UofM Students

What Can I Do Abroad?

There are many different program types catering to all types of students. No matter your degree plan, you can accomplish a lot by going abroad. These are just some ideas. More information on which program might be right for you can be found in the How to Choose a Program section of the site.

Fulfill Major or Minor Requirements

Major and minor requirements. Also consider coursework abroad that covers areas of knowledge within your major or minor not covered in coursework on campus. Talk with your academic adviser about areas that may not be covered at the University of Minnesota but are important for your discipline. Then research study abroad programs to find one that offers these courses.

Fulfill Liberal Education Requirements

Liberal Education requirements are great to take abroad since these historical, literary, politics, and culture-type courses often give you insights on the place you're living abroad. Save some of this coursework if you can for when you go abroad.

Fast Track a Language Requirement

What would take multiple semesters to complete on campus can be completed in a single semester or summer session abroad. Fast track your 1001–1004 sequence or even complete a minor.

Connect Learning Abroad to Your Future Career 

Undergraduate international experiences can inform your future career. Consider your career plans when choosing a learning abroad program. Which program will help you develop knowledge or experience related to your future?  While abroad, build your resume and experience by visiting work environments in a different country, gaining professional experience through interning or volunteering, improve language skills, and gaining independence and travel skills.

Create an Emphasis

Major fields of study have related fields of knowledge. Use your study abroad experience to study a related field intensively to gain some complimentary knowledge and enhance your degree. This will offer you an advantage in interviews for a job or for graduate school. Courses in these areas could fulfill liberal education requirements, provide overall credit toward graduation, and possibly fulfill some elective courses in your major.

Conduct Research Abroad

Research abroad can offer access to sources and data not available to you in the US. Often, study abroad programs can pair you with a professor in your field, give you entrance to a library that specializes in your area, or provide you access to a situation that you want to investigate. There are different ways to get credit for or otherwise utilize research abroad. In consultation with your academic adviser discuss: