About Us

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.

Experiencing Ghent, Belgium

Over the May Intersession, I studied sustainability in the food system within Belgium. This trip provided me with lectures and field trips from a diverse range of subject matter as well as the ability to experience the city's culture. Some of the lectures I attended...

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Paradise in Panama

For Spring Break this year, I had the opportunity to go the Panama for the Comparative Studies in Panamanian and U.S. Agricultural Practices course. When we landed in Panama City, I was very surprised by the level of urbanization in the city. I went to Belize last...

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Panama – Simply Life Changing!

Panama: an entire country that deserves a description nothing less than unique and breathtaking. Not only does it fill this description by the people, topography, culture, and eco system, but its also home to a world marvel. What is this marvel that captures the...

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Panama – Las Lajas Beach Resort & Sunset

Hello! This is Victoria! Our hotel in Las Lajas was on the beach and was absolutely beautiful. We spent two nights there, which were really great. The first night we ate dinner and then had free time in the pool. We played volleyball in the pool and had lots of fun...

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Trekking Australia – Justin Hamm

Hello, my name is Justin Hamm! I am Senior Animal Science student at UofA. I will start off by saying that this trip was an incredible adventure! I learned much more in two weeks than I expected about Australian wildlife and what it is like to raise livestock in...

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Puebla, Mexico Program

During my stay in Puebla, Mexico, there was one event in which I feel could sum up my whole experience studying abroad. I spent my last Friday in Puebla hiking the Malinche volcano with a few friends. There were many challenges as well as unforgettable moments during...

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Reflections from “Down Under”

Due to the wonderful opportunities presented during this trip, I increased my professional skills in the area of interpersonal communication. As the Teaching/Graduate Assistant for this course, I was challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally to put forth my...

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Coastal Caribbean Biology in Belize

Hey guys! My name is Meredith Hayden and I’m a senior Animal Science major with a Pre-Professional concentration and a minor in Agricultural Business. I recently came home from a May intercession in Belize! Throughout my time in Belize we studied different animal and...

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Italy’s Impact

By studying abroad in Florence, I succeeded in learning more about the world and about myself.

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Mozambique.

Chicken is a universal language. I am sure the people who I went to Mozambique with us over this past summer are tired of hearing that (sorry y'all!), but it is true. I questioned myself going into this trip about what I knew about chickens, and how would what little...

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