UofM Students

Academic Planning and Information

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, service-learning, work, intern, or volunteer experience will be fundamentally linked to your career interests and degree program.

Liberal Education Requirements

Search the U-Credit Abroad database 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 database to store major/minor requirements.  If your department is one of them, you may search for equivalencies approved for your requirements.

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.  

Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA)

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 U-Credit Abroad database 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.  

Academic Credit

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.

Additional Academic Opportunities

Global Identity:  Connecting Your International Experience to Your Future

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience to Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals.

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.