Switzerland: Mountain Agriculture

CFAN 3503

May 22 - June 3, 2018

Application Deadline:

March 1, 2018

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Switzerland: Mountain Agriculture


Enjoy peaceful, prosperous Switzerland and it's splendid mountain vistas, charming historic cities and tranquil farms. Explore Swiss agriculture and culture through intercultural learning opportunities including a homestay with a farming family near the Alps. As you travel around the country and spend time at the Agricultural College of Plantahof in Landquart, you will study different types of agricultural operations including animal farms, orchards, vineyards and vegetable production sites in valleys and mountains. You also will visit cooperatives, tour a cheese factory and meet with local farmers. Having few mineral resources but a highly skilled labor force, the Swiss are experts at using raw materials to make a variety of value-added products, such as the watches, chocolate and cheese for which the country is famous. You will gain an understanding of how history, culture, and tradition have played an important and inseparable role in shaping agricultural practices and food production in modern Switzerland.

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    CFAN 3503 - 3.0 credits

    This is an embedded course with 6 on-campus classes that begin the week after spring break prior to departure. Students must both complete the study abroad application and register for this course. 

    *Fulfills the Experiential Learning Experience requirement.

    *Fulfills Global Perspectives Liberal Education Theme 

    Class Schedule:

    March 20 – April 24, 2018

    Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

    135B Ruttan Hall

    * For more detailed information, see the program syllabus. (Coming soon!)


    Students interested in sustainability, food systems, international agriculture.


    First Step Sessions give basic information about programs, services, and resources available through the Learning Abroad Center. You do not have to reserve your spot, just show up to 230 Heller Hall, West Bank. You can also complete the First Step Session online

    Please note: Because we cover so much information in a short period of time, if you are more than 5 minutes late you will have to attend a different First Step Session.



    The program fee is $5200 and includes tuition and registration fees, orientation, program administration, international health insurance, airfare, in-country transportation, lodging, excursions, and most meals. 

    In the event that you are not a full time student or are a non-University of Minnesota student, you will also be charged for tuition. The cost of this program will be considered as part of your spring semester cost of attendance for financial aid calculations. 

    You are eligible to apply for May term grants or scholarships for this program. Note that in most cases the award will not be posted to your student account until after the program fee is due.

    Grants and Scholarships at CFANS


    Maggie Wallenta, CFANS Education Abroad Program Director, Hans-Peter Brandenburger, and Agroverde Bergdietikon.

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