Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses

The following list covers programs led or co-led by College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Faculty. For a more comprehensive list of study abroad programs available to students, please visit the TAMU Education Abroad Programs site.

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TAMU CVM has faculty-led programs on five continents

Costa Rica

Costa Rica 1: Biomedical Science Semester (Fall)

Faculty Member Dr. Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description Required “core” courses and tropical rain forest. Key electives and a weekend at the beach. Top flight faculty and volcanoes. This program offers an unbeatable combination for students working towards a degree in Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Meds, Pre-Vets, and others who want to have the semester of a lifetime while still advancing their degree plan.

Read more about the Costa Rica Biomedical Science Semester

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 11984

Credit A total of 13 credit hours are offered for this program. Pre-Med and Pre-Vet students, as well as all majors, are encouraged to apply. Students will enroll in the following courses:

  • VTPB 411: One Health and Ecology in the Tropics (3 credit hours)
  • VTPB 405: Biomedical Microbiology (4 credit hours)
  • BIMS/GENE 320: Biomedical Genetics (3 credit hours)
  • VIBS 310: Biomedical Writing (1 credit hour)
  • VTPB 303: Medical Communication in the International Community (2 credit hours)
  • Spanish (up to 3 transfer credits)

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Costa Rica 2: Ecology and Diversity Semester (Spring)

Faculty Member Dr. Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description Explore National Parks, beaches, and rivers, work with local communities, go Ziplining, study rainforest ecology, speak Spanish, learn from indigenous leaders, and see sloths, macaws, monkeys, toucans, peccaries, red-eyed tree frogs, morpho butterflies, crocodiles, and more. A full semester program open to students of all majors interested in the natural sciences—geared for Sophomores, but outstanding Freshmen and Juniors who need to take the courses are encouraged to apply.

Read more about the Costa Rica Ecology and Diversity Semester

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID 19088

Credit A total of 13 credit hours are offered for program. Students of all majors interested in are encouraged to apply. Students will enroll in the following courses:

  • RENR 205: Fundamentals of Ecology (3 credit hours)*
  • RENR 215: Fundamentals of Ecology Lab (1 credit hour)*
  • ENGL 210: Technical Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENTO 322: Insects in Human Society (3 credit hours)
  • VTPB 289: Cultural Discourse in Costa Rica (3 credit hours)
  • Spanish (up to 3 transfer credits)
  • Service Learning

*Students who have taken RENR 205 or RENR 215 may be able to take a 3-credit, 485 “Directed Study In Costa Rica” course instead.

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Germany

Germany 1: History of Medicine in Europe (Summer)

Faculty Member Dr. Jeremy S. Wasser and Micah Waltz
General Course Description This program is designed to introduce students to the historical development of human and veterinary medicine in Europe. It is heavily freighted with field trips including many overnight excursions. These include visits to museums, medical schools, hospitals, research institutions, and sites of general cultural and historical importance throughout Germany and neighboring countries. The program is designed to maximize the international impact for students interested in pursuing careers in human or veterinary medicine or in biomedical research.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID 10169 (Summer)

Credit A total of 7-10 credit hours are offered for program. Students will enroll in the following courses:

  • VTPP 401/BMEN 400: History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe (4 credit hours)
  • VIBS 447: Neurophysiology of Music (2 credit hours)
  • VTPP 485: Directed Studies (1-4 credit hours)

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Germany 2: Germany Biosciences Semester (Spring)

Faculty Member Dr. Jeremy S. Wasser and Dr. Virginia Fajt
General Course Description This program is offered to two specific student cohorts: Biomedical Science majors (includes life science majors: BIMS, BIOL, GENE, MICR, PSYC,etc.) and Bioengineering majors (includes BMEN and RHEN). Both cohorts must complete VTPP 401/BMEN 400. Additionally, Biomedical Science majors must choose at least two courses from the following: VTPP 423, VTPP 427, VTPP 485, VTPP 420. Bioengineering majors must choose at least two courses from the following: VTPP 435, BMEN 211, BMEN 253, VTPP 485. In addition to coursework, the program includes a large number of day-long and overnight field trips to museums, research institutions, medical and veterinary medical schools, and other sites of historical and cultural importance throughout Germany and neighboring EU countries.

All students in the program participate in a semester-long biomedical science/bioengineering project in collaboration with a German biotechnology company. The project counts as a significant part of the program coursework and is a unique opportunity to get real-world experience in research and design.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID 11953 (Spring)

Credit A total of 22-25 credit hours are offered through program. Students will enroll in the following courses:

  • VTPP 401/BMEN 400: History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe (4 credit hours)
  • VTPP 420: Applied Pharmacology (2 credit hours)
  • VTPP 423: Biomedical Physiology I (4 credit hours)
  • VTPP 427: Biomedical Physiology II (3 credit hours)
  • VTPP 435: Physiology for Bioengineers II (4 credit hours)
  • VTPP 485: Directed Studies (1-4 credit hours)
  • BMEN 211: Biomedical Applications of Circuits, Signals and Systems (3 credit hours)
  • BMEN 253: Medical Device Design (1 credit hour)

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Peru

Veterinary Field Experience (Winter)

Faculty Member Dr. Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description This program is offered during the Wintermester to students in the DVM curriculum with interest in research and avian medicine. The courses will be held at Tambopata Research Center, Madre de Dios, Peru and will immerse veterinary students in a long-term research program studying the health, conservation, and natural history of large macaws (Ara spp) and other psittacines in the lowland rainforests of southeastern Peru.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Website – This program not currently offered

Credit A total of 4 credit hours are offered for this program. Students will enroll in one of the following 2-credit courses:

  • VTPB 948: Didactic Elective in Wild Psittacine Biology and Medicine (1st, 2nd, 3rd-year DVM)
  • VSCS 945: Advanced Small Animal Clinical Elective in Wild Psittacine Biology and Medicine (4th-year DVM)

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South Africa

South Africa 1: Conservation Veterinary Medicine (Summer)

Faculty Member Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon
General Course Description This course is offered to students in the DVM curriculum who would like to participate in a study-abroad trip to South Africa to learn about conservation medicine. Students will learn how African species are managed at wildlife parks and games preserves. Student will become familiar with certain aspects of hoofstock medicine including common diseases and preventative medicine. Students will gain direct experience with many aspects of chemical immobilization including skills needed, drugs and darting equipment. Students will assist in the immobilization of animals during this trip.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 11993

Credit A total of 4 credit hours are offered for this program:

  • VTPP 948: Conservation Medicine and Management for Veterinary Students (4 credit hours)

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South Africa 2: African Wildlife Conservation and Health (Summer)

Faculty Member Dr. James Derr and Dr. Walter Cook
General Course Description: You will leave this experience with a new found appreciation for the role of veterinarians in large landscape wildlife conservation medicine and return to the U.S. with newly developed skills to apply to wildlife health and sustainability issues across the State of Texas.

Wildlife experts will guide participants through activities including animal restraint, administering drugs, field surgery and darting. Other experiential learning could include interaction with crocodiles, buffalo, and rhinos.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 17170

Credit All students are required to take a total of 4 credit hours to participate:

  • VTPB 948: Didactic Elective: African Wildlife Medicine (4 credit hours)
  • VTPB 485: Directed Studies: South Africa (4 credit hours)
  • VTMI 689 Special Topics in African Wildlife Medicine (4 credit hours)

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Thailand

Global One Health (Summer)

Faculty Member Dr. Michelle Yeoman and Dr. Barbara Gastel
General Course Description: This hybrid study abroad course – which focuses on cultural case studies in Global One Health – explores the connections between human, environment and animal health. During the four-week study abroad component in Thailand, students explore Thai food and culture, work with elephants and other species, and restore coral reefs at a sea turtle sanctuary. They then engage in a community development project in a rural village by providing veterinary clinical care to cats, dogs, elephants, and livestock animals (as cases arise). The remaining six weeks will be completed via distance education. After completing interactive online modules, students will write about emerging issues in Global One Health and analyze the structure and crafting of scientific articles.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 18591

Credit All students are required to take 1-6 credit hours for this program:

  • VIBS 489: Special Topics in Global One Health (3 credit hours; undergraduate)
  • VIBS 685: Directed Studies – Thailand Global One Health (1-3 credit hours; graduate)
  • VIBS 948: Thailand Case Studies in Global One Health (2 credit hours; veterinary professional)

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Bulgaria

Biomedical Sciences (Summer)

Faculty Member Dr. Ivan Ivanov
General Course Description: Topics in the Biomedical Sciences: Eastern European Perspective proposes to provide the enrolled students with the unique experience of learning about the neurobiology of developmental disorders while being immersed in the Bulgarian culture-a produce of the rich history of this part of Eastern Europe. The international location of this program will help the students to understand the differences and similarities between the Eastern European and the American perspectives of developmental disorders. In this six week program, the students will grow both interpersonally and culturally and will prepare for their future careers. Providing a specific global perspective on developmental health issues, this program aims to serve as a catalyst in their international health career development.

This course will offer an introduction to the biological foundations of Developmental Psychopathology. The emphasis will be on the development, origins, and developmental consequences of selected developmental disorders, e.g. Intellectual disabilities, ADHD, ASD, LI, Dyslexia and anxiety disorders, assessment methods and research. The signs and symptoms in the dynamics of the disorders will be presented from a neurobiological perspective and in the context of genetics, neuroimaging, neurochemistry, and disease biomarkers.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 18804

Credit All students are required to take a total of 3 credit hours to participate on this program:

  • VTPP 489:  Special Topics in Neurobiology of Developmental Disorders (3 credit hours)

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Spain

Barcelona Global Health (Summer)

Faculty Member Dr. Maria Esteve-Gassent
General Course Description: The objective of this program is to provide the students with training in One Health and bilingual (Spanish/English) shadowing and/or research experience at the University Pompeu Fabra, or the Universitat Autónoma in Barcelona, Spain. Studies will take place at the School of Medicine (UPF) and the practicum will be either in Primary care centers for those interested in human medicine, or, for those interested in veterinary medicine, at veterinary clinics or the school of veterinary medicine in Barcelona.

Read more about the program here

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 17523

Credit
Summer 1:
All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • Health System & Public Health: An international perspective (taught in English)  (3 credit hours)
  • Medical Spanish (300-level) (3 credit hours)
Summer 2:
  • VTPB 485: Directed Studies (3 credit hours)  – Students will be placed in primary care physician practicums (for pre-med & pre-nursing students) or vet clinics (for pre-vet students)

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Taiwan

Marine Animal Anatomy (Winter)

Faculty Member Dr. Michelle Pine and Dr. Gladys Ko
General Course Description: Taiwan, historically known as Formosa (beautiful island), is a democratic island country situated in the Pacific. Taiwan is rich in both history and culture. The people of Taiwan are comprised of multiple native indigenous ethnic groups (2%) and those of Han Chinese descent. Over several hundred years, this tiny island has experienced Portuguese, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese colonial ruling. Every ruling left its marks on this island that is now melted into the Taiwanese culture and cuisine.

Because Taiwan is located between tropical and sub-tropical regions, the surrounding ocean is enriched with marine animals, including 27 species of cetaceans such as bottle-nosed dolphins, killer whales, sperm whales, and the rare hump back dolphin. During their trip, students will be immersed in marine mammal conservation of the Taiwanese style.

Texas A&M Study Abroad Program ID: 18871

Credit
All students are required to take a total of 3 credit hours to participate on this program
  • VIBS 485: Marine Mammal Anatomy (3 credit hours)

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