University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of ACES
ACES Animal Sciences
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Student Life

Animal sciences students are encouraged to extend their learning and career networks beyond the classroom through internships, judging teams, student organizations, undergraduate research projects with our faculty, as well as short- and long-term study abroad opportunities all over the world.

Judging Teams

Being on a judging team means much more than evaluating various species of animals or cuts of meat. Our judging teams travel the country to visit operations at the forefront of their industry, compete with other universities, and develop leadership skills that will help them in their future careers.


Undergraduate internships are an excellent way to get hands-on experience in your desired career field while networking with industry professionals. Our students have the opportunity to receive course credit for both on and off campus internships.

Study Abroad

Our undergraduates are encouraged to extend their learning by participating in study abroad opportunities that best suit their interests. The Department of Animal Sciences and College of ACES provides you with the opportunities to gain clinical experience in Veterinary Medicine in Costa Rica, learn about South African wildlife at Kruger Park and in the African bush, and study hundreds of other topics in dozens of countries.

Student Organizations

There are hundreds of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and other student groups at the University of Illinois that students can join. Involvement in an RSO can help you network with your peers and allow you to pursue your interests outside the classroom. The Department of Animal Sciences sponsors several organizations for students looking to get more involved with everything from cattle to horseback riding to exotic animals.

Undergraduate Research

Students can gain valuable insights by spearheading or becoming a part of a research project. From gaining lab experience to working closely with our top-rated faculty, involvement in a research project can help you advance in your studies and perhaps even influence the type of career you choose to pursue after graduation.