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Learning Abroad in Human Resource Development

"Human Resource Development students will be living and working in an increasingly global and intercultural world. An advantage of study abroad is that it offers an intensive immersion experience with other people and countries. Students who study abroad gain not only understanding of others but insights and ideas about how to work across boundaries that cannot easily be obtained at home."
—Karen Seashore, Regents Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, 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 Human Resource Development 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

Non-HRD electives

Major Requirements

Supporting Program credits

OLPD 4696 - Internship:  Human Resources Development

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
  • Internship course can be used to fulfill OLPD 4696
  • 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
  • Internship course can be used to fulfill OLPD 4696
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

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

Brazil

Study Abroad in Brazil (CEHD)

  • Offered through College of Education and Human Development exchange
  • University of Brasilia or University of Sao Paulo
  • Students accepted into this program will be required to take pre-departure language training

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
  • Internship course can be used to fulfill OLPD 4696
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Internships in Sydney 

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Fulfill OLPD 4696 with an internship in Sydney
  • Internships are available in a variety of fields 

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Offers a wide variety of courses that may work for your major, including international human resource management, business and management writing, managerial strategies in organizing work, and technical writing.

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.
  • Courses are available in organizational management, talent management, and human resources through the Department of Work and Organizational Studies.
  • Modern laboratories, a brand new economics and business building, and internship opportunities are just a few of the highlights.

New Zealand

University of Waikato

  • Examples of courses in the university’s human resource management track are organizational development and change, managerial behavior, and professional speaking and speech writing

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • Courses of relevant interest are microeconomics, macroeconomics, human resource management, and communication skills

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.

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

Germany

IES Berlin- Business Studies in Berlin

  • Course are offered at the IES (International Education for Students) Center and the Berlin School of Economics in addition to German language courses
  • Courses of interest include Economics of Reprivatization in the New Europe and Business and Trade with Central and Eastern Europe

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Excellent program for students also completing a Spanish minor with upper division Spanish courses as well as courses on the history and culture of Spain
  • Internship course can be used to fulfill OLPD 4696

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

Sweden

Linnaeus University (U of M-Duluth)

  • Many courses of interest to HRD students in management and economics can be found in the Organization and Management Studies program
  • Example courses include Organizational Theories, Value Creating Processes, Human Resource Development and Knowledge Management, Leadership Theories, Organizational Change and Renewal

United Kingdom

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
  • Human resource development courses include theories of management, human resource management, and organizational behavior

Study & Intern in London

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Past internship examples have included marketing firms, international businesses, and promotional companies

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • One the largest and most well-respected universities in the United Kingdom
  • Offers many excellent courses in human resource development, including research methods for human resource management and organization of business

Additional Options to Consider

The Work and Human Resource Education program offers additional opportunities to study abroad:

Study Abroad in Brazil (CEHD)

  • Offered through CEHD
  • University of Brasilia or University of Sao Paulo
  • Students accepted into this program will be required to take pre-departure language training

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.

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.