About us

About Us

Learning Abroad Center

230 Heller Hall (Map)
271 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612.626.9000
888.700.UOFM
UMabroad@umn.edu

Learning Abroad Center Mission Statement

The Learning Abroad Center creates meaningful educational opportunities abroad for students through ethical and innovative engagement within the University of Minnesota and the greater education abroad community.

Learning Abroad Center Diversity Mission Statement

The Learning Abroad Center creates a learning climate that respects and celebrates diversity. We are committed to and accountable for strategically addressing barriers affecting marginalized groups by providing inclusive advising, program and curriculum design, global faculty and staff recruitment and training, and campus stakeholder engagement.

About the Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, research, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

The Learning Abroad Center offers a full range of advising and support services to students, including program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, credit, cultural adjustment, travel planning, travel products, and reentry.

A variety of program options—300 programs in over 80 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant. Visit our Global Crossroads study abroad blog, which features blog posts from current students studying abroad.

The Learning Abroad Center works with many departments, administrative offices and other units within the University to determine appropriate study abroad options for each major and minor, and to help students earn credit toward their degree through study abroad. With planning, students in any undergraduate major can study abroad and fulfill degree requirements.

You can help make the Learning Abroad experience possible with a gift to support scholarships. Your support is essential to enable students to expand their view of the world as they study in their chosen academic fields. Make a gift through the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Learning Abroad Center Academic and Oversight Committees

These Committees constitute the primary oversight mechanisms in place for programs and their associated academic issues.  

Images Used in Learning Abroad Center Materials

The Learning Abroad Center staff has long and thoughtful discussions about which images we use on our website and in our printed materials. We are thrilled by the generosity of study abroad alumni and Learning Abroad Center staff who are willing to share their photos and talent. Many of their photos resonate with our primary audience, undergraduate students. We strive to balance images that portray positive yet honest representations of the education abroad experiences, children and cultures. We pride ourselves on an ethical portrayal of study abroad experiences and cultural interactions US students will have abroad.

Past focus-groups have demonstrated that undergraduate students enjoy seeing active and experiential learning of past participants, internships and service-learning experiences at schools, orphanages, community engagement projects, etc. We have not received permission from the parents of the children included in our photos. We have sought out and received legal permission from the photographer to use their photograph. We are and will continue to be meticulous, thoughtful, and deliberate about which photos to use.