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ACES in Guatemala: VIDA Pre-Vet Study Tour

Winter Break

 
Faculty Contact

Laura Davis, lkdavis2@illinois.edu

Credit

ANSC 398 - 2 credits, Fall Semester

Program Summary

If you are a student seeking a hands-on, mind-enriching, service learning experience with animals, VIDA is the right program for you!

This is a high quality educational program for those who wish to gain clinical and practical experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine. The VIDA program focuses mainly on the sterilization of felines and canines in field clinics; however, participants will also gain experience in working with large animals. Volunteers who participate in our program will have an interactive and unique experience that can only be obtained with VIDA.

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ACES in Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation Management

Winter Break

 

Faculty Contact

Dr. Jeff Brawn:  jbrawn@illinois.edu

Credit

NRES 285 - 2 credits

Program Highlights

Wildtrax Explorations presents students with a hands-on experience in the conservation of natural and cultural resources across wilderness, rural, and urban regions of Tanzania. The diverse courses provide the foundation concerning the interface of ecology and wildlife management. Scientific principles and human dimensions are used to explain current strategies and techniques for managing natural and cultural resources.

Our curriculum focuses on how changes in land use and resource availability in Tanzanian ecosystems can be managed to assist local communities while conserving biodiversity. Experiencing the socio-political and ecological variables in Tanzania will yield an understanding of culture and life that is vital to successful conservation efforts.

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ACES in Costa Rica: Soil Diversity and Land Use

Spring Semester with Summer Trip

 
Faculty Contact

Kevin McSweeney, mcsween@illinois.edu

Credit

NRES 285 - 2 credits, Runs Next: Spring 2019

Program Highlights

This course is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to soil diversity and associated land use systems including their human dimensions across the humid, montane and drier regions of Costa Rica. You will be grouped in multicultural teams employing a peer-learning approach that combines local community knowledge and more formal professional expertise to better understand human dimensions of land management systems.

ACES in Sierra Leone

Winter Break

 

Faculty/Staff Contacts

Prof. Paul McNamara, mcnamar1@illinois.edu

Joe Miller, miller45@illinois.edu 

Credit

ACE 499 - 3 credits

Program Highlights

Broaden your understanding of the roles of governance, management, and policy through participation in a two week study abroad course in Sierra Leone. We will observe agricultural and forestry businesses and projects, speak with policy makers and development leaders, and learn from our local colleagues.  Prior to the short-course at Njala University, students will spend approximately one week traveling by bus in Sierra Leone to gain a first-hand experience in the challenges of policy and management at the agriculture and environment interface. We will conduct a service project in conjunction with a local development project and we will work with our colleagues from Njala University (several students and one professor) on this project.  ACES also offers a semester program in Sierra Leone with coursework, field research, and an internship centered on international development and/or global health.

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ACES in South Africa: Children and Families Service Learning

Summer Break or Winter Break

 

Faculty Contact

Jan Brooks, dickson@illinois.edu

Credit

HDFS 379 - 3 credits

Program Highlights

• Introduction to South African history, politics, and legacy of apartheid.
• Role of youth in liberation struggle.
• Post-apartheid society.
• Families and Children; educational policy, family dynamics
• Post-apartheid challenges: HIV/AIDS, poverty, crime

The trip to Cape Town will feature cultural/historical tours and 2 weeks of volunteer work. Volunteer work will focus on HIV/AIDS education, childcare, health care, and community projects in Cape Town and surrounding townships.

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ACES in Botswana: Communities & Wildlife Conservation

Summer Break

 
Faculty Contact

Robert Schooley, mschooley@illinois.edu

Credit
  • NRES 285- 2 credits
  • Spring Semester
Program Highlights

This three-week course, gives students the opportunity to gain valuable field experience while meeting and learning from many different researchers, NGOs, and wildlife managers. Students will be equiped with the ability to apply appropriate research techniques to field studies. Overviews of wildlife ecology, behavior, conservation and research theory are included in the course to provide preparation for interactions with wildlife, communities, and different cultures.

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ACES/BUS International Business Immersion Program (IBIP)

Winter Break

 

Faculty Contact

Jessa Barnard, jbecker2@illinois.edu

Credit

ACE/BADM 436 - 4 credits, Spring Semester & ACE 199 - 1 credit, Fall Semester

Program Highlights

The primary goal of IBIP is to prepare the next generation of globally literate entrepreneurial leaders to identify and respond to challenges associated with business operations in the global marketplace. The program destination alternates every year between China, Europe, and South America. Prepare yourself for a career in the global marketplace!

This year's location is Brazil!

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ACES South Africa Wildlife Discovery

Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

Alfred Roca, roca@illinois.edu

Credit

ANSC 398 - 2 credits

Spring Semester

Program Highlights

Study wildlife in South Africa, from the scientific setting to the natural environment! This trip is a small group led by a professional field guide, for a more personal and focused study tour. Highlights on previous tours have included: identification of leopards including mating pairs in the African bush, observing hierarchical system of feeding at a lion kill, discussion and field observation of elephant overpopulation effects on natural environments, and exclusive behind the scenes visits to Southern Africa's most successful wildlife rehabilitation center.

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ACES/Engineering in China: Research and Cultural Immersion Program

Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

Xinlei Wang, xwang2@illinois.edu

Credit

ABE 397- 3 credits

Program Highlights

Students will spend approximately 20 hours per week working in research labs and participating in an introductory Chinese Language and Culture Course. This course will introduce you to Chinese language and culture and will allow you the opportunity to conduct independent research at Zhejiang University. Students will also travel to industries in China related to the specific area of study, and visit cultural sites including West Lake in Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing.

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ACES Leadership Study in Italy

Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

David Rosch, dmrosch@illinois.edu

Credit

AGED 295

Program Highlights

This short, immersion trip to central Italy will emphasize "Leaders in Roman History", which focuses on how leadership decisions influence society and vice versa. We particularly focus on the Roman Empire, the Vatican, the times of Machiavelli in Florence, the Venetian Doges of the 15th and 16th Century, and the modern Euro state. Students will also get to experience tours of the Vatican, St. Peter's Square, Roman Coliseum, Ancient City, Tuscan winery, Florence, Venice, and many more!

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ACES in Ghana: Cultural Immersion & Community Life

Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

Christy Lleras, clleras@illinois.edu 

Credit

HDFS 379- 3 hours

Program Highlights

Students will spend three weeks exploring Ghana from the northernmost border to the coast. We will visit historical sites related to the Transatlantic Slave Trade, participate in cultural excursions, engage directly with community members, and experience the rich diversity of the country. Through this immersive experience, students will be exposed to the diversity of family and community life as we explore small, rural villages and major urban centers in Ghana.  In the course, we will explore established and emerging theories of identity development within extended families and learn how historical and contemporary Ghanaian society can provide insight into who we are today.

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ACES in Morocco: Culture & Agriculture

Winter Break

 
Faculty Contact

Dr. Mosbah Kushad: kushad@illinois.edu

Credit

HORT 298 - 2 credits, Fall Semester

Program Summary

The horticulture industry is increasingly international in scale and scope. This faculty-led study trip will provide experiential learning in Morocco to expose you to the similarities and differences of the international horticulture industry. Morocco is the cross-roads of civilization. It is the most diverse of any African country, culturally, ethnically and agriculturally, due to the Mediterranean climate. You will experience citrus, olives, and more. In addition, students will learn about the culture, both traditional and modern, of this diverse country. 

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ACES in Zimbabwe: Service Learning, Health Care, and Animal Rescue

Summer Break

 
Faculty Contact

Jan Brooks (HDFS):  dickson@illinois.edu
Crystal Allen (ANSC):  callen@illinois.edu

Credit

HDFS 379/ANSC 398 - 3 credits, Spring Semester

Program Summary

In this course, students will learn historical, social, and political constructs relating to community resources in health care, agriculture, and animal care in Zimbabwe. Visits will be included to Victoria Falls, national parks, private game reserve, sustainable eco-farms, and public healthcare facilities. Pre-vet/animal science students will assist at an animal rescue farm; pre-med/nursing/therapy students at a rural hospital and children’s rehab hospital.  

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ACES/ENG Global Service Learning Disaster Relief Projects: Hurricane Maria

Spring Break

 
Faculty Contact

Luis Rodriguez, lfr@illinois.edu

Credit

ABE 498 - 3 credits, Spring Semester

Program Summary

This course is a faculty led study tour to Puerto Rico designed to develop a pathway towards sustainable responses for disaster relief efforts. Students will investigate background cultural, political, and social factors that preceded recent events within Puerto Rico and will influence sustainability and viability of solutions. Prior to depature, training in the assessment of the viability of potential technological solutions responding to current challenges for the local societies after the disaster, and in the safety issues associated with entering potentially dangerous areas will occur in class. Students will work with local communities, aid organizations, and peer institutions in development of sustainable responses to recent events in Puerto Rico, then document their visit and their assessments providing a prioritized action plan for future sustainable development.

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ACES in Greece: A Focus on the Mediterranean Lifestyle

Summer Break

 
Faculty Contact

Toni Burkhalter, burkhalt@illinois.edu

Credit

FSHN 199 - 2 credits, Spring Semester

Program Summary

Study and learn about the Mediterranean lifestyle! Pre-departure, students would spend time investigating why the Mediterranean people are known for their health, then travel to Greece with guided experiential learning for 13 days in late May through early June. This course provides an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation for different lifestyle choices and the impact those choices have on health. Facilitated discussions focusing on the scientific method, epidemiology research, and lifestyle contributors to the prevention or development of chronic diseases will occur throughout the course. Students will gain an international perspective through a rich study abroad program with valuable experiences that students can draw from as they progress through their academic and professional path.

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ACES in Europe: International Perspectives on Commodity Risk Management

Summer Break

 
Faculty Contact

Michel Robe, mrobe@illinois.edu

Credit

ACE 398 - 2 credits, Spring Semester

Program Summary

The course aims to achieve, in the areas of agricultural finance and risk management, what the International Business Immersion Program (IBIP) does for international business management. Commodity trading takes place internationally. As a result, businesses are exposed to political risk as well as serious risks due to the volatility of both commodity prices and of foreign exchange rates. These risks are particularly severe in the case of companies operating in places (like, but not limited to, Western Europe) where commonly-used U.S. financial instruments are imperfect risk-reduction tools for local companies. This new course's goal is to teach students about the measurement and management of those risks, using a substantial amount of experiential learning. By visiting and interacting with prominent commodity market participants and with derivatives markets operators and regulators in Europe, and by attending a 3-day teaching and research seminar at the University of Paris-Dauphine (UPD) on hedging instruments and effectiveness, students will be prepared for careers in the global marketplace as experts who can help identify, quantify, and manage key risks that international food and other companies face.

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ACES in South Korea: Global Human and Environmental Health: Understanding the global market of U.S. grains and local food production in Korea

Summer Break

 
Faculty Contact

Dr. D.K. Lee, leedk@illinois.edu

Credit

HORT 298 - 3 credits, Spring Semester

Program Summary

The goal of this course is to provide students with an international experience, exploring the global market of U.S. grains produced from the Midwestern Corn-Belt compared with local food production in South Korea. The class will visit the international offices for U.S. grain marketing, grain importing facility, and retail stores in Korea. The class will also engage with experts at Seoul National University and farms and controlled greenhouses designed for intensively cultivated local foods in Korea.

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