About International Programs

The College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Office of International Programs (OIP) serves as the nexus for all international activities in the college. OIP facilitates collaborations focused on global challenges including food security, nutrition, agriculture, environment, and natural resources, as well as human and community wellness.


As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois prioritizes sharing information our researchers have gained with the community. Over the years that community has grown beyond the Champaign-Urbana area, and even beyond Illinois, to encompass the entire world.

OIP helps faculty, staff, and students discover opportunities and resources for engaging with global partners to find solutions to agricultural, environmental, and community challenges.

Our office also recognizes the international engagements of ACES faculty, staff, and students, in the hopes of connecting with other people and institutions who want to join us in tackling key issues.

History of International Involvement

In the 1950s, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mobilized American colleges of agriculture to create similar colleges in Asia, Africa, and South America. The University of Illinois, in 1952, was among the first American universities awarded large contracts to develop such institutions.

The College of ACES instituted an Office of International Agriculture in the late 1960s to coordinate these affairs. Hundreds of foreign students arrived on campus through the 1980s to receive advanced degree training through this program, and thousands of others came to participate in short courses.

ACES Historical International Involvement Around the World:

Today, we continue to host international students and researchers to participate in degree programs, short courses, and fellowships. ACES sends its students, faculty, and researchers out into the world to do the same.