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Learning Abroad in Chemistry

“Science is an international endeavor. Students who study abroad can make valuable contacts, study in their major or in unique areas in Chemistry that the UofM doesn’t offer, gain cultural experience, and see how other countries approach scientific inquiry.”
—Gary Gray, Professor, Department of Chemistry

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 Chemistry before beginning your study abroad research.

Chemistry students planning on studying abroad will need to start working on their Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form as soon as they have chosen a program.

Once you have chosen the courses that you want to take abroad (always choose more courses than you intend to take), have descriptions for those courses, and have begun filling out the APSA, you will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry.

You will want to meet with Adam Pagel in 106 Lind Hall to discuss the courses you will take abroad.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

South Africa

University of Cape Town (available through Arcadia South Africa)

  • Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, UCT is dedicated to educating for life and addressing the challenges that face society
  • This campus is home of the faculties of Science, Engineering, Commerce, and Humanities. Programs are offered for a South African semester or academic year.
  • Available courses may include analytical and environmental chemistry, physical chemistry and spectroscopy, and organic and inorganic chemistry.

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Earn credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships on this Academic Year or semester program in Kenya or Senegal
  • No language prerequisite for Kenya.
  • Internship placements may include NGO’s focusing on environmental protection or waste removal.

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Earn credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships on this Academic Year or semester program in Kenya or Senegal
  • Two years of French required for Senegal.
  • Internship placements may include NGO’s focusing on environmental protection or waste removal.

Americas

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Earn credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships on this academic year or semester program.
  • Two years of previous Spanish language study required.
  • Possible internship placements include organizations focusing on environmental protection or waste removal

Asia and Oceania

Australia

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

  • Located in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, ANU is one of Australia’s most distinguished universities.
  • ANU offers the chance to study alongside some of the world’s greatest minds and to be a part of the research breakthroughs that are changing the world.
  • ANU’s Chemistry department includes Inorganic, Organic, Applied and Physical Chemistry, Heterocyclics, and Materials, as more.

University of Melbourne

  • Melbourne was recently named the “world’s most livable city” because of its culture and arts, parks, and climate
  • Uni Melbourne offers specialized advising and support for science and engineering students. Some courses off fieldwork component.
  • Courses may include physical, organic, environmental, inorganic, and materials chemistry at all levels, as well as others.

James Cook University, Townsville

  • A multi-campus university located in the region of northern Queensland. JCU has a variety of degree programs and strong research achievements.
  • A variety of chemistry courses are available, and students can specialize in areas such as basic chemistry or industrial chemistry.
  • Townsville is a medium-sized city on the northeast coast of Australia, near tropical rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, nature preserves and beaches.

China

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • An exchange program for science and engineering students, HKUST maintains high-ranking faculty from around the world.
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

New Zealand

University of Auckland

  • Located in New Zealand’s most populated city and the University of Auckland has an excellent reputation for sciences, engineering, and research.
  • Courses available may include chemistry in society, contemporary organic chemistry, and chemistry of the material world.

South Korea

Pohang University of Science and Technology (CSE)

  • POSTECH is Asia’s premier research and teaching institution for science and engineering. Research opportunities for undergraduates with faculty who have received
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

Europe

Ireland

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Offers a wide variety of subjects and is regarded as one of the leading institutions in Ireland for business, science and engineering.
  • Easy access to Limerick’s vibrant mix of historical and cultural attractions, as well as the scenic landscapes of the surrounding countryside.
  • Students may elect to take coursework including analytical chemistry, chemometrics, and advanced food chemistry.

Netherlands

University of Leiden (available through ISEP Direct Netherlands)

  • Founded in 1575, Leiden is known for high quality teaching and research in a number of areas. Available for sophomores and above.
  • Courses in Chemistry in English are normally limited and special arrangements are needed.

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (CSE)

  • NTNU is an innovation center for technological education and research within the natural sciences.
  • Trondheim is located on the upper eastern coast of Norway. Academic year and semester enrollments are possible for juniors or seniors
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (CSE)

  • Chalmers is where 40% of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects were educated
  • Located on the beautiful West Coast of Sweden. Academic year and semester enrollments are possible for juniors and seniors.
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

United Kingdom

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • One of the largest universities in the UK with an excellent reputation for high standards in teaching and research.
  • Research is well supported in topics including muscles, receptor signaling, cancer, and neuroscience. A variety of courses are offered in engineering.
  • Courses may include Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Material and Analytical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, and Kinetics.

University College-London, England (available through IFSA-Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • UCL is a leader in many disciplines.
  • Located in the Bloomsbury section of London, UCL offers a comprehensive social and academic experience. Available to juniors and above.
  • UCL offers intermediate and advanced courses in Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Materials Chemistry as well as others.

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (available through ISEP Direct)

  • Strathclyde, with a population of 13,000 students, is a top teaching and research university in the UK. Available for sophomores and above.
  • Strathclyde’s reputation for high academic and research standards has led to collaboration with industry educational institutions around the world.
  • 5 major divisions in the Chemistry Department offer courses at all levels in Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Analytical, and Chemistry Technology

University of Nottingham, England (available through IFSA-Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • Located on the western edge of one of England’s most famous medieval cities. Nottingham offers a wide range of courses and student services.
  • Available to juniors and above. Nottingham offers a wide range of courses in Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.

Oxford University, England (available through IFSA-Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • One of the world’s most prestigious universities, Oxford has an international reputation for its work in the sciences. Available to juniors and above.
  • Individual course information is not generally available prior to departure, and students will need to be very flexible about what they want to take.

University of Sussex, Brighton, England (available through IFSA-Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • Sussex is known for innovative teaching and quality research and offers an active cultural and recreational life in Brighton. Open to juniors and above.
  • Sussex’s Chemistry Department offers Organic, Inorganic, Heterocyclic and Medicinal Chemistry, Kinetics, and Materials as well as others at all levels.

Additional Options to Consider

College of Science and Engineering Learn Abroad

  • AEM students should also look at the study abroad exchanges and programs approved for other CSE departments on which you may be able to take general requirements as well as mechanical and electrical engineering courses. For information on exchanges, contact Adam Pagel, 106 Lind Hall or email.

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

  • An alternative 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 the globe

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

  • An organization dedicated to developing global skills in tomorrow’s technical leaders. IAESTE coordinates on-the-job training for students
  • The University of Minnesota is one of twenty educational institutions in the U.S. with a local IAESTE committee. Visit their website for more information.

CDS International

  • An organization dedicated to help build careers by giving students the opportunity to gain meaningful, practical training in a number of countries.
  • CDS coordinates on-the-job training that stimulate the exchange of knowledge and technological skills and contributes to the development of a highly trained and intercultural competent workforce.

Engineers Without Borders

  • EWB partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and sustainable engineering projects.

Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN)

  • SPAN students design and conduct an independent research project in one of three countries. Sites vary each year.
  • Spend the year preparing your project at the University of Minnesota, collect information on your summer abroad, and then complete your thesis upon return.

Directed Study

  • Directed Study allows students to create a contract between themselves and a faculty member that outlines a project and credits to be earned.
  • Students work independently on a project of their own design while abroad, under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty member.

Student Experiences

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

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