Global Sustainability Option

*Please note, all travel is pending international travel safety guidelines and local conditions. If travel is not allowed in fall of 2022, alternative arrangements will be made for Iowa-based students and nationwide students would be responsible for determining alternative experiential learning sites.


Do you have a passion to learn about new cultures? Have you always wanted to learn more about how to practice global nutrition? Our international community nutrition rotation in rural Ghana allows students to focus on policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to improve community health while the student concurrently completes their degree requirements in the online Master in Professional Practice program.  Activities will include a combination of opportunities based on ongoing projects at the Nutrition Research and Training Centre in Asesewa, Ghana, West Africa.


  • Community assessment (policy and environmental scan, livelihood assessment, qualitative and quantitative research methods) with respect to three main target areas:
    • child nutrition
    • maternal nutrition, and/or
    • non-communicable diseases
  • Elementary and secondary school nutrition education
  • Exposure to community-based primary care, district hospital and regional hospital

Travel Dates: October 1-30, 2022 (experiential learning will occur October 3-28)

Application Requirements:  Ghana Essay

Program Fee: $3150 (this includes local transportation, hostel accommodations and dorm style living with University of Ghana student, one authentic meal daily, on-site preceptor, and translation services as needed)

Additional details, such as pre-departure requirements are pending.

For more information about the Ghana Study Abroad, contact Erin Bergquist:



Visit Versailles, Notre Dame, Louvre, and learn about French culture and cuisine and obtain different perspectives in terms of diet, food production, food preparation, food consumption, and the major role of food in French culture in the “Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe, & Nutritious Food in France” study abroad trip.

If you wish to complete 100 hours of your food systems management experiential learning in Paris and surrounding regions of France,

  • Complete and submit the France Essay
  • Selection criteria will include a review of your essay and an interview to determine your suitability for the study abroad experience.
  • MPP students will be traveling with other ISU study abroad students; including a combination of Junior and Senior undergraduates as well as graduate students.


  • MPP students will be paired with other ISU study abroad students to learn about the issues surrounding the development of sustainable systems to produce food.
  • Students will
    • Visit a dairy farm, vineyard, traditional bread bakery, cheese maker, chocolate maker, local farmers’ market wine museum and several significant cultural sites.
    • Study the processing of raw commodities into food products and their subsequent sale.
    • Obtain different perspectives in terms of diet, food production and the major role of food in French culture.
  • A 15-week departure course will be held one evening each week for three hours in the Spring 2022 semester. 

Travel itinerary

  • Day 1 Departure from Ames to Paris
  • Day 2 Arrival in Paris – Discovery of the city, metro system, Eiffel Tower
  • Day 3 Dairy farm visit – all day; evening reflection discussion with students
  • Day 4 Vineyard visit – all day; evening reflection discussion with students
  • Day 5 Visit traditional bread bakery and cheese maker – evening reflection discussion with students
  • Day 6 Versailles-all day
  • Day 7 Musée du Louvre – all day; Jardin Tuileries; evening cruise on River Seine
  • Day 8 Notre Dame; Saint Chapelle; Place de la Concorde; Basilique du Sacre Couer du Montemarte; Montemarte district
  • Day 9 Free day to explore the city; shopping
  • Day 10 Palais Garnier; Basilica St. Denis
  • Day 11 Visit chocolate maker; Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés; evening reflection with students
  • Day 12 Musée du Vin; farmers market
  • Day 13 Perfume Museum; Arc de Triomphe; Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Day 14 Return to Ames

Additional costs

In addition to the MPP Tuition and Fees, the following expenses also apply:

  • France Fee: $4860 (includes airfare, lodging, some meals, transportation, entrance fees and program coordination)
  • International insurance: $1.31 per day (mandatory international health and emergency insurance coverage; total cost will vary based on number of days abroad and $20 is used as a budgeting estimate)
  • Out of pocket expenses: $210 for meals, $200 for incidentals, $135 for a passport if you do not have one
  • International scholarships are available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad.

ISU Study Abroad

For general information about study abroad, visit ISU College of Human Sciences International Programs or ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad.


Questions about the France Study Abroad trip should be directed to Dr. Kurt Rosentrater (