The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs Office connects students and faculty to the world. Meaningful international engagement opportunities allow faculty and students to serve globally, enrich communities at home and abroad, and develop partnerships to address the most-challenging issues faced by society.





CALS in the World

Virginia Tech Students in Cuban Class
Thirteen students traveled to Cuba for a week as part of a semester-long, three-credit course, “Study Abroad to Cuba: Food Sovereignty, Culture, & Resilience.”

While the island nation's politics may be a conundrum, Cuba is an exceptionally resilient nation and a full-sensory experience. Just ask Kim Niewolny, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who led a study abroad experience during spring break to explore food security and technology, land rights and distribution, gender and racial equity, and community mobilization for a just food system.

Professor Ozzie Abaye and  students in Ecuador
4-H Senegal members help bring food to the new center in Santamba

After years of fundraising and collaboration, the Samuel and Eleanor Morris Community and 4-H Center has been established in Santamba, Senegal, an inland village in the southern region, just above the Gambia.

Girls in rural Niger grind millet
Character Counts! is making an impact in more than 65 schools in Brazil.

For more than a decade, Virginia 4-H has been working in Brazil to bring character education and training to educators, students, and families. The program has impacted more than 65 schools and 70,000 students who have attended.

CALS in Service

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands explains how the university works inside the commonwealth and across the globe to help increase crop yields while reducing the use of toxic chemicals.

About CALS Global

  • The mission of CALS Global is to create partnerships, discover opportunities, and empower success — to serve globally.
  • The vision of CALS Global is to ensure that CALS is recognized worldwide as a premier destination for agriculture and life sciences.
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