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Hamza Ali - Experiences as an exchange student

In 2015, I was an exchange student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, best known for its agricultural and environmental research. The semester presented an amazing experience, both academically and non-academically, through the many interactions with people and places visited. Meeting welcoming people and experiencing agriculture in a temperature climate was a lot to behold. From greenhouses to massive farms, witnessing how practices changed as the season changed from fall to winter brought with it many questions and learning opportunities. The University of Wisconsin–Madison is unlike anything imaginable. The entire city is centred around the students. There is no physical gate to enter or leave campus. All class buildings are accessible via a bus that runs throughout the campus. There were great differences within the structure of the academic system and the level of competition that exists at the University compared to The UWI: grading system, frequency and weight of assessment. Many of the courses are heavily research based, providing much needed hands-on experience in the field. I focused on applied monogastric nutrition, beef cattle production, animal ethology, animal welfare and managed grazing. What else did I do while in Wisconsin other than just academic activities? I had the time of my life. Living in the dorms, I met some of the most wonderful people in the world. I lived at the International Learning Community along with Khadijah Lee Foon, where international students from around the globe stayed. I had the opportunity to perform musically at various shows and venues throughout the state with Michael Gani, an Engineering student from Denmark, who became my closest friend

-by  Hamza Ali, BSc Agriculture student

The Faculty of Food and Agriculture offers many opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate student, that contribute to the development of a well-rounded graduate. Some of these opportunities are: attending conferences and seminars and participating in exchange programmes with other universities worldwide. 

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