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Learning Abroad in Business & Marketing Education

“The Business and Marketing Education Program emphasizes bringing practical experiences into the classroom to prepare students to find jobs and be successful in their jobs. With the world becoming smaller each day, most corporations are operating in a global market. The opportunity for our students to study abroad only increases their career opportunities and helps them understand the culture and business norms of other countries and their markets."
—Roy Gaddey, Instructor, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

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 Business and Marketing Education program before beginning your study abroad research.

How will study abroad programs fulfill my degree requirements?

Learning Abroad programs may give you credits that count in one or all of these areas of your degree:

Liberal Education

Supporting Program and Required Program courses

OLPD 4496 - Applied Experience:  Business and Marketing Education

When Should I Study Abroad?

What Are Some Desired Learning Outcomes of Study Abroad?

Map your academic plan with your departmental or academic adviser

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Kenya through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Fulfill OLPD 4696 with the internship course
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Senegal through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Fulfill OLPD 4696 with the internship course
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

South Africa

University of Cape Town 

  • A leader in the region for research and learning and has set example of equality in the midst of apartheid.
  • Students can take courses such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Psychology I, and Mathematics I, as well as a range of other courses in the university’s six facilities.

Americas

Argentina

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires 

  • Study in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas"
  • International Marketing (ARGN 3752) and the Global Economy (ARGN 3752) are offered in English
  • ARGN 3752 is equivalent to OLPD 3401
  • ARGN 3752 can count toward your supporting program
  • No language prerequisite

Chile

Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile (available through IFSA-Butler Chile, CIEE Chile)

  • A leading private university offering courses in accounting, economics, human resource management, management, marketing, and finance
  • Directed research and community service opportunities may be available

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Fulfill OLPD 4696 with the internship course
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Fulfill OLPD 4496 with an internship in Sydney
  • Internships are available in a variety of fields including marketing

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Melbourne’s Faculty of Economics and Commerce contains the Asian Economic Centre, the Centre for Actuarial Studies, and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
  • Offers courses in accounting and business, information systems, finance, economics, management, and many non-business disciplines

University Study in Australia: University of Sydney

  • University of Sydney is Australia's oldest and most prestigious university. It is ranked 38th in the world in the 2013 QS World Rankings and is consistently among the top three universities in Australia.
  • Business and marketing education students can take courses in general psychology, economics, finance as well as choose from the full range of university course offerings
  • Modern laboratories, a brand new economics and business building, and internship opportunities are just a few of the highlights.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • Courses of relevant interest include economics, finance, marketing, strategic management, and management information systems

South Korea

University Study in South Korea: Korea University 

  • Program type: University Study
  • Korea University, located in Seoul, teaches many courses in English as a strategy to position Koreans for the global workforce; study abroad students take courses alongside Korean students.
  • Extremely broad range of courses offered, many focused specifically on Korea or Asia.
  • Many courses taught in English; no prior Korean is required. Some additional courses available in Korean for students sufficiently proficient. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Thailand 

MSID Thailand (Minnesota Studies in International Development)
  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and internship/research further enrich cultural immersion. Based in Chiang Mai but with internship options outside the city.
  • Internship placements have focused on such areas as arts and culture, sustainability and the environment, public health, education and literacy, entrepreneurship and alternative economies, and social service.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai language is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark - International Business

  • Develop solid knowledge of the European business environment through business visits and study tours as well as classes in economics, marketing, and business
  • Program includes study tours within Denmark and other European countries

Italy 
Study & Intern in Florence

  • Take classes in entrepreneurship, consumerism, retail merchandising, art, art history and more
  • Study Italian language to facilitate interaction with locals
  • Participate in an internship to gain international work experience

Spain 

Study & Intern in Madrid

  • Program type:  Study Abroad Center
  • English-taught coursework and English speaking internships available in a variety of fields.  
  • Take business-related coursework in addition to a variety of courses available on culture, history and language.    
  • Live with a Spanish host family or in a local dormitory.
  • Fall and Spring Semester (courses and 3 or 6 credit internships), Summer program (internship only-6 credits)
  • Prerequisite:  One semester of Spanish or equivalent

United Kingdom

University Study in the UK: Lancaster University

  • The Management School offers a wide variety of courses in marketing, finance, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, business studies, and European management

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

  • Queen Mary is located near the center of London, yet it maintains a strong sense of campus community
  • Students may take Microeconomics 1, Macroeconomics 1 or a variety of other courses in many different fields

University of Aberdeen (available through Arcadia Scotland)

  • Aberdeen has a large and well-respected Faculty of Agriculture with particular strength in applied economics
  • Take courses in a wide variety of areas such as agriculture and food marketing, rural business management, and rural economics
  • Business School at Aberdeen offers course work in accounting, finance, economics, and management

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Offers many excellent courses such as Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Social and Cognitive Psychology, and Introductory Linear Algebra

Study & Intern in London

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Fulfill OLPD 4696 with an internship in London
  • Past internships have included the Fitness First Health Club, Queens Park Rangers (a local football club), small local businesses, and multinational corporations.

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program

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)

  • Design and conduct an independent research project over the summer
  • Sites vary each year
  • Spend the year preparing your project at the University of Minnesota; collect information on your summer abroad, and then complete your thesis upon return.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) 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.