Chemistry & Fermentation Science

Planning
Planning your Program: 

The best time for a Chemistry or Fermentation Science major to go abroad will be a combination of their concentration, credits they have transferred in, whether they have a dual major or a minor, whether they plan on taking any summer classes, and obviously their personal situation.  Listed below are some suggested time frames for each concentration. Students looking to go abroad during a different period are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and the Education Abroad Office.

For all concentrations short-term study abroad opportunities are normally fairly easy to fit into a student’s degree plan.  Students are able to start participating on short-term programs (winter break, spring break, and summer) as early as their first year.  Students participating on short-term faculty-led programs often fulfill General Education, Major Free Electives, Major Concentration courses, Language requirements, or 2nd Major/Minor requirements.  Students participating on partner summer programs may be able to fulfill Chemistry or Fermentation Science requirements in addition to the above options. Some students will also engage in research or complete an international internship.

Chemistry

First Year

Students in their first year are not able to apply for a semester program but may be eligible for short-term faculty-led programs either during the fall and spring semesters or during the summer session.

Second Year
Chemistry students can study abroad during their 2nd year. If you’d like to take Chemistry classes abroad in your 2nd year, it is important to think about your sequence courses and whether the partner program offers equivalent coursework. The summer after the 2nd year can be an ideal time for students to go abroad.

Third Year
Third Year can be a difficult time to go abroad given the difficulty of finding matches for your major specific courses. If you would like to study abroad during your 3rd year planning ahead is crucial. Some students will take a summer class or two between their 2nd and 3rd years to free up some space in their curriculum. The summer after your 3rd year is a good time to participate on a short-term program.

Fourth Year
The first semester of your 4th year can be a good time to go abroad, but it does require careful planning to make sure all of your course requirements are in order. Studying abroad during your final year can help you finish a research project, gain additional language skills, take classes not offered at Appalachian, or even do an internship.

Fermentation Science

First Year

Students in their first year are not able to apply for a semester program but may be eligible for short-term faculty-led programs either during the fall and spring semesters or during the summer session.

Second Year
Fermentation students can study abroad during their 2nd year, however it is important to think about your sequence courses and whether the partner program offers equivalent coursework. The summer after the 2nd year can be an ideal time for students to go abroad.

Third Year
Third Year can be a good time to go abroad to concentrate on FER electives, Focus Area coursework, Business courses, as well as possibly a General Education course. Students should work with an advisor to make sure that they have a plan for completing any required FER coursework either before or after their study abroad semester. Some students will take a summer class or two between their 2nd and 3rd years to free up some space in their curriculum. The summer after your 3rd year is a good time to participate on a short-term program or complete an international internship.

Fourth Year
The first semester of your 4th year can be a good time to go abroad, but it does require careful planning to make sure all of your course requirements are in order. Studying abroad during your final year can help you finish a research project, gain additional language skills, take classes not offered at Appalachian, or even do an internship.

Course Considerations: 

Other courses that students may want to plan to take before or after their abroad experience are two part courses such as Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Outside of these requirements students may be able to take other chemistry courses abroad, but often electives are the easiest requirements to fulfill.

Fermentation Science majors may want to try and complete their core FER courses at Appalachian: Principles of Fermentation Science, Social Implications of Fermented Beverages, Reading and Writing in Fermentation Sciences, Facility Design and Operation, and Sensory Analysis of Wine and Beer.

Students looking to participate in a semester or short-term program can also look to satisfy General Education requirements. It is suggested that students save 1 or 2 LSE requirements for their study abroad program. It may be possible to satisfy an ILE, Science Inquiry, or Quantitative Literacy course but this requires more advanced planning. BA Chemistry students can also participate in a summer or semester language program to satisfy their Intermediate language requirements or look to take Minor courses.

Advising: 

Students should email their Chemistry/Fermentation faculty advisor to schedule an advising appointment.

Key questions to ask?

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?
  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad? Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?
Programs

Chemistry and Fermentation majors often participate on department faculty-led programs and summer partner programs.  Students are also able to participate on semester programs but should work closely with the department to understand what requirements may be taken abroad.  Listed below are some possible options.

Program Type Information

Short-term

ISEP Vesalius

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Summer
  • Country: Belgium
  • Concentrations: FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers a course in the Belgian brewing industry. 

Lorenzo de’ Medici

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Summer
  • Country: Italy
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers Wine Studies courses.

SAI Florence University of the Arts

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Summer
  • Country: Italy
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers Wine culture and Beverage Management coursework.

 CIEE Merida STEM & Society

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Summer
  • Country: Mexico
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Students can go for 1 or 2 blocks and take courses such as Environmental Chemistry and Agricultural Ethics in addition to a not for credit Survival Spanish course.

Semester

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Argentina
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: FER
  • Unique Feature: Agriculture/Viticulture program available for students with advanced Spanish language ability.

University of Canberra

  • Program Type: Basic Exchange, Fee Paying
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Australia
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers Chemistry coursework.  Past offerings have included Ecochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry Ia and b, Forensic Science I and II, Human Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis.

La Trobe University

  • Program Type: Basic Exchange, Fee Paying
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Australia
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers Chemistry coursework. Past course offerings have included Introduction to Biochemistry and Microbiology, Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Medicinal and Organic Chemistry, Forensic and Analytical Chemistry, and others.   Students can also access Agriculture coursework such as Land and Soil Management, Plant Pests and Diseasses, and Field Crop Agronomy.

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Chile
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: FER
  • Unique Feature: Agriculture program available for students with advanced Spanish language ability.

Universite d'Angers

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: France
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers a select group of Wine/Beverage Tourism classes in English each year.  Angers is also working on a semester Chemistry program with a research component. 

Bishop Heber College

  • Program Type: Partial Exchange
  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Country: India
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Best suited for students looking to take some upper level electives.  Bishop Heber offers courses in Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physical Chemistry.

Kristu Jayanti

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Country: India
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Best suited for students looking to take some upper level electives. Kristu does offer substantial coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology.

Madras Christian College

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Country: India
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Best suited for students looking to take some upper level electives.  MCC has majors in Chemistry and Microbiology.

USAC Cork

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Ireland
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers a wide variety of Chemistry courses with labs.  Course offerings include Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunochemistry, Biochemical Toxicology, Spectroscopy, Physical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chemistry of Food Proteins, Food Fermentation and Mycology, and many more. 

Lorenzo de' Medici Rome and Lorenzo de' Medici Tuscania

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Italy
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers Org Chem I & II with a lab in addition to courses like Genetics, General Chemistry, Agriculture, and Wine studies. LdM also offers a special STEM track at their Rome campus.

SAI Florence University of the Arts

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Italy
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers Org Chem I & II with a lab, as well as Hospitality and Wine Studies.

Universidad de las Americas Puebla

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Mexico
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers a range of Science course offerings in English.  Past offerings have included Chemistry of Food, Physical and Sensory Properties of Food, Laboratory of Advanced Thermophysical Properties, Organic Chemistry I and II, Drug Design, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I and II.

Radboud University

  • Program Type: Basic Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Best suited for students looking to take some upper level electives in Chemistry.

ISEP Massey and USAC Massey

  • Program Type: ISEP Exchange, ISEP Direct, Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers coursework in Chemistry and Agricultural Science, as well as Microbiology. 

ISEP Exchange/Direct NMIT

  • Program Type: ISEP Exchange, Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers coursework in Viticulture and Winemaking.  

Adam Mickiewicz University

  • Program Type: Partial Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Country: Poland
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers upper-level Chemistry electives.  Previous offerings have included Physical Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Cosmetics Product Analysis, and other higher level courses. 

University of Johannesburg

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: South Africa
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Students should have course flexibility on this program.  Offers a few Chemistry courses. 

University of the Free State

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: South Africa
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers coursework in Chemistry and Agriculture.  Students should have course flexibility on this program.

ISA Nelson Mandela University

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: South Africa
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Agricultural Management coursework along with Chemistry electives such as Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. 

Chonnam National University

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: South Korea
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers a range of courses taught in English each semester.  In previous semesters these offers have included Chemistry and Agriculture courses such as Fermentation Technology, Industrial Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Agricultural Chemistry, Engineering of Fermented Milk, and Advanced Diary Microbiology. 

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Program Type: Basic Exchange
  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Country: Spain
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers Org Chem I w/ lab in the Fall and Org Chem II w/ lab in the spring in addition to Microbiology and Anatomy II.

ISA Mahidol

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Country: Thailand
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers Bioorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I & II, Organic Spectroscopy, and Pharmacological Chemistry, in addition to Food Science courses like Food Analysis, General Biochemistry and Microbiology for Food Science and Technology, and Principles of Quality Assurance in Food Processing. 

Bilkent (temporarily suspended)

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Turkey
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers chemistry courses with labs including Organic Chemistry I & II, Physical Chemistry I & II, in addition to Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Polymer Chemistry and more.  Also offers Molecular Biology and Genetics.

AURAK

  • Program Type: Full Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers chemistry courses with labs such as General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry, and Physical Chemistry.  Also offers Microbiology and Genetics.

ISEP Sharjah

  • Program Type: ISEP Exchange, ISEP Direct
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers chemistry courses with labs such as General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Soil and Water Chemistry, Air Pollution, Physical Chemistry, and more.  Also offers Microbiology and Genetics.

Keele University

  • Program Type: Basic Exchange, Fee Paying
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers Biochemistry, Genetics, Drug Design, Spectroscopy and Analysis, Forensic Analysis, Forensic Genetics, and more. 

Kingston University

  • Program Type: Basic Exchange, Fee Paying
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers Physical Chemistry, Polymer and Industrial Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Analytical Science, as well as advanced electives in Pharmaceutical Science.

Swansea University

  • Program Type: Basic Exchange, Fee Paying
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Unique Feature: Offers a range of CHEM courses included Chemical Reactions, Analytical Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and more.  

USAC Reading

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM, FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers advanced level Chemistry courses like Advanced Physical Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry in addition to Food Microbiology, Microbiology of Food Spoilage and Preservation, as well as an Agriculture department.  

ISEP Plymouth

  • Program Type: ISEP Exchange
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Standing: 2nd semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Feature: Offers a range of Chemistry courses. 

USAC Uruguay

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Country: Uruguay
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: FER
  • Unique Feature: Offers Viticulture and Agribusiness coursework: Agribusiness Management, Global Food Challenge, Viticulture Field Study, Agribusiness Marketing, Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishments, along with Spanish language and culture/history/politics coursework. 

Internships

USAC Hawkes Bay Internship

  • Program Type: Affiliate/Internship
  • Available Terms: Summer
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Unique Feature: Students will take an Agriculture and Environment Field Expedition course and will have a 4 week placement in family farms, agribusinesses, non-profit environmental organizations, wildlife sanctuaries, regional land management authorities, governmental departments, and wineries.

Additional information about international internships can be found on the OIED website.  

Research

ISA Universidad del Norte

  • Program Type: Affiliate
  • Available Terms: Summer
  • Country: Colombia
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Language Requirement: High Beginner Spanish
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Features: Offers the option of completing a 4 credit summer research project.  Students with advanced Spanish may take content courses taught in Spanish.


ISA Euroscholars

  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Country: Europe
  • Standing: Junior, Senior
  • Concentrations: CHEM
  • Unique Features: EuroScholars is a unique research abroad programme designed for advanced and talented undergraduate students from US and Canadian institutions looking for an international research experience. In this programme, students have the opportunity to undertake one course in the classroom and then work under the direct supervision of professors and other academic staff on a specific academic research project chosen by both the student and the faculty.