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Learning Abroad in Interior Design

    “Study abroad helps students prepare for their careers in a global society. They study in cultures and environments that differ from what is familiar, which prepares them to think critically about design.”
    —Interior Design Faculty Member


    Department Recommendations 

    Best Times to go Abroad

    • Year 3: Spring semester
    • Year 3: Summer internship program in London or Sydney
    • Any January, May, or Summer term

    Fulfill Requirements

    Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to fill out an Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form. Save work done abroad including syllabi, projects, and papers to share with faculty and students upon return from your study abroad experience.

    Major Coursework

    • Students can fulfill major courses abroad and stay on track academically. Work with your academic adviser and faculty adviser to receive approval for coursework prior to departure.


    • All courses can be done abroad.

    Architectural History

    • All courses can be done abroad.


    • Students may also try to fulfill their internship experience abroad. The Study and Internships programs in London and Sydney have been pre-approved to cover this requirement.

    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 Search to find courses that have already been evaluated or to submit courses online for liberal education evaluation. 

    Be aware that study abroad courses may not meet multiple requirements

    • Some University of Minnesota courses are approved to meet multiple requirements.  For example, one course may count toward your liberal education requirements AND meet a requirement in your major. 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 make your learning abroad experience a meaningful component of your academic and career pathway.  


    Asia and Oceania


    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Program Term: fall semester, spring semester, and summer term.
    • Students complete a 6-credit internship, which allows them to integrate with Australians, experience the local culture first-hand, and gain professional skills.
    • Students focus on job training, career networking, and resume building in an international setting.
    • Interior Design students cannot participate on this program spring term as they must take an Interior Design studio course that semester to stay on track with their major.  Students can only participate in the Internship in Sydney program during the summer.

    Monash University, Melbourne (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA Australia)

    • Program Term: fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
    • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in interior design studio, building, construction, materials, communications, media, ergonomics, exhibition design, furniture, AD digital imaging, marketing theory, and contemporary discourse. 

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

    • Program Term:  fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
    • UTS focuses its teaching on common problem-based projects and activities, which allows for a holistic view in designing interior environments.

    New Zealand

    University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

    • Program Term: fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
    • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in the history of interior design, human and environmental factors, furniture, photography, ergonomics, time-based media, CAD, theory and criticism, and Maori design.



    Study Abroad in Denmark—Interior Architecture

    • Program Term: fall semester, spring semester, as well as academic year.
    • Designed for students majoring in architecture, interior design, interior architecture, and, for pre-architecture, in fine arts or studio art. 
    • Students have the opportunity to develop professional skills and knowledge through interaction with Danish architects and designers in studio, classes, and on field studies and study tours.
    • No language prerequisite.

    United Kingdom, England

    Study & Intern in London

    • Program Term:  fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer.
    • Students may take coursework plus a for-credit internship.
    • Past placements include AdVision, British Tourist Authority, Cartoon Art Trust, Global Healthcare Communications, London Property Brochures, Simply Games, Wine & Spirit Association, and Tugboat Graphics.

    United Kingdom, Scotland

    Glasgow School of Art (available through Arcadia Scotland and IFSA United Kingdom)

    • Program Term: fall semester, spring semester, and academic year.
    • The GSA does not offer courses in the traditional sense.  The majority of your time will be spent in studio.
    • You will instead submit a portfolio to a specific department, such as Interior Design, and a committee at GSA will review your application and portfolio for admittance into that department.