Learning Abroad in Construction Management

Learning Abroad in Construction Management

“Our students can greatly benefit from learning what’s happening globally in the fast-changing and exciting world of construction.”
—Ann Johnson, Faculty Director, Construction Management, College of Continuing and Professional Studies

The Construction Management program encourages you to consider an international experience as part of your undergraduate education and will work with you on an individual basis to approve related courses to keep you on track for a timely graduation.

Learning Abroad Process

This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Construction Management program before beginning your study abroad research.

Consider timing and length

Pay particular attention to program type

Work on your Construction Management major or minor

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Once You Have Selected a Program

While You Are Abroad

After You Return

Special Considerations for Construction Management Students

Working students

Even if you work full-time while you are a student, there are still opportunities for you to have an international experience. The Learning Abroad Center offers short term programs such as Global Seminars, which are three-week programs focusing on varying topics and led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff. Global Seminars are taught in English and do not have pre-requisites.

If three weeks is too long to be gone, there are 1-2 week volunteer abroad programs through the Learning Abroad Center typically during winter break and spring break. There are also many short-term volunteer opportunities offered through the affiliated volunteer organizations.

Lastly, some individuals take a leave of absence with their employer to pursue international experiences. Talk with your Construction Management adviser and a Learning Abroad Center adviser to determine the best option for you.

Student parents

Learning abroad is a possibility for students with families. Several student parents have worked with the Learning Abroad Center and onsite staff to study abroad with their family. Speak with a Learning Abroad Center adviser for more information. You could also identify programs you are interested in and then contact the program teams directly to get started.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya
  • Program type: Field study, study abroad center
  • Complete coursework in international development and participate in a construction management related internship with a grassroots organization.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal
  • Program type: Field study, study abroad center
  • Complete coursework in international development and participate in a construction management related internship with a grassroots organization.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 
  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Construction Management courses are available in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment in the Construction Economics & Management Department. 
  • Instruction is in English.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

Americas

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador
  • Program type: Field study, study abroad center
  • Complete coursework in international development and participate in a construction management related internship with a grassroots organization.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne
  • Program type: University Study
  • Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning offers Construction Management courses.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year
University Study in Australia: Queensland University of Technology
  • Program type: University Study
  • Courses available in the Faculty of Built Environment & Engineering, School of Construction Management and Property Urban Development.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

University of New South Wales (offered through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Courses available in the Faculty of the Built Environment.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

University of Technology, Sydney (offered through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Courses available in the Faculty of Design Architecture & Building and the School of Built Environment.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

Thailand 

MSID—International Development in Thailand

  • Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice
  • Complete coursework in international development and participate in a construction management related internship with a grassroots organization
  • Contribute through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required

Europe

United Kingdom

City University London (available through Arcadia England or IFSA-Butler England)

  • Program type: University Study
  • The Engineering department offers courses in Construction Management, Design, Surveying, Structures and more. Courses in a wide variety of other subjects are also available.
  • Fall or spring semester and academic year

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs
  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Work on your language requirement (if applicable) or on a language minor while immersed in the language
  • Complete two, three, or even four semesters of language in a semester or a summer
Global Seminars
  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!
Freshman Seminars
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

 

Non-Credit Opportunities

 

  • Non-credit  opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

 

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.