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  • Locations: Atlanta, GA, United States; Montevideo, Uruguay; Punta del Este, Uruguay; Treinta y Tres, Uruguay;
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Academic Level(s): Graduate, Undergraduate Sponsor: University of Georgia
Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills Participant Selection: Competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Experiential, Independent Study, Lecture, Site Visits/Discussion, Study-Travel
Classes With: UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: CAES Academic Area: Agribusiness, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, Agriculture and Applied Economics, Agriscience and Environmental Systems, Animal and Dairy Science, Animal Nutrition, Animal Science
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 3
Maximum number of credit hours: 3 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Adventure Sport: None
Program Description:

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UGA-CAES: International Agribusiness in Diversified Livestock and Grain Production 

Spend your spring break in South America studying international agribusiness and environmental management. As you explore Uruguay, you will discover its agricultural practices, see the similarities and differences between production systems in the U.S. and learn how agribusinesses in other countries are able to be USDA certified. 

Students will take a class online (2 credit hours) throughout the spring semester that will give background information on Uruguay as well as on international markets and trade. During the trip portion of the program, (Spring Break, 1 credit hour) students will travel to Montevideo, Treinta y Tres, Punta del Este, and surrounding cities. Field trips will include visiting a pasture-based dairy, grain-finished beef operations, grass-fed/organic beef and lamb farms, grain farms, a rice mill, and a beef packing plant. Students will also have time to sightsee and relax at the beach. 

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • discover Uruguay's capital city Montevideo
  • visit beef and lamb operations that source organic and grass-fed products to major US food retailers
  • visit pasture-based dairies
  • gain a better understanding of international agribusiness
  • sightsee and relax at Punta del Este beach

By the end of this nine-day adventure, students will have a better understanding of pasture-based livestock production and how political and economic policies can interact to impact prices and international trade. This study abroad will be the spring break of a lifetime. 

Visit our website for more information, pictures, and reviews from students! 

Program Location

horse back uruguay 3Uruguay's low, rolling plains and rich history and culture make this an exciting destination for any college student. Students will travel to Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, as well as Treinta y Tres, Punta del Este, and surrounding cities. Montevideo is home to nearly half of Uruguay's population and is known as a vibrant, eclectic city with a rich cultural life. Students will enjoy the city's scenic waterfront, art, theatres and noteworthy cuisine. 

Contact Information

Dr. Alex Stelzleni, Program Director
Animal & Dairy Science Department
Phone: 706-583-0398

Academic Program

Uruguay group shot flagCourse Offerings
Spring Semester Course: Enroll before drop/add of the current spring semester 
AAEC 4990E (Online, 2 credit hours) 
This course provides an introduction to food production and economics in Uruguay as well as international markets and trade.
Spring Break Course: Enroll before drop/add of the current spring semester 
AAEC/ADSC 3911 (Study Abroad Lab, 1 credit hour)
This course is the lab portion of the study abroad program

2022 Tentative Program Itinerary

Friday, March 4 -Depart US: URUGUAY
Saturday, March 5 -Arrive in Montevideo. Orientation and Dinner 
Sunday, March 6 -Guided tour of Montevideo; free time to explore
Monday, March 7 - Visit Pasture-Based Dairy Operations 
- Visit INIA beef cattle production facilities
Tuesday, March 8  - Visit beef packing plant
 - Travel to Treinta y Tres
Wednesday, March 9 -Treinta y Tres
- Visit grass-fed beef operation, Cow-calf finishing system; integrated grain and livestock farm. 
Thursday, March 10 - Travel to Punta del Este
- Visit sheep and cattle operation
- Tour SAMAN (largest rice exporter in Uruguay) 
Friday, March 11 -Punta del Este
- Tour family-owned wine farm and cellar
- Visit "Sierra de los Caracoles" (grass-fed beef, grain production and wind-energy farm)
Saturday, March 12 -Explore Punta del Este
-Depart for ATL 
Sunday, March 13 -Arrive in ATL

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Over the course of this 9-day program, students and faculty stay in hotels located in Montevideo, Treinta y Tres, and Punta del Este. Accommodations are included in the program fee. Most meals are included in the program fee as well. 

Program Costs

Students will pay a program fee, in-state tuition and fees (3 credit hours), and their airfare.
Estimated Program Fee: $1,200
Tuition and Fees for 3 credits 
Airfare: $1,200 - $1,800

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Program Reviews:
Mallory Leanne Chafin, Spring Break 2019 Participant
The Uruguay spring break trip opened my eyes to international agriculture. It was an amazing opportunity and I learned a lot through the hands-on experiences.

William Hunter Jenkins, Spring Break 2017 Participant
"This trip was amazing. It was a perfect blend where you still learned a lot about the beef industry and got to see how they manage their cattle compared to the US, but you could still get that spring break feel of having a break from school. You learned a lot and worked hard, but you didn't feel like it because you were having such a good time. The staff answered all of our questions and the farms you visit are so welcoming and will show you everything they have to offer. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in studying abroad. 10 out of 10."

Spring Break 2016 Participant
The Uruguay study abroad program has been one of the highlights of my college career. Learning on a first hand basis of another country's agricultural system definitely gives perspective to the differences and similarities to agriculture on a world scale. It was an exciting and eye opening trip that was completely worth all of the time and efforts applied. Thanks to everyone who made this trip a possibility.

Lean into uncertainty and take advantage of this incredible opportunity. The unknown is scary. Traveling that far is scary. BUT this trip is beyond worth it. I would give anything to go back.
     — Ami Harrington, Spring Break 2019
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This program is currently not accepting applications.