Learning Abroad in Retail Merchandising

Learning Abroad in Retail Merchandising

“Studying outside of the United States makes students understand that they are a part of an extremely competitive global economy. Not only do students return with a greater understanding of retailing, they are sensitized to the life issues that face culturally diverse peoples of the world.”
—Kim Johnson, Retail Merchandising Faculty

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 Retail Merchandising 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

Fulfill Requirements

Prospective Retail Merchandising Students

Core Major Courses

Study and Internships in London Program 

Are You Pursuing the Management Minor?

Internships

Liberal Education

Be aware that 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 a meaningful component of your academic and career pathway.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Ghana

International Business & Culture, Accra (available through CIEE)

  • Students may study at Ashesi University in Accra for the fall or spring semester or for the academic year.
  • Choose from courses in the Business Administration faculty or in the interdisciplinary Africana Studies Program.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Offered each 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 to focus on job training, career networking, and resume building in an international setting.

University Study in Australia: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including business courses, located on the Gardens Point campus, and creative industries courses, located on the Kelvin Grove campus.
  • In QUT's Creative Industries faculty students can take classes in retail, fashion, and visual design, as well as pursue an internship or volunteer placement in the design fields.

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 management, business in the global economy, the Asian economies, organizational behavior, operations management, human resource management, principles of marketing, market research, marketing communications, social and political context of work, managerial strategies, brand management, and business in Southeast Asia.

China

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai

  • The Shanghai Business program is available through The Alliance for Global Education.
  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer.
  • Students take a Chinese language course plus electives taught in English about Chinese culture and business.
  • No language prerequisite.

Shanghai Summer

  • This business, language, and culture program is available through CIEE China.
  • Offered each summer.
  • All students take a Chinese language course plus courses taught in English about Chinese culture and business.

Japan

Japanese Studies in Tokyo (available through IES Japan)

  • Offered each fall and spring semester.
  • Students are required to take a Japanese language course, plus electives taught in English.
  • Electives include courses in anthropology, society and culture, and economics.
  • No language prerequisite.

Sophia University, Tokyo (available through the Learning Abroad Center and CIEE Japan)

  • Offered every academic year and spring semester.
  • Students may choose from Japanese language classes and a wide variety of courses taught in English.
  • Electives cover subjects including culture, identity, gender, public speaking, marketing, and business.
  • No language prerequisite.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago 

  • Program Type: University Study 
  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in business studies, clothing and textile sciences, and design studies.

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

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

South Korea

University Study in South Korea: Yonsei University, Seoul

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students take one Korean language course, plus electives from throughout the university, including those taught in English in the Division of International Education and Exchange.
  • Past subjects taught in English include economics, East Asian Studies, and business.
  • No language prerequisite.

Europe

France

Business & International Affairs in Paris (available through IES France)

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students are required to take a French language course, plus electives taught in English.
  • Electives include courses in economics, marketing, and business.
  • No language prerequisite, although internships are available for students with adequate French.

Italy

Study & Intern in Florence

  • Offered each fall and spring semester.
  • The Consumerism course fulfills the RM 4123 Living in a Consumer Society requirement.
  • No language prerequisite; courses taught in English by Italian and international faculty.
  • Internships are available if students have sufficient Italian language skills.

Area Studies in Milan (available through IES Italy)

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students are required to take an Italian language course, plus culture- and business-related electives taught in English or Italian.
  • Students may be able to take one or two courses taught at the University of Bocconi or the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, a wide variety of which are taught in English.
  • No language prerequisite.

Spain

CIEE Spain- Business in Barcelona

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students are required to take a Spanish language course, plus electives taught in English or Spanish.
  • Depending on language ability, electives may be taken at the CIEE study center or the Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI).
  • No language prerequisite.

CIEE Spain- International Business & Culture in Seville

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students are required to take a Spanish language course, plus electives taught in English or Spanish at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.
  • Electives are offered in subjects such as economics, marketing, and art.
  • No language prerequisite.

CIEE Spain- Business & Society in Seville

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students can learn about business, marketing, economics, and culture in Spain and the European Union through classes taught at the CIEE study center, the Universidad de Sevilla, or the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.
  • All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
  • A minimum of 5 college-level semesters of Spanish is required.

United Kingdom

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

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in economics and business management.

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 include AdVision, British Tourist Authority, Cartoon Art Trust, Global Healthcare Communications, London Property Brochures, Simply Games, Wine & Spirit Association, and Tugboat Graphics.
  • The following courses have been approved for major requirements by the retail merchandising faculty:
    • LNDN 3531 Creative Connections:  Advertising and Marketing in Britain = RM 4216 Retail Promotion/Retail major required elective area
    • LNDN 3227 Global Workforce Management = Retail major required elective area
    • LNDN 3752 International Marketing = RM 4217 International Retail Markets
    • LNDN 3228 Managing Global Supply Chains = Has been approved for an alternative course for RM 4217 International Retail Markets
    • LNDN 3355 Learning through Internships = RM 4196 Internship
    • LNDN 3753 International Economics = Retail major required elective area
    • LNDN 3733 International Finance = Retail major required elective area

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler)

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in fashion management and fashion communication and marketing.

University of Westminster, London (available through Arcadia England and IFSA-Butler)

  • Offered every fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those within the university’s fashion merchandise management major, focusing on business communication, fashion marketing, brand management, fashion in society, and the future of merchandising.

London College of Fashion (available through Arcadia London and IFSA Butler United Kingdom)

  • Offered each fall and spring semester.
  • Take classes at the Arcadia study center for 8-10 credits plus the London College of Fashion (up to 8 credits).
  • Classes at LCF focus on Fashion and Fashion Merchandising.

United Kingdom, Northern Ireland

University of Ulster (available through IFSA-Butler United Kingdom

  • Offered each fall and spring semester and academic year.
  • Students may choose from courses throughout the university, including those in retail studies, business management, and marketing.

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.

Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN)

  • Work with University of Minnesota faculty to develop and plan your independent research abroad.
  • Design and conduct an independent research project in one of four countries.
  • Sites and faculty leaders vary each year.
  • Prepare for your summer abroad throughout the year, spend 6 – 12 weeks abroad collecting information, then complete the project at the University of Minnesota with the help of a faculty adviser.

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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (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

Phuoc Studied Marketing & Entrepreneurship in Japan

Phuoc, a marketing and entrepreneurship major, spent the spring semester of his sophomore year studying in Tokyo, Japan with the CIEE program. He took classes at Sophia University, located in the heart of Tokyo.

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