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Academic Planning

    Fulfilling Academic Requirements

    As you form your academic and career goals, incorporate planning for a learning abroad experience into your advising and career counseling appointments, as well as visits with faculty. That way your study, intern, or volunteer experience will be fundamentally linked to your career interests and degree program.

    Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) Form

    Use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning. All instructions you will need are on the form.

    Some departments have also started using the U Credit Abroad Search to store major/minor requirements. If your department is one of them, you may search for equivalencies approved for your requirements in addition to checking the learning abroad program websites.  

    U Credit Abroad Search

    Liberal Education Requirements

    Search the U Credit Abroad Search to select from more than 2,000 study abroad courses that have already been pre-approved for liberal education requirements. You may also submit any course not yet evaluated for approval online.

    Major/Minor Requirements

    The University of Minnesota has made a tremendous effort to help you incorporate international content into your major. Visit Major Advising Pages (MAPS) for more information. 

    Some departments have also started using the U Credit Abroad Search to store major/minor requirements. If your department is one of them, you may search for equivalencies approved for your requirements.

    Language Learning

    Language Requirements

    You can complete second language requirements while abroad. Intensive language programs are designed to provide more credit and/or accelerated language learning at the beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced language students can refine and perfect their language skills.  


    Begin learning a new language. Enroll online for a 2-4 credit course to learn languages not taught on our campus such as Danish, Thai, Wolof and more through the CourseShare program. Access it through the CLA Language Center. This online learning opportunity will increase your confidence and make the following programs even more appealing.
    Explore additional languages such as Aramaic, Catalan, Greek, Maya, Persian, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and Yiddish.

    Academic Credit and Process

    Academic credit is awarded for successful completion of coursework on any of the programs listed on the Learning Abroad Center website. Credit is also awarded for completion of courses on non-promoted affiliated programs or outside programs with prior approval. Participation in non-academic activities such as work, interning, volunteering or teaching abroad does not result in credit.

    Upon completion of your program, check with your program adviser to ensure that your study abroad transcript will be sent to the Learning Abroad Center.  Students on certain programs need to make this request with the program onsite themselves.  Once the Learning Abroad Center has received your grades, it can take up to 4-6 weeks for them to be processed and posted to your UofM transcript for resident-credit programs.  If your program awards transfer credit, your program transcript will be forwarded from the Learning Abroad Center to the Office of Admissions for the posting of the transfer credit to your UofM transcript.

    Once your study abroad coursework is posted to your UofM transcript, work with your major, minor and collegiate advisers to have approved courses moved to fulfill their respective requirements on your APAS report. Pre-approved courses will automatically populate into the Liberal Education requirements they fulfill on your APAS report.

    Learning Abroad Center Academic Policies

    Outlined in these policies, you'll find academic details, including credit load, academic standing, grading, the University of Minnesota's acceptance of coursework, and more.