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Learning Abroad in English

Learning Abroad in English

“Study abroad helps you experience literature and writing in wholly new and different ways. Exploring books and exploring the world are related processes, and no education is really complete without opportunities to do both.”
—Josephine Lee, Professor, Department of English

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Department of English before beginning your study abroad research.

Seek cultural immersion

Look for a program that provides insights into another society

Develop or improve second language skills

Work on your English major or minor

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Programs

The Department of English has identified the following programs as examples of options of potential interest to its majors and minors. These are for illustration only, and you need not confine your search to those on the list.

Africa and the Middle East

Ghana

University of Ghana (available through CIEE Ghana)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Located on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital city Accra, the University of Ghana offers students of English the chance to study a wide range of courses, particularly in the area of colonial and post-colonial literature.
  • Possible courses include Introduction to African Literature, Literature of the Black Diaspora, Ghanaian Literature, Studies in African Prose and Studies in African Poetry.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Kenya

MSID Kenya

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • MSID combines coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this program that focuses on development, globalization, and social justice.
  • English students can focus on the Education & Literacy or the Arts & Cultural Studies (includes Literature) track.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Senegal

MSID Senegal

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • MSID combines coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this program that focuses on development, globalization, and social justice.
  • Four semesters of college-level French (or the equivalent) is required.
  • English students can focus on the Education & Literacy or the Arts & Cultural Studies (includes Literature) track.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Americas

Ecuador

MSID Ecuador

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • MSID combines coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this program that focuses on development, globalization, and social justice.
  • Four semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent) is required
  • English students can focus on the Education & Literacy or the Arts & Cultural Studies (includes Literature) track.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University of Melbourne

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Melbourne has a strong English department with coursework in British literature, colonial and postcolonial literature, Shakespeare, history of the English language, creative writing, cultural theory, professional writing, and film.
  • Instruction is in English.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year

University of Wollongong

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • You can take a wide variety of English courses in colonial and postcolonial literature, Shakespeare, history of the English language, British literature, creative writing, cultural theory.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year

University in Perth, Sydney, Wollongong, and Adelaide (available through Arcadia Australia, or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • English departments in these universities offer courses in British literature, colonial and post colonial literature, Shakespeare, history of the English Language, and creative writing.
  • Adelaide also has coursework in professional writing and film.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year

Australian National University, Canberra (available through Arcadia Australia, or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Courses are offered in all the major periods of English literature from the Middles Ages to the present day.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year

India

CIEE India– Hyderabad

  • Program Type: Host-University Study and Study Abroad Center
  • Explore India’s cultural and religious diversity while experiencing the impact of modernity upon tradition.
  • No language prerequisite.
  • English students can focus on courses at the University of Hyderabad in the Center for Applied Linguistics & Translations Studies and the Department of English
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

MSID India           

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • MSID combines coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this program that focuses on development, globalization, and social justice.
  • No language prerequisite.
  • English students can focus on the Education & Literacy or the Arts & Cultural Studies (includes Literature) track.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Japan

Bilateral Exchange in Tokyo– Sophia University

  • Program Type: Host-University Study and study abroad center
  • Just 20 minutes from central Tokyo, this exchange provides an affordable study abroad option featuring complete immersion at a Japanese University.
  • In addition to British or American Literature and poetry, take coursework such as Modern Japanese Fiction, Chinese Poetry, and the Classic Chinese Novel
  • Spring semester or academic year

New Zealand           

Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • With an enrollment of about 20,00 students, Victoria University of Wellington is a thriving community of learning.
  • Victoria University offers a wide variety of courses in British and American literature, Shakespeare, and the literature of New Zealand and Australia
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year

University of Auckland

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • The University of Auckland was established in 1883 and is one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest institutions.
  • Coursework is available in British literature, Shakespeare, poetry, critical theory, Postcolonial literature, and Pacific literature and literature of the Pacific Diaspora.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year

University of Otago

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • The University of Otago, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the southern hemisphere, is located in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island.
  • The English department offers a variety of courses including Post-Colonial Literatures, British Literatures, Renaissance Verse, and Irish Poetry.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, calendar year

Europe

Germany

IES Germany– Humboldt University, Berlin

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • The IES Berlin program consists of one intensive German language class, a variety of courses in German, and access to regular courses at Humboldt University. Offerings in English include a diverse array of English and American language, literature, and culture classes.
  • The many literature courses include significant offerings focusing on gender, race, and ethnicity in English and American literature. Humboldt hosts a prestigious lecture series (the W.E.B. DuBois lectures), and provides a unique and rigorous academic atmosphere for English major study.

Exchange in Germany

  • Program Type:  Host-Univeristy Study
  • This exchange is with Freie University of Berlin  
  • Take courses from the department of English where a number of literature courses are available each semester.
  • Students take courses from the university’s curriculum with German students

Iceland           

Scholarship Exchange in Iceland

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Study at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik on this full scholarship exchange.
  • Courses are available in British literature, literary theory, literary analysis, history of the English language, and English dialects.
  • Academic year only

Ireland           

Arcadia Ireland

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Study Irish and English literature and language in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Ballyvaughan, Republic of Ireland; or in Londonderry, Coleraine, or Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Each site provides varying academic opportunities at Irish universities and colleges--in creative writing (Burren College of Art); medieval, renaissance, and modern literature; Irish drama and theatre; linguistics
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

IES Ireland– Dublin

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • English (Béarla) is one of the strongest disciplines represented in this program that offers summer, fall, full-year, and spring terms. Study literature and drama through the IES program; or Irish language and literature courses in the Newman School of Irish Studies (U College-Dublin), or in a combined program of courses at St. Patrick’s College (Drumcondra, Dublin) and at the IES Center, or in a full-year program at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Instruction is in English and internships are available.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, summer

USIT Irish Studies Summer School

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Study Irish Literature along with other Irish Studies courses taught by faculty from prestigious Trinity College Dublin in a six-week intensive program.
  • Summer program only

United Kingdom

University of Glasgow, Scotland

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Experience the vibrant urban feel of the UK's third largest city while studying at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom
  • Take courses in literature, comparative literature, and Scottish literature
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Lancaster University, England           

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Take courses in literature, linguistics, theory, and creative writing.
  • Study Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and other Old and Middle English literature in the original languages (OE and ME).
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Study & Internship in London

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • This program offers courses in a wide variety of topics, complemented by credit-bearing internships.
  • Consider an internship at a library, writing or editing for a magazine, in a theater or in a variety of other placements.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, summer

University of East Anglia (offered through IFSA Butler), Norwich, England           

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • UEA teaches and researches English and American literature, comparative European literature, creative writing, drama, American history, film, and television.
  • Study modern and postmodern literature, creative writing, women’s writing, eighteenth-century studies, and romanticism.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year.

Arcadia England or IFSA-Butler England           

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Study literatures written in English: colonial British, American, postcolonial as well as creative writing.
  • The best choices for English majors are King’s College, Middlesex University, and University of Westminster.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Queen Mary College, University of London 

  • Program Type: Host-University Study           
  • Study in London’s East End and experience its rich ethnic diversity in language, foods, culture, and literary studies.
  • Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama offers both traditional literary studies and forward-looking, innovative literary, theoretical, and interdisciplinary studies.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternate or compliment to study abroad
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around globe

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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