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November-December 2021

Approaching Travel Course Deadlines:

Costa Rica Spring Break 2022

Soils, Crops and Natural Resources of Costa Rica

March 9 - 19, 2022

Program Directors: Amber Anderson, Lee Burras

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021


Pork, Port (Wine), and Cork: The Land and Livestock of Portugal

March 9 - 20, 2022

Program Directors: Jodi Sterle, Leonor Leandro, Matthew Wenger

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Brianna Gorham service learning in Uganda

Service Learning Trip to Uganda

March 10 - 21, 2022

Program Directors: Richard Schultz, Dorothy Masinde

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021


German Equestrian Program

May 15 - 27, 2022

Program Directors: Jill Paxton, Justin Chapman

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

UK Heritage

Heritage Livestock - United Kingdom

May 15 - 31, 2022

Program Directors: Jodi Sterle, Ben Drescher, Daniel Thomson

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021


Dean's Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program to Rome

May 15 - June 11, 2022

Program Directors: Carmen Bain, Sergio Lence, Ebby Luvaga, Shelley Taylor

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Creating a school garden service learning in Uganda

Creating a School Garden: Service Learning in Uganda (Summer, Semester Long)

May 30 - July 8, 2022

Program Directors: Gail Nonnecke, Richard Schultz, Tom Brumm, Dorothy Masinde, Julie Blanchong,
Kevin Duerfeldt

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021


Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe & Nutritious Food in France

June 5 - 18, 2022

Program Director: Kurt Rosentrater

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

MOU Signing with MAFRD Kosovo
Front (left to right): Minister Faton Peci and Ann Marie VanDerZanden
Back (left to right): David Acker, Artan Duraku, Albert Behrami and Curt Youngs

New Memorandum of Cooperation and Understanding with Kosovo

A memorandum of cooperation and understanding (MOU) was signed on September 20, 2021, promoting an academic exchange, cooperation and collaboration between Iowa State University and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development in Kosovo. The MOU was signed by Dr. Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Associate Provost for Academic Programs at Iowa State University and Mr. Faton Peci, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development in Kosovo. Minister Peci was invited to Iowa State University and his visit coordinated by the Global Programs office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Dr. Curtis Youngs, Professor of Animal Science and ME Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture at Iowa State University. Dr. Youngs has been collaborating with individuals from Kosovo since 2011, when he hosted a Borlaug Fellow from the University of Prishtina (Kosovo); he has continued the collaboration through various training, teaching and outreach opportunities at Iowa State and throughout Kosovo. Read More 

International students in CALSInternational Students in CALS, Fall 2021

Iowa State University provides programs and services to help international students and scholars achieve their goals and objectives. During the fall 2021 semester, there were 56 undergraduate and 139 graduate students from 49 different countries enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. According to the Office of the Registrar, a total of 2,532 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2021, comprising 8.2% of the total enrollment. 

More specific information on the international students in CALS can be found,

CSLR FundISU CampaignCenter for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods FundISU Campaign 

The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods invites you to help make a difference in the future of pre-school age children by investing in their growth and development through its CSRL Uganda Early Childhood Development FundISU campaign. Early Childhood Education is critical in the formative years of children for developing intellectual, social, and emotional skills. In Kamuli district of Uganda, early childhood education is provided through pre-schools that are linked to primary schools. Funding for early childhood in rural public schools is limited and is provided by resource-limited parents resulting in inadequate facilities, materials and supplies, and staff, which is not conducive to growth and learning for this age group.

The project goal is $30,000 with a generous donor match on the first $12,500 contributed. The campaign will end on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Study USA Domestic Travel Course

Mississippi DeltaStudy USA: Agriculture and History of the Mississippi Delta is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional domestic travel course opportunity offered in partnership between Iowa State University and Langston University. Students from both institutions will have the opportunity to enroll in a 16-week course in the Spring 2022 semester that explores the past, the present, and the future of the Mississippi Delta, and the opportunity to travel to and participate in service-learning experiences in the Delta during Spring Break. The course will be taught by faculty from both Iowa State University and Langston University, who research and teach in their respective fields of Animal Sciences and the Humanities. All majors are encouraged to apply.

On the trip, participants will explore the Delta’s complementing and conflicting facets of natural resource management, modern agribusiness, local fresh-food initiatives, and high-tech manufacturing. Most importantly, Dockery Farmstudents will be making a positive difference in the lives of others by completing a range of service-learning projects with youth development programs, conservation groups, locally grown food initiatives, and health education organizations. Program information and application link

Travel Dates: March 12 - 20, 2022

Faculty Leader: Gail Carpenter,

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Etori Soares Veronezi and Luiz Felipe Cruz Silva FortesUniversidade de São Paulo students prosper through CALS internship opportunity

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agronomy is hosting undergraduate student interns for a 4-month program at Iowa State University. Etori Soares Veronezi and Luiz Felipe Cruz Silva Fortes are visiting from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in Brazil with studies in agronomic engineering under the guidance of Dr. Sotirios Archontoulis, Associate Professor. Both interns are part of the Agriculture Experimentation Group (GEA) program at their home university and it is through this program that they connected with Caio dos Santos, PhD student in Dr. Archontoulis’s lab. Through this connection, the student interns were invited to partake in a hands-on internship program at Iowa State University. With a background in agriculture, both Etori and Luiz Felipe were excited to learn about agriculture in Iowa and have the opportunity to compare and contrast soil types, crop development and data collection and analysis. Read More

New CyStart Procedures for Very Short-Term International Visitors

International Students and Scholars Office request that you take the following steps in CyStart for your short-term international visitors who are exempt from the ISU Visiting Scholar Policy* and who do not need UIDs, ISU ID cards, or SSHIP coverage:

  • Add the person to Cystart (if they have not previously been at ISU)
  • Give them access to complete the Other Visiting Scholar/Employee e-form

This will help ISSO keep better track of all international visitors on campus for statistical purposes and in case an emergency situation arises.

*For a list of visitors exempt from the ISU Visiting Scholar Policy please see the “Exclusions” section of the Visiting Scholar Policy here:

New English Proficiency Verification Option for International Visitors

As most of you are aware, anyone coming to ISU as a J-1 exchange visitor, whether as a “visiting scholar” or an international employee, is required by the US Department of State to provide objective documentation of their English proficiency.  Existing options for programs at ISU have, since Jan 2021, included:

  • English3 Interview Results (within the last 2 years, minimum 3.0)
  • TOEFL iBT Score Report (within the last 2 years, minimum 40)
  • IELTS Test Results (within the last 2 years, minimum 5.0)
  • Proof of degree completion from a school where the language of instruction was English
  • English is the only official language of the scholar’s country of citizenship (some e-forms have shown this option as “English is the scholar’s native language”)

International Students and Scholars Office has now added the option of providing a Duolingo English Test result. Learn More

Calendar of Events:

November 1: Application Deadline: Soils, Crops and Natural Resources of Costa Rica

November 1: Application Deadline: Service Learning Trip to Uganda (Spring Break)

November 1: Application Deadline: German Equestrian Program

November 1: Application Deadline: Dean's Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program to Rome

November 1: Application Deadline: Heritage Livestock - United Kingdom

November 1: Application Deadline: Pork, Port (Wine), and Cork: The Land and Livestock of Portugal

November 1: Application Deadline: Study USA: Agriculture and History of the Mississippi Delta

November 1: Peace Corps Prep Program, Fall 2021 Meeting

November 30: Application Deadline: Creating a School Garden: Service Learning in Uganda (Summer, Semester Long)

November 30: Application Deadline: Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe & Nutritious Food in France