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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Dalian, China; Dandong, China; Nanchang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Wang, Tong, Xin, Hongwei, Yu, Chenxu
Language of Instruction: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: ABE 496, FSHN 496 A, FSHN 590
Program Type: Direct
Program Description:
Food Production and Processing in China

Program will most likely be offered for travel in May 2018.  
(Application deadline would be around December 2017/January 2018).


Program Description:
The objective of this course is to obtain first-hand knowledge on and exposure to food production systems (for both plant and animal products), food processing, food safety regulation/inspection, and by-products handling practices in China. To foster a well-defined learning experience and outcome, we will help the students develop specific topics to explore before and during the trip, and the students will report/reflect on these topics upon return. Students will be exposed to college learning environment in China by pairing up with the Chinese students having similar background and interests. 

We will visit two major cities/regions in China to achieve specific expected learning outcomes: 1) the coastal city of Dalian and Dalian Polytechnic University, where we will learn about commercial aquaculture practices; 2) the capital city of Beijing, where we will be engaged with scientists at various institutions of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (USDA-ARS equivalent) and China Agriculture University. There will be various sightseeing and culture tours along the way! 

A spring 2017 class will be offered in March and April for a total of 15 hrs to discuss specific learning outcomes, Chinese culture, the city and history specific to the regions. This study abroad program is open to all students but may be of most interest to students in Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Global Resource Systems, Animal Science, Agronomy, and Horticulture. 

The Great Wall

Course Information:  Spring Semester 2017 on campus pre-departure orientation; Summer 2017: 3 credits of either ABE 496 or FSHN 496A or FSHN 590A.

Program Prerequisites:
Suitable for upper level undergraduate students in CALS, and open to all ISU students. 2.5 GPA minimum for undergraduates, 3.0 of higher for graduate students

Group Leaders:
Dr. Tong Wang , Dr. Chenxu Yu , Hongwei Xin ?

Dandong View
Program Costs:
Program Fee: Approximately $3854.15 - includes airfare, lodging, several meals, in-country transportation, entrance fees, China visa.

Out of Pocket: $105 study abroad admin fee charged by 3224 MU; $200 for meals on own, $300 for incidentals/spending money; $135 for a passport if you do not have one; "unknown" cost for vaccinations for travel (depends on your health insurance coverage. ISU tuition and fees for 3 credits of ABE 496 or FSHN 496/590. Tuition ranges from $858 for ugrads to $1398 for grads, fees are around $230.

ISU Summer Tuition and Fees: There will be a CALS tuition scholarship available for Summer Tuition for CALS students, but not Fees, you will still need to pay fees.

If you are a first time traveler in CALS, contact Mr. Jodi Cornell or Visha Arumugam, to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.

For CALS students there are scholarships available to apply for through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall, scholarship application due March 1)

Gingsen Production
Tentative Itinerary:
Flying into Dalian - one week on Dalian Polytechnic University campus:
Various activities, including aquaculture on Yalu River; industrialized mushroom production using corn cobs, Chinese herb/medicine and food supplement processing (Guongti pharm) – new food platform, Gingsen production and processing (liquored) at Tianqiao Gou, sightseeing and and the Korea war site. Paired with local students, site visit to Aquaculture production facilities and various study and discussion sessions with local  students and faculty.

Flying to Beijing - one week on China Agriculture University campus:
Site visits at CAAS (=USDA-ARS) research institutes on safety and processing (Institute of quality Standard and Testing Technology for Agro Products, Institute of Agro-food Science and Technology, Institute of Feed Research), ag production demostration farms, DQY laying, egg utilization/processing and waste management and energy production farms; China Ag Univ research labs visit; Great wall and Forbidden City sightseeing tours. 


Vegetable Production

The Forbidden City

This program is currently not accepting applications.