How beneficial are study abroad programs when pursuing a degree in food science?
I'm interested in studying abroad in college, but I would like to know how beneficial these programs are to food science. Is studying abroad more than once helpful too?
I believe spending time abroad especially if you can get some good long term volunteer experience, (that's not exploitative to you or the community) will give you great life experience and experience for your future career.
Hi Emma! This is a great question. College is all about experiences in and out of the classroom. Study abroad is absolutely relevant to a degree in food science. Food is a very cultural thing so it is beneficial to emerse yourself in a foreign culture to learn what food means to other people especially how it is purchased, prepared and consumed. As you progress in your classes you will learn that a lot of the food in our grocery stores and restaurants are heavily influenced from other cultures. When you graduate, there is a chance that you will apply for jobs at an international company who is looking for scientists with real world experience and cultural diversity. If your program does not offer a study abroad program, you should seek abroad opportunities in other departments and explore the food scene on your own.
While my answer is long after this was posted it may be beneficial to other readers. Any exposure to different food processes is a win in terms of developing your knowledge, skills, and credentials in the food sciences. The more operations and industry professionals you visit the merrier. This applies whether you are at home or abroad. What is most important is whether the processes and networking you'll be exposed to are relevant to your career interests. As long as your program and goals are aligned then it is a good idea. I wish I had done a study abroad! I would recommend a study aboard for a fall, winter, or spring semester so that you can reserve your summers for internships.
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Hi Emma! I agree with the previous response! I think the experience of being abroad will allow you to gain insights to other cultures and how they see, feel, and handle food, which are important things to consider when being a food scientist. I also think that being culturally aware and diverse will help you in the long run no matter where you eventually go in your career as every company/job wants people who have different experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Plus, travel and experience new things when you can, especially if your school has the opportunities available. at your fingertips. Good luck!
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Food and all of its sub topics are a global issue so studying abroad is a great compliment to your college studies. Studying abroad is one thing that I wish I would’ve done while I was in college so I encourage you to explore your options. Food, farming, nutrition, and food science - the opportunities are endless! Hope this helps
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The two downsides that I know of are that it can be expensive, and that you do have to be careful to make sure that you will be able to take the courses that you will need to graduate on time. (talk to your academic advisor about this, and plan out what courses you will be taking when, for the rest of your college career to ensure that you don't lose too much time.)
That being said, you will learn a lot, and will gain skills and a resume that will be very hard to beat. If you have the opportunity, reach for it with both hands, both for the personal and the professional benefits.
From a food science perspective, I also learned a lot about food safety and standards in other countries. Not sure what specifically interests you in food science, but I also learned to make a lot of food that I otherwise would have never heard of.
In short, studying abroad at least once is extremely beneficial and I highly recommend it. Best of luck!