AEC students studying abroad in Panama

Washington D.C./Tallahassee

Spring 2019

During the spring semester, students will have the opportunity to learn skills and methods to effectively communicate agricultural and life sciences issues to policymakers. This special section of AEC 3065: Issues in Agricultural and Life Sciences (and will be co-taught as a graduate student course) will help students equip themselves with the tools needed to communicate with policymakers and influencers. Students will spend a day in Tallahassee prior to the start of the 2019 legislative session to meet with agricultural lobbyists, state agencies and departments, and policymakers. From March 2-6 (during UF’s spring break), students will travel to Washington, DC to meet with policymakers, lobbyists from national agricultural organizations, and agency heads. If you have an interest in policy, lobbying, or political office, this is class you won’t want to miss.
Undergraduate and Graduate Course
The course will be listed as a special section of AEC 3065 for the spring. For students who have taken AEC 3065 previously, you can register for AEC 4932: Effectively Communicating Agricultural and Life Sciences Policy Issues. For graduate students, the course will be available as a special section of AEC 6932: Effectively Communicating Agricultural and Life Sciences Policy Issues.
Course Structure
The class will meet weekly, most likely on Friday mornings prior to the Washington, DC trip. Guest speakers, representing local and state policymakers, will provide insight into how to communicate to policymakers. The mandatory trip to Tallahassee will take place one day in the first two weeks of February (day is yet to be determined). The dates in DC are FIRM: March 2-6. Following the DC trip, the class will meet less frequently through the rest of the semester.
Students will be assessed a $900 administrative program fee for the course when they register and pay for spring courses. The administrative program fee will cover hotel, transportation in Tallahassee and DC, cultural activities in DC, and most meals. The administrative fee does NOT cover transportation to/from Washington, DC or to/from the hotel to the airport if students fly to DC. Students will also need to pay for some meal in DC. Students will stay at the Hyatt Place Washington, DC hotel, less than two blocks from the National Mall.
Only 20 students (total undergraduate and graduate students) will be able to take this course, so register EARLY. This course will be on a first-come, first-registered basis. Students from any major at UF are eligible.
Tentative Agenda in DC
  • March 2 (Saturday): Students arrive and check in to hotel
  • March 3 (Sunday): Tour Newseum, “free” time in the afternoon to visit National Mall (including Smithsonian), Monuments by Moonlight bus tour
  • March 4 (Monday): “Lobbyist Day”: Meet with lobbyists from such organizations (not all are confirmed) as: American Farm Bureau, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Animal Agriculture Alliance, CropLife. Tour of Library of Congress or Supreme Court.
  • March 5 (Tuesday): “Legislator/Agency Day”: Meet with legislative staff, legislators, and agencies: US Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, House Agriculture Committee. Tour of U.S. Capitol
  • March 6 (Wednesday): Students leave
  • And much more!
For More Information
Contact Dr. Ricky Telg ( or 352-273-2094).

United States Capitol Building

Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow members in Tallahassee, Florida

Lincoln Memorial at night


January 10 - April 20, 2019

During the spring semester, 2019, you could gain skills through class experiences of intercultural communication and on-the-job training in Valencia! The program offers excursions to Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Barcelona and Montanejos, in addition to earning 12 hours of course credit for the following:

  • AEC 3073: Intercultural Communication (3 UF GPA credits)
  • SPN 3510: Culture & Civilization of Spain (3 Transfer credits)
  • IDS 4956: International Internship (6 Transfer credits)

Combining urban life and a relaxed seaside atmosphere, Valencia is becoming one of the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean coast. Propelling this renaissance is the "City of Arts and Sciences," a museum complex and modern architectural masterpiece that adds to Valencia's deep multicultural roots, cosmopolitan flavor, and warm climate to make it a true Mediterranean gem.

Deadline to apply is September 26, 2018!


You will stay in furnished, centrally located apartments. All apartments are within walking distance to the university or are conveniently located to public transit routes relative to it.

Student Cost
Undergraduate program fee: $11,733
A $375 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remianing fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses. Deferment decisions will be based on the amount of aid to be received.

Your cost includes tuition for 12 credits, housing, some meals, excursions, airport pick up, cultural acitivites, international health insurance and emergency medical assistance.

What's not included? Round-trip airfare, most meals, housing deposit, additional personal travel and personal expenses.

Financial Aid
Most financial aid you would receive on campus during the spring can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Students Financial Afairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this program, including scholarships.

UFIC offers scholarships for qualified students. This year's spring scholarship deadline is October 12, 2018.


  • Students in good standing
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student in any major


Spring Break 2018

This past spring break, our students traveled to the country of Panama to get an immersive educational experience regarding the agricultural issues the country is facing. While in the country, our students observed the agricultural operations there such as a pineapple farm and an organic chicken farm. They also spent part of their time checking out the history and culture of Panama, including historical sites like the Panama Canal.

For more information about their adventures in Panama, please check out their daily updates!