Learning Abroad in Housing Studies

Learning Abroad in Housing Studies

“Many countries have unique housing issues, many housing issues are universal. Return from a study abroad experience with a global perspective on housing finance, innovative strategies to develop housing for immigrants, or an understanding of technology to support aging in place. These experiences can shape how housing and policy are developed and improved in local communities.”
—Marilyn Bruin, Housing Studies 

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Housing Studies program before beginning your study abroad research.

Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to fill out an Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form.

Best Time to Go Abroad

  • Based on the Four Year Plan, the semesters in the junior year work well for study abroad. The first semester of the sophomore year can also work, however you would need to begin planning very early in your freshman year. Additionally, depending on your path through the degree program, you may find other good terms in consultation with your academic adviser.

Fulfill Requirements

Major Coursework

  • Connect with your academic adviser to review your APAS and determine the faculty member you will need to meet with in order to obtain study abroad course approval.
  • Use an Academic Planning for Study Abroad Form to guide and document your conversation with your housing studies faculty adviser. Try to list more courses on the form than you will actually be able to take abroad in case a course might not be available on site.
  • Plan carefully when fulfilling major course work abroad. The following course is best done at the University of Minnesota, DHA 5463: Housing Policy.
  • Even though Housing Policy needs to be taken on campus, the program faculty think it would be a great experience to take a housing policy course in another country to gain a comparative perspective.

Concentrations

Students are likely to find many of the following concentration requirements abroad:

  • Community Development & Policy Concentration: Look for courses in Geography, Urban Studies, or Sociology.
  • Selected Populations Concentration: Look for courses about the population you have chosen from a variety of social science disciplines such as Sociology, Social Work, or Cultural Studies.
  • Housing Technology Concentration: Look for courses in Architecture, Architecture Technology, or Design.
  • Management & Finance Concentration: Look for courses in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or Management.

Internships

  • Credit-based internships abroad will fill the housing studies internship requirement. Check with your academic adviser for more information.

Liberal Education

  • You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses taken abroad so you don't fulfill them on campus. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's U-Credit Abroad database of study abroad courses that have already been evaluated or submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements.

Be aware that study abroad courses may not meet multiple requirements

  • Some University of Minnesota courses are approved to meet two requirements.  For example, one course may count toward your liberal education requirements AND meet a requirement in your major. Some study abroad courses may not meet multiple requirements. 

Upon Return from Study Abroad

Meet with your academic adviser

  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss the study abroad return process and to go over re-entry resources to help you make your learning abroad experience an essential component of your academic and career pathway.

Programs 

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer.
  • Students complete a 6-credit internship, which allows them to integrate with Australians, experience the local culture first-hand, and gain professional skills.
  • Students to focus on job training, career networking, and resume building in an international setting.

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in housing diversity, introduction to property, and development and urban environments.

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

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in business, design, the humanities, and the social sciences.

University of Queensland (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in business, economics, architecture, and the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Concentration: Community Development & Policy
  • Concentration: Selected Populations

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in business, economics, and architectural technology.
  • Concentration: Housing Technology
  • Concentration: Management & Finance

Europe

Belgium

CIEE Belgium- Business, Communications, and Culture, Brussels

  • Offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students take either a French or a Dutch language course and the required core course, Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience, plus three electives.
  • This program is aimed at students interested in European integration and the European Union.
  • Concentration: Community Development & Policy

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark 

  • This program is intended to give students insight into how cultural, ethnic and national identity are constructed and negotiated in a European setting; how politics, religion and media influence minority-majority relations; and how recent migration is changing Europe culturally, politically and socially – and how Europeans are reacting to these changes.
  • No language prerequisite.

Germany

Metropolitan Studies in Berlin (available through IES)

  • Offered each fall semester, spring semester, and summer.
  • Courses are taught in English and include such topics as urban studies, sociology, gender studies, and culture studies.
  • No language prerequisite, but German language study is required on site.
  • Concentration: Community Development & Policy

Ireland, Republic Of

University College of Cork (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in development, family policy, and applied housing research.

Netherlands

Exchange in Amsterdam

  • This program is available through the Learning Abroad Center.
  • Offered each spring semester and academic year (fall semester ends at the end of January and would make returning to the University of Minnesota for spring semester infeasible).
  • Students take classes taught in English at the University of Amsterdam, including those in subjects such as economics and business, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • Concentration: Community Development & Policy
  • Concentration: Selected Populations
  • Concentration: Management & Finance

Norway

The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA)

  • Offered each fall semester.
  • Each student takes four courses worth 4 semester credits each: Challenges of Globalization to the Scandinavian Welfare State—Urbanization and Immigration (equivalent to 2 courses); Scandinavian Art and Literature; and Norwegian Language or Independent Study Project.
  • No language prerequisite.
  • Concentration: Community Development & Policy

Spain

CIEE Spain- International Business and Culture, Barcelona

  • Offered each fall semester and spring semester.
  • Students can take business courses taught in English at the University of Pablo de Olavide.
  • No language prerequisite, but Spanish language study is required on site.
  • Concentration: Management & Finance

Sweden

Linneaus University (formerly Växjö University) (available through University of Minnesota, Duluth)

  • Offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses taught in English in subjects such as business, construction engineering, design and styling, innovation technology, and interior design.
  • Concentration: Management & Finance

Switzerland

International Studies, Multilateral Diplomacy, & Social Justice, Nyon (available through SIT)

  • Offered each summer.
  • This program provides a thorough background in international studies, using an experiential, case study approach, and includes classroom seminars, lectures, and briefings at international and nongovernmental organizations.
  • No language prerequisite, but basic French is recommended and French language instruction is required on site.
  • Concentration: Community Development & Policy

United Kingdom, England

University of East Anglia (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose courses from throughout the university, including in international development, business, and political, social, and international studies.
  • Concentration: Community Development & Policy
  • Concentration: Selected Populations

University Study in the UK: Queen Mary, University of London

  • Offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may choose courses from throughout the university, including in business management, economics, and geography.
  • Concentration: Management & Finance

Study & Intern in London

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer.
  • Students may take coursework plus a for-credit internship.
  • Past placements have been working with new immigrants, finance companies, and government subsidized housing organizations.

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland

University of Ulster (available through IFSA-Butler United Kingdom

  • Offered each fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
  • Students may take courses from throughout the Jordanstown campus, including those in the Faculty of Art, Design, and the Built Environment.

Additional Options to Consider

College of Design Study Abroad Programs

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.

Directed Study Abroad

  • Study abroad opportunities are not limited to formal instruction.
  • Directed study allows students to create a contract between themselves and a faculty member that outlines a project and credits to be earned.
  • This provides students the opportunity to work independently on a project of their own design while abroad, under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty member.

International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP)

  • UROP offers financial awards twice yearly to full time undergraduates for research, scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member.
  • It encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special research projects.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study.
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe.

Student Experiences

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