Study agronomy abroad
An in-depth guide to studying agronomy as an international student.
Agronomy degrees abroad
Agronomy is the scientific study of crop production and soil management. It’s a multidisciplinary field that draws on topics from biology, agribusiness, chemistry, and more.
As an agronomy student, you’ll learn how to sustainably produce crops for food and fuel. You’ll examine the influence of genetics, nutrition, and soil composition on crop yield and quality, and develop a solid understanding of the agricultural industry.
Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to expand your knowledge and expertise in agronomy. As well as encountering new landscapes, climates, and plants, you’ll appreciate the issues and challenges faced by agriculturalists across the globe.
Agronomy program structure
Bachelor’s degrees in agronomy last a minimum of three years. However, most programs give you the option to complete a work placement. If you choose to take a sandwich year, your degree will be extended by 12 months.
As the world’s largest agricultural producer, the US is a popular study abroad destination for agronomy students. In the US, undergraduate degrees require four years of study. You’ll take two years of general education classes before majoring in agronomy for the final half of your program.
It’s possible to study agronomy as a postgraduate program too. Master’s degrees take between one and two years, while PhDs can take up to six years to finish.
You’ll benefit from a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, laboratory workshops, seminars, and field trips. You’ll be assessed through a combination of essays, exams, practical assessments, presentations, and fieldwork.
The content of your program will depend on the modules you select and the university you attend. But here are some core topics you’ll probably cover:
- Agribusiness economics and management
- Environment and land resources
- Crop pests
- Agronomy supply chains
- Trends in agricultural markets
- Principles of agronomy and crop improvement
- Managing soils in the agri-environment
- Sustainable production systems
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Future agronomy careers
With an agronomy degree to your name, your career is sure to blossom. You could work in various sectors like farming, supply industries, research, and government departments.
Here are some examples of the career paths you could follow:
- Farm manager
- Crop scientist
- Agronomy salesperson
- Plant and soil scientist
- Plant breeder
- Crop research technician
- Water and soil conservationist
If you’d like some extra support with your career plans, your university’s employability office will be happy to help. They can help you land work experience opportunities, improve your resume, and apply for jobs.