The program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to learn transdisciplinary knowledge and develop perspectives on the importance of the nexus of food, energy and water systems (FEWS) for realizing environmental, social and economic sustainability at global scale. Through outdoor observations and discussion and indoor studies in Northeast China, students will learn the principles and practices of ecological agriculture and environmental protection with respect to climate change, energy consumption, and urbanization while experiencing Chinese culture by interacting with students, professors and industry leaders in China and touring Beijing, Shenyang, and Changchun.
The southern and central regions of Northeast China are a world belt of soybean and corn production similar to Tennessee. The regions serve as the food basket of China, contributing 40% of national grain production with 8% of total population, 16% of total farmland area, and 7% of total fresh water. The regions are also the largest traditional industry base of China, contributing 35% of industry GDP before 2010. Rural economy has seen a depression as economic priorities have shifted over recent years. The program will visit and study protected agriculture, urban agriculture, ecological agriculture, and water conservation in the area.
Sample Program Highlights
Shenyang Agricultural University
Biochar, urban agriculture, plastic mulch, soil degradation, water pollution, greenhouse gases emissions, climate change discussions, lectures and student presentations
Fuxin Institute of Desert Agricultural Research
Tour and understand crop production in dry and cold conditions
Tour and understand fruit production in desert environments
Fuxin Geological Park
Visit a mining site remediation
Geology, paleobiology, fossils, and other topics related to environmental and ecological evolutions over the past thousands of years
Northeast Normal University
Explore urban wetlands and river protection
Environmental research and agricultural disasters lectures
Jilin Agricultural Science and Technology University
Crop nutrient management workshops
Agronomy and horticulture sites tours
Ecological agriculture tours in local companies
The City of Beijing - History and Culture
Understand the grand challenges of the nexus of FEWS
Study the strategies/methods for meeting FEWS challenges from demonstrated projects such as protected/ecological agriculture and resources recycling
Develop problem-solving and global leadership capability for environmental sustainability and natural resources management
Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for:
AGNR 491: Nexus of Food-Energy-Water (3 credits)
The course aims to (1) understand the grand challenges of the nexus of food, energy and water systems (FEWS), (2) study the strategies/methods for meeting FEWS challenges from demonstrated projects such as protected/ecological agriculture and resources recycling, and (3) develop problem-solving and global leadership capability for environmental sustainability and natural resources management.
Students stay in local hotels or accommodations associated with host universities in each city.
Housing is included in the program fee.
Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed cost sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.
Dr. Jie Zhuang
Program Director and Professor
108 Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building
Dr. Mark Radosevich
Program Director and Professor
132 Plant Biotech
Dr. Sean Shaeffer
Program Director and Assistant Professor
207 Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.