Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Family Social Science

Department Recommendations

You are encouraged to incorporate study abroad into your academic career while still graduating in four years. In order to take courses in your major you need to plan ahead. Here are some guidelines that will be helpful.

There are many valuable courses and internships available for study abroad in English and other languages. If you are interested in an experience in a country where courses are offered in another language be sure to plan to do an intensive language study abroad program or take the appropriate language classes. It will open up more opportunities and make the experience richer.

Best time to go abroad

  • Any time with careful planning.
  • Any Summer or May Session.

Non-Family Social Science course requirements

  • You may take any and all liberal education requirements through study abroad.


  • All internships must be approved by the student’s academic adviser in order to use them to fulfill requirements. This should be done during the academic planning process prior to the study abroad experience.

Major Requirements

  • FSoS program requirements may be completed abroad. If you believe the coursework abroad you will be taking is equivalent to your Core Courses, Concentration Area, or Family Electives, this can be determined in consultation with your FSoS academic adviser.
  • Your FSoS academic adviser will be able to approve the courses prior to departure by working with you to fill out the Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) Form.

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

Upon return from study abroad

  • Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to complete the process for using your credit from abroad for major/minor requirements


Nonaffiliated Programs

CEHD strongly encourages students to participate in UofM-sponsored or affiliated programs, which have been vetted and approved by the Learning Abroad Center or another unit on campus. The UofM has close working relationships with hundreds of affiliated programs that are high quality in terms of academic standards, housing, cultural immersion, health and safety and administrative support services. CEHD encourages you to choose program options found on the Learning Abroad Center website. Occasionally CEHD students inquire about nonaffiliated programs, approval and support for nonaffiliated programs is highly unlikely. 


Africa and the Middle East


University of Ghana (available through ISEP Ghana)

  • Comprehensive university on the outskirts of the capital, Accra, one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa.
  • A variety of course offerings are available focusing on the family through the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Sociology. These courses may meet Family Elective credits in the major.
  • Students completing the Family Financial Studies concentration may be able to transfer credits from the financial course management offerings into this concentration.
  • English is the official language of Ghana and instruction is in English. 
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.


MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • 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
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.



Study & Intern in Buenos Aires

  • Study in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas"
  • Learn or improve your Spanish with intensive language courses
  • A semester-based community engagement opportunity is available through non-governmental organizations and other community service organizations devoted to helping children and adults who do not have access to basic rights such as education, health, or a home
  • Take a variety of courses in English

CET Colombia: Study Race, Identity, & Ethnicity in Cali

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Examine socio-political, economic and historical conceptions of race in Afro-Colombia
  • Local roommates
  • Backed by Howard University
  • No previous Spanish required


MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • 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
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

Asia and Oceania


James Cook University (available through IFSA Australia)

  • Unique School of Social Work and Community Welfare offers a diversity of courses as well as the departments of Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology
  • Well known for its program in Indigenous Australian Studies whose courses offer an opportunity for a comparative perspective with the indigenous populations in the U.S

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Students can get experience working with a variety of types of families, such as aboriginal families or economically poor families.

University of Queensland, Brisbane (available through IFSA Australia)

  • School of Social Sciences provides a variety of courses that are of interest to Family Social Science students
  • Courses listed under Arts such as Anthropology and regional specializations such as Asian Studies or Australian Studies may also be relevant


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
  • Contribute to an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required



IES Austria

  • Take psychology courses while studying German language and area studies
  • Instruction mostly in English. Two years of German required for courses taught in German.


Study Abroad in Denmark—Child Diversity & Development

  • Learn how the recent rise in immigrants has affected the Danish idea of family and social services for families; Instruction is in English
  • Complete a practicum in a preschool to learn Danish early childhood education practices

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Past placements include a youth jobs center, a women’s center, an alternative medicine clinic, and many other opportunities to work directly with families.

Additional Options to Consider

LAC 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.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic, Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

LAC Freshman Seminars

  • Combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break, on a 3 credits, 1xxx level Seminar.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad, an opportunity to explore an exciting location and topic, and likely fulfill a liberal education requirement.

Additional LAC Seminars

  • Check out additional LAC Instructor-led Seminars that might run over winter break, spring break, May, and summer sessions. They vary in length, dates, and content so students can find one that best fits their academic and professional goals.

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.