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ACES in Brazil: A Professional and Cultural Immersion in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

Maria Cattai de Godoy, mgodoy2@illinois.edu

Credit

ANSC 398, 3 credits, Spring Semester

Program Highlights

This is a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) at Curitiba. Participants will engage with professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students at UFPR and will emerge in an intensive hands-on experience through interactive rotation activities at the veterinary hospital, wildlife avian conservation sanctuary/ farm, companion animal research center, and center of integrated studies in aquaculture and environmental sciences.  

This course will provide a unique opportunity for UIUC undergraduate students participate in a life-changing experience that will encompass a series of activities that will challenge and empower them, broadening their academic and technical skills, with intercultural, personal and social benefits that will have a sustained impact in the students’ professional and personal development.

Apply for this program - February 15th Deadline

ACES/Engineering in China: Research and Cultural Immersion Program

Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

Xinlei Wang, xwang2@illinois.edu

Credit

ACES 293; FSHN 293; ABE 397; TSM 295- 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.

Example research projects from past participants include, but are not limited to:

  • The Relationship Between Land Use and Water Quality in the Huzhou Region of the Lake Taihu Drainage Basin
  • Methods and Effects of Bio-Gas Upgrading on Energy Production and Quality
  • Solving Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Financing Issue in China -Taking Zhejiang Province as an Example
  • The Influence of Potassium Permanganate on the Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Bamboo-Char-PLA composites
  • The Optimal Level of KMnO4 and Time of Hydrothermal Carbonization to Produce Hydrochar from Bamboo
  • Characteristics of pectinase treated with ultrasound both during and after the immobilization process
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Hyperspectroscopy and Imaging Technology in Agriculture Production and the Application of Big Data Processing and Internet of Things
  • Microalgae Research
  • Hydraulic Hybrid Technology in Vehicles
  • Solar Assisted Multi-Functional Heat Pump
  • An efficient refrigeration system with CAES (Compressed Air Energy Storage)
  • Improved beta-carotene production through increasing lipid contents in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Betaine decreases the level of cholesterol in BRL3A

Apply for this program - February 15th Deadline

ACES in New Zealand: Wildlife Care and Conservation

Summer Break

 

Faculty/Staff Contacts

Ali Freter, freter1@illinois.edu 

Credit

ANSC 398, 2 credits, Spring Semester

Program Highlights

Take part in a two week faculty-led trip to Massey University in New Zealand. Program participants will have the opportunity to connect with academic staff, tutors and students at Massey University and will gain an appreciation of the wildlife conservation approaches set up and led by Massey University, and New Zealand nature and culture in general. Held on Massey’s Manawatu Campus in Palmerston North, participants will stay in dorms and have a chance to experience campus life at Massey University. The key focuses of the program is to experience New Zealand wildlife and their unique conservation challenges through a series of faculty lectures, interactive observations and rotations at Wildbase Hospital (a wildlife hospital), Pathology, and Wildbase Recovery, introduction to groundbreaking conservation projects, and field trips with guided tours to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, predator free Kapiti Island, Tongariro National Park, Auckland Zoo, and the Zealandia Eco sanctuary.  By the end of the trip, participants will gain an appreciation for wildlife care and conservation in the field and in a veterinary hospital setting. 

Apply for this program - February 1st Deadline

ACES/ENG in Puerto Rico: Global Service Learning Disaster Relief Projects- Hurricane Maria

Summer Break & Winter 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.

Apply for this program - December 6th Deadline

ACES South Africa: Wildlife Discovery

Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

Alfred Roca, roca@illinois.edu

Credit

ANSC 499 - 2 credits & ANSC 398 - 1 credit

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.

Apply for this program - December 4th Deadline

 

ACES in Sweden & Svalbard: Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

Summer Break

 

Faculty/Staff Contacts

Richard Brazee, brazee@illinois.edu & Ann Reisner, reisnera@illinois.edu

Credit

NRES 285 (2 credits) and NRES 293 (2 credits), Spring Semester

Program Highlights

This course focuses on the increasing international interest in the arctic in the wake of the global climate change and growing international demand for minerals and energy resources, which is having profound effects across the circumpolar North. The course also examines how the harsh arctic desert climate has shaped arctic communities, and how arctic communities have impacted portions of the arctic environment. Students will develop skills to rigorously analyze arctic problems.   Students will spend the first two weeks in Stockholm and then the final week in Svalbard conducting field research. 

Apply for this program - February 15th Deadline

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.  

Apply for this program - December 2nd Deadline

ACES in the Bahamas: Coral Reef Field Course

Winter Break

 
Faculty Contact

Jocelyn Curtis-Quick, jcq@illinois.edu

Credit

NRES 285 - 2 credits, Fall Semester

Program Summary

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse systems on earth yet are declining at an alarming rate. The reefs of the Caribbean are no exception. This course includes a one week overseas residential field course based in Andros Island in The Bahamas. This course will give students the opportunity to gain practice skills to assess reefs and connecting habitats in conjunction with studies of how humans are impacting fish behaviour and/or distribution.

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ACES in Bolivia: Hands-on Service Learning

Winter Break 

 
Faculty Contact

Ali Freter, freter1@illinois.edu

Credit

ACES 298 - 3 credits, Fall Semester 

Program Summary

This program partners with Amizade, a fair trade learning organization, and will focus on urban and rural agriculture, food security, indigenous rights, and sustainability. Students will have the opportunity to support a local organization by assisting with the construction of urban gardens or greenhouses, which will be used as models for broad-based community education initiatives that participants will develop alongside community members. Additionally, students will connect with local university agriculture programs for educational workshops. Last, but certainly not least, participants will spend several days experiencing the beauty of Bolivia's cities, markets, national parks, and rainforests!

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ACES in Ecuador: Chocolate Food Systems

Winter Break

 
Faculty Contacts

Nicki Engeseth, engeseth@illinois.edu & Juan Andrade, jandrade@illinois.edu
 

Credits

FSHN 398 - 3 credits, Fall Semester (full semester) OR FSHN 398 - 1 credit, Fall Semester (2nd 8-weeks)

Program Summary

This ten-day program offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of current issues of the cacao food system as well as the wonders of chocolate making in Ecuador. Through lectures and visits, students will contrast the production of cacao in Ecuador from the perspectives of small and large enterprises. Students will tour some of the ecosystems in which cacao is produced. As an added bonus, You will taste one of the best chocolates in the World!

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ACES in Guatemala: VIDA Pre-Vet Study Tour

Winter Break

 
Faculty Contact

Maria Cattai de Godoy, mgodoy2@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 Panama: Discovering Agricultural & Environmental Systems

Winter Break - FIrst-Year Experience Program

 
Faculty Contact

Gary Ochs, garyochs@illinois.edu 

Credit

ACES 298, 3 credits, Fall Semester

Program Summary

This program partners with Explorations by Thor. Students will experience large and small scale agriculture through tours of farms, such as goat/sheep, sugarcane, coffee, citrus, and rice, as well as being exposed to environmental and economic concerns. Through these tours of farms and Panama City, students will learn about the agrarian practices, customs, cultures, and history of Panama, and see why Panama is such an important piece of American agriculture.

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ACES in Sierra Leone: History, Culture, and Development

Winter Break

 

Faculty/Staff Contacts

Prof. Paul McNamara, mcnamar1@illinois.edu

Credit

ACE 499 - 3 credits

Program Highlights

When in country, the group will broaden their understandings of history, culture, and development of Sierra Leone and West Africa through participation in a collaborative development project with Njala students or a local Non Governmental Organization. Illinois students will partner with our local counterparts, working together in teams to meet a simple but real project goal and may present their work to the Njala community. Students gain skills and an introductory experience in international development.  The project serves as a vehicle for understanding on-the-ground development challenges and initiatives that address real-world problems for Sierra Leoneans. 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 Spain: A Focus on the Mediterranean Lifestyle

Winter Break

 
Faculty Contact

Toni Burkhalter, burkhalt@illinois.edu

Credit

FSHN 199 - 1 credits, Fall 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 Spain with guided experiential learning for 7 days during the UIUC Spring Break (Saturday through Saturday). 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 South Africa: Children and Families Service Learning

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 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/BUS in India: International Business Immersion Program (IBIP)

Spring Break

 

Faculty Contact

Dr. Robert Hauser, Emeritis Professor, r-hauser@illinois.edu 

Credit

ACE/BADM 436 - 4 credits, Spring 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 India!

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