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.

Austrian Recipes

Austrian Recipes

Austrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Scrambled Eggs Ingredients: 3 Eggs .5 Tablespoon Pumpkin Seed Oil 1 Teaspoon Butter 1 Teaspoon Milk Bread of choice Salt Pepper Directions: Heat pan on medium-low heat Melt butter in pan, turning the pan to cover the bottom Beat the eggs with...

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Austrian Food: Field to Meal

Austrian Food: Field to Meal

This past July I had the amazing opportunity to take part in a study abroad course about food in Graz, Austria. While I probably ate three times the normal amount of food each day of the program, there is nothing I regret about this program except that it was not long...

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England Adventures

England Adventures

One afternoon last fall, at my mentor's barbeque, I was talking about my summer plans to another professor, Dr. Clark.  I casually mentioned to him that I was looking at internships and that I thought it would be amazing if I could intern internationally but that it...

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Eswatini – Sugar Cane Growers Association

Eswatini – Sugar Cane Growers Association

My name is Hunter Swanigan and I am majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in International Economic Development. During the summer of 2019 I was able to travel to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and work for the Sugar Cane Growers Association. I chose this...

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Agricultural Communications in the UK

Agricultural Communications in the UK

By Jessica Wesson Studying abroad in the United Kingdom was a great way for me to start my international experience. I had never traveled outside of the United States before this trip, and it was easy for me to feel comfortable about getting out of the country. I love...

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My Italian Adventure

My Italian Adventure

If you had asked me a week ago if I liked trying new things, I probably would have said no. I am person who is very used to staying in my comfort zone. But this summer I got the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy and my mentality really shifted. I chose to...

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Food Sustainability in Belgium

Food Sustainability in Belgium

In the conclusion of my trip I am happy to say that I learned so much from my time spent in Belgium. Overall Belgium has implemented some incredible sustainability practices. One of my favorite things that they are working on in the near future is the optimization of...

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Experiencing Mexico

Experiencing Mexico

Colorful lights flashed erratically while the vibrant music on stage nearly blew my eardrums out as we made our way to the dance floor. Everyone’s feet moved in step to the beat, twirling around in synchronized professional movements. All participants knew exactly...

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Once in a Lifetime Opportunities, Happening Everyday

Once in a Lifetime Opportunities, Happening Everyday

Once in a Lifetime Opportunities, Happening Everyday My time abroad was nothing short of spectacular. London and Amsterdam proved lovely hosts, my courses were interesting and engaging, and I made friends I will have for years to come. While time passes so fast...

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