Study Abroad

Horticulture students have many opportunities to study abroad in their own or closely related discipline.   The Horticulture Department's own faculty-led study abroad information is below.  For other closely related discipline opportunities, visit the Education Abroad Horticulture Advising Page.   

HRT 475: International Studies in Horticulture (3 credits)

Horticulture in the Netherlands and the U.K.

Offered in early May on odd years.

Program application deadline: March 1

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Program Overview:

This is a faculty led two-week program (May 5, 2019 - May 19, 2019) to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, split between Amsterdam and London.  The program goal is to expose students to horticulture techniques and issues in this region of the world.  Topics will include modern horticulture technology in the Netherlands and the historic aspects of horticulture in the U.K.  The program will have classroom work in the prior Spring semester (after spring break) at a time that is convenient for all students.  This will allow us to limit the amount of classroom time while overseas and instead perform site visits daily.  

The itinerary includes site visits to the the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Kuekenhoff Bulb Gardens, producers of vegetable, fruit, and ornamental plant materials, Wagenhagen University, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, the Royal Botanical gardens of Kew, Chelsea Physic Gardens, and more. There will be free time in Amsterdam and London. 

Course Objectives:

After taking this experiential learning course, students will:

  • Gain historical and geographical knowledge of horticulture
  • Explain and describe the modern urban horticulture movement
  • Explain and describe the historical use of plants as medicines, poisons, textiles and compare and contrast to modern uses of plants
  • Be able to describe and explain modern sustainable plant production practices and compare and contrast those with traditional methods
  • Explain how the use of plants can improve the environment
  • Identify, describe, and explain modern horticulture issues and compare and contrast with historical ones
  • Identify and explain modern plant handling and distribution, including bio-safety concerns
  • Understand how modern research is performed for sustainable production and protection of plants 

Student Requirements:

  • HRT 203 and HRT 204 completed by time of travel (or instructor approval)
  • Minimum GPA 2.75
  • Excellent communication and written skills
  • An essay will be required as part of the application process
  • An interview may be required, depending on the number of applicantsKuekenhof

Program fee:

Varies based on year and enrollment.  In 2019, the fee is $2,350, which includes:

  • All housing (3-4 students per dorm/flat)
  • 2 group luncheons and 1 group dinner in London
  • All breakfasts in Amsterdam
  • All local public transport for free-time transportation
  • Transportation and entry fees into class-related venues 

Other costs:

In addition to the program fee, students will need to pay:

  • Tuition (3-credit class)
  • Airfare (~$900-$1,600)
  • Passport ($130)
  • Additional meals ($500 at most – could be much cheaper if you cook in London in flat)
  • Spending money ($750  is suggested, not because that is how much you will spend, but you have to prove to U.K. immigration that you have enough money in your bank to get home).

 

Itinerary

The 2019 tentative itinerary is:

Date

Activity

Lodging

Sunday

May 5, 2019

Fly out of the U.S. late in the day

None

Monday

May 6, 2019

Arrive in Amsterdam.  Orientation with faculty leaders at lodging.  A late afternoon Pannenkoekenboot tour (pancake boat tour).

Hotel or hostel in Amsterdam.  3-4 students per room.

Tuesday

May 7, 2019

Visit to Aalsmeer Flower Auction followed by a vist to the Kuekenhof Gardens.

Hotel or hostel in Amsterdam.

Wednesday

May 8, 2019

Visit a production nursery in the morning and then the Netherlands Horticulture Inspection Service in the afternoon.

Hotel or hostel in Amsterdam.

Thursday

May 9, 2019

Visit Wagenhagen University in the morning (greenhouse research) and then Delphy Consultants (private Extension-like service) in the afternoon.

Hotel or hostel in Amsterdam.

Friday

May 10, 2019

Visit a greenhouse tomato producer and a greenhouse microgreen producer.

Hotel or hostel in Amsterdam.

Saturday

May 11, 2019

Free day in Amsterdam

 

Hotel or hostel in Amsterdam.

Sunday

May 12, 2019

Travel to London.  Group dinner at a pub or roof gardens.

Flats in central London. 3-4 students per flat.

Monday

May 13, 2019

Kew Gardens

Flats in central London.

 

Tuesday

May 14, 2019

Tentative: Bartlett Tree tour in London.  

Flats in central London.

Wednesday

May 15, 2019

Chelsea Physic Garden

 

Flats in central London.

Thursday

May 16, 2019

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and a retail garden center

Flats in central London.

Friday

May 17, 2019

Community Gardens

Flats in central London.

Saturday

May 18, 2019

Free day in London

Flats in central London.

Sunday

May 19, 2019

Fly home

 

 

To apply and for more information: https://osa.isp.msu.edu/Programs/ukhorticulture.html

Or contact Susan Gruber (grubers@msu.edu) or Kristin Getter (getterk@msu.edu)

 

 

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