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Small Business Development in Brazil -- Winter Break 2013

Students from ACE in Brazil Led by ACE faculty member Nick Paulson, this 12-day trip from January 1-12, 2013, took ACE students who are interested in business planning and participate actively in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) University of Illinois chapter on campus. The trip focuesd on the Parana region of Brazil, an area rich in agricultural history.  Students will see an international port, visit with a soybean breeding company, an agricultural research company, a coffee farm, a grain elevator, agricultural cooperative, paper packaging company, and wind farm.

Read their blog about their experiences:

International Business Immersion Program

IBIP in 2012 This two-week immersion to a country, now in its 12th year, puts students in the shoes of a global executive as they walk through a marketing channel from Illinois farm to fork in a country of study, 2014 focusing on China.  Three components comprise the IBIP experience:  a preparatory course during Spring semester which grounds students in key business, economic, political and institutional dimensions of the focus country; a 14-day immersion tour allowing students to view and understand the issues they've studied; and a public on-campus presentation and video screening of the group's research findings during the fall semester. Follow the IBIP Blog at:

Sierra Leone -- Semester Abroad and Winter Break 2014

Students and faculty in Sierra Leone Desire a UNIQUE experience, Academic Credit AND an International Internship opportunity at all once? DO IDAP!

The University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Study Abroad Program with Njala University in Sierra Leone offers hands-on experiences with international development practice and authentic engagement with a vibrant West African culture.

What’s IDAP?  It’s the International Development and Agribusiness Program (IDAP) which offers

  • pre-articulated coursework focusing on agribusiness management and international trade and development
  • with service learning experiences and collaboration with Njala students
  • PLUS a fulltime INTERNSHIP with a commercial agribusiness, an agribusiness-related NGO, or a farmer cooperative.

This semester abroad is suitable for students with interests in

  • Agribusiness
  • African Studies
  • Economics
  • Global Studies
  • International Business
  • Natural Resource Management.

WATCH A VIDEO with an overview of the program from the student perspective HERE.
For more information, contact Oliver Ferguson ( or Meredith Blumthal (

ACE 199 -- Food, Farm and Environmental Policy -- Spring Break

The Agricultural Policy and Leadership Program (ACE 199) will provide students with a well-rounded immersion in complex issues and constraints in linking food/wine production, business management, policy making and environment.  The class explores these linkates and relationships through the California agribusiness lens as well as through a variety of groups who have a divergent policy view.  Students enroll in an 8-week course during Spring semester, then tour the San Francisco bay area during spring break March 16-22, 2013.

Read a blog from the 2012 Trip which focused on agricultural policy in Washington, D.C.

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