Learning Abroad Center

Customized Programs

Learning Abroad Center Customized Programs provide education abroad professionals and faculty/staff from the Learning Abroad Center's affiliate partners with the opportunity to utilize UMTC Learning Abroad Center study centers for short-term, instructor-led programming.

All centers are staffed by local professionals who have experience working with US students and are well connected within the local community.

Affiliate institution partners work closely with experienced University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' Learning Abroad Center staff. We are able to assist from the early stages of program development and design through to evaluation and reentry. Ideally, program development will begin at least 12 month prior to a program start date.

Getting Started

Download the Customized Program Request Form and email the completed form to Lindsey Lahr to begin the process. Planning takes approximately one year.


  • Personalized service from a UMTC Learning Abroad Center staff member
  • Established centers in each host community, many in non-traditional destinations
  • Experienced on-site staff
  • Innovative program design options including community engagement or volunteer placements
  • Logistical support including housing, transportation, excursions, etc.
  • Culture learning resources for students and leaders
  • Program leader & student handbook
  • Health & safety support, including international health insurance
  • Online health & safety orientation
  • Evaluations

Available Terms

  • Winter Break
  • May Session
  • Summer
  • Semester Embedded Options (alternative spring break, capstone seminar, etc.)


The UMTC Learning Abroad Center has well-established centers in the following locations.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The elegance of Europe and the spirit of South America live side by side in Buenos Aires. Founded by immigrants along the shores of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires built its identity on Spanish, Italian, and French influences, which appear in the grand boulevards, expansive parks, and magnificent architecture.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: political science, economics, global studies, psychology

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand, the only southeast Asian country not colonized by European powers, serves as a multicultural hub for manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. Chiang Mai, the former capital of the Lanna kingdom, is located in mountainous northern Thailand.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: social justice, sustainability, development, Hmong/Southeast Asian studies, architecture, environmental studies

Dakar, Senegal

Senegal has long been seen as a crossroads where black African, Islamic, and European civilizations have met, clashed, and blended.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: social justice, literature, development, African studies

Madrid, Spain

Madrid is a culturally rich, cosmopolitan, European capital. Working with the prestigious Fundación José Ortega y Gasset Gregorio Manañón opens opportunities in many areas.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: history, architecture, language, culture, business, social sciences, psychology

Montpellier, France

Within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: immigration, French, literature, business

Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya's geographic and cultural diversity make it a microcosm of the African continent. It includes hot coastal plains, vast plateaus, Africa's largest lake and highest mountain, and hundreds of miles of the great Rift Valley.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: development, environment, health sciences, agriculture

Quito, Ecuador

Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. Geographically, it ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes a mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: health, environment/sustainability, development, cultural studies, indigenous studies

Toledo, Spain

Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, Toledo is a living museum, a preserved part of Spanish history where people still live, work, and play.

Particularly good for programs focusing on: archaeology, history, architecture, Spanish language


Lindsey Lahr, Assistant Director, Instructor-led Programs

Jemma Lund, Instructor-led Program Manager

Kate Meyer, Instructor-led Program Manager