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After 2-Year Hiatus, Ag Sciences College Resumes Study Abroad
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 08/04/2022

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences once again are taking advantage of study abroad opportunities. In the spring semester, students visited countries around the world, including Spain, Ireland, Germany and Kenya.

"Global engagement is essential for strengthening interpersonal skills and broadening global perspective," said Ketja Lingenfelter, assistant director for student global engagement in the college. "Students are excited to study abroad again, and the college and Ag Sciences Global appreciate the faculty leaders. Their efforts to provide rigorous courses with international immersion allows students to discover facets of potential careers on a global level."

Matthew Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging, led "Agricultural and Extension Education 499: Global Perspectives for Intergenerational Living and Learning: Spain." In the spring semester and Maymester, students were introduced to intergenerational studies, meeting with intergenerational specialists who are doing innovative work in Spain.

Students engaged in site visits to programs designed to enrich lives, contribute to community quality of life, promote cultural continuity and strengthen families. During their time abroad, they visited cultural centers and attended events in the Extremadura and Andalusia autonomous communities.

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