste and energy consumption. 

Planned activities may include: growing local vegetables and herbs, milking, feeding and sheering of sheep, cheese making, making of fresh pasta, production of olive oil and fruit marmalade, tending of vinyards, energy self-sufficiency and waste re-use on a solar energy based farm, production of Umbrian truffles, melon and sausage, visits to historic castles and monasteries built in medieval times.

Group lodging will be in various agritourism sites that are similar to a hostel or basic bed and breakfast.

Program Costs: 

The estimated cost of this program includes:

Program fee: $2,200 (This includes lodging, meals, local transportation and admission fees.)

International Airfare: $1,400 to Rome, Italy. 

Passport: $135

IDEA online application: $50

Study Abroad Accident and Sickness Insurance: $54

Miscellaneous Expenses: $200

Academic emphasis: 
Ag. Business Mgt
Agricultural Sciences
Animal Sciences
Bioresource Res.
Crop & Soil Science
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
Fisheries & Wildlife
Food Sci. & Tech.
Natural Resources
Rangeland Sciences

OSU: Honors - Building Homes and Hope (Portugal)

Program Administrator: 
College/Departmental Program (OSU)
Multiple Countries
Host Institution: 

Habitat for Humanity


Braga, Portugal

Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
  1. University Honors College students in good standing
  2. Prerequisite: at least one Fall, Winter or Spring term International Service Learning colloquium
  3. Non-UHC student with 3.25 cumulative gpa
Program Details: 

June 28 – July 11, 2014 (The group will meet in Porto, Portugal on Sun., Jun. 29.)

14 Days (13 in-country)

2 credits with a 3rd credit option for extra work related to thesis research.

OUHC 488 Building Homes & Hope: Field Study Experience in Portugal focuses on experience and reflection.  Through hands-on work in-country incorporating over 80 hours of home-building and learning about how Habitat for Humanity adapts its processes to meet local community concerns and needs, students will be able to apply their learning while evaluating service efforts on the community of Braga, Portugal. 

The program is led by Dr. Dave Kovac, kovacd@onid.oregonstate.edu, faculty member of University Honors College, Physical Activity Course (PAC) Program, and College Student Services Administration .  All questions should be directed to Dr. Kovac.  

This course series is designed to engage students in exploring the impact, perspectives, challenges, and complexities  of international non-profit  and service work, paying particular attention to the affects of sub-standard  housing in Portugal, the destination of our Summer Field Study Experience tentatively scheduled for June 28-July 11, 2014. (Participants will rendezvous in Porto, Portugal on Jun. 29)

Throughout the series, students will explore the individual, group, and social motivations, processes, and goals of international non-profit  and service work. We will examine successful and sustainable models of international non-profit  work, and learn from not-so-successful efforts of well-intentioned  projects.

The three colloquia in the series are distinct courses standing independently, but are held together by a common thread of service. The fall course focuses on cultural contexts and perspectives of international service work; the winter course will examine the impact of service work in light of Portugal's status and relationship with the European Union; and the spring course will highlight group development and team building for international service success. The course series is open to any student interested in learning about international service work. It is not limited to students participating in the Summer Field Experience. The courses satisfy UHC Colloquia requirements.

Overall, this series of colloquia aims to contribute  to a workable understanding of the complexities  of service/program  delivery in international communities via

interpretation of the cultural contexts and consequences of international service strategies, programs, and projects;

identifying and distinguishing the impact of service on individual, group, community, and societal structures; and

enhancing interpersonal, group, and team dynamics through the development of contributorship skills.

Students must take at least 1 of the colloquia listed below as a pre-requisite to the Summer Field Study Experience course in Portugal.

HC 299 Building Homes & Hope: International Service-Learning/Portugal I [Fall 2013]

This course will examine the notion of culture as a context for service work. We will also explore the individual, community, and worldwide need for shelter and associated benefits while looking more closely at conditions  in Portugal framing that need.

HC 299 Building Homes & Hope: International Service-Learning/Portugal II [Winter 2014]

The colloquium this term will focus on impact — social, personal, and educational. We will study the predicted affects of service on the community served as well as those students participating  in the summer project.

HC 299 Building Homes & Hope: International Service-Learning/Portugal III [Spring 2014]

The focus of the spring colloquium will be on group development through study of teambuilding and group dynamics while making travel preparations. We will ready the team for a short-term  immersion while studying how such an experience will impact our own learning, development, and effectiveness.

Our summer service trip to Braga, Portugal is the culminating experience in the International Service-Learning Series. The summer course will award 2 credits with a 3rd credit option for research work conducted  on the trip related to a student’s thesis.

OUHC 488 Building Homes & Hope: Field Study Experience/Portugal  [Summer 2014]

The Field Study focuses on experience and reflection. Through hands-on work in-country incorporating  over 80 hours of home-building  and learning about how

Habitat for Humanity adapts its processes to meet local community conditions and needs, students will be able to apply their learning while evaluating service efforts on the community of Braga, Portugal.

Program Costs: 

Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip fee:  $2,200

Covers program fees, accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, emergency medial/evacuation insurance, communications, translator, team materials, first aid supplies, and coordinating costs.  The break-out of these expenses are: Program Fee:  $800, Insurance/Contingency funds: $95, Accommodations: $395 (hotel with shared rooms), Meals:  $445, In-Country Transportation: $195, Cultural Activities: $80, Administration/Coordination: $190

Airfare: $1,500 (estimate)

Students are asked to rendezvous in our gateway city (Porto) on a certain date. They are free to extend their overseas experience before or after our program dates, use frequent flyer miles, etc.

OSU Summer Session tuition (2 credits)  $400 (estimate)

Personal Expenses  $160