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Learning Abroad in Recreation Administration

    “Total cultural immersion, complete engagement, getting outside of your comfort zone, developing new perspectives, and creating memories of a lifetime are at the heart of study abroad. Travel is the ultimate opportunity for experiential learning. Some experiences simply do not translate. Only when you go, will you know."
    —Connie Magnuson, Program Coordinator, Recreation Administration 


    Department Recommendations

    Freshman Year

    • Start thinking about incorporating a study abroad experience into your academic program.

    Sophomore Year

    • Research faculty-led programs within the major for shorter-term options and full semester programs.
    • Meet with your REC academic adviser to determine appropriate courses for Liberal Education requirements and focus elective options.

    Junior and Senior Years

    • During these years, students are most likely focusing on taking courses that apply to the major.
    • Faculty-led, short-term Winter Break, May or Summer Sessions or complete semesters are options.
    • Meet with the REC academic adviser to determine the appropriateness of courses.

    How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?

    Liberal Education

    You may take liberal education requirements through study abroad. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's U Credit Abroad Search of study abroad courses that have already been evaluated or submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements.

    Courses in the major

    • Instructor-led REC courses will be accepted as focus electives for the major. Most Instructor-led REC courses also meet one or more LE requirement.
    • Other courses may also be taken for the major as focus electives. There are many options available for courses that would fit under this category.
    • Classes that would be considered for credit for core courses for the major have more restrictions and requires a submission of the syllabus of the intended class and must have prior approval from the REC Program Coordinator.

    Participate in an internship or directed research

    Study abroad provides students numerous opportunities for experience-based learning. Students may choose a study abroad program that offers internship options. Internships are arranged on a case by case situation in agreement with the REC departmental adviser.

    Many faculty members are interested in working with undergraduate students to support a research project that includes a component in another country. It is possible to earn directed study credit through your study abroad experience. Consult with your faculty members and college advisers about developing your own unique study-research abroad experience.

    Map your academic plan with your adviser

    • Recreation Administration undergraduates planning on studying abroad will need to start working on their Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) Form as soon as they have chosen a program.
    • Once you have chosen the courses that you want to take abroad (always choosing more than the amount you intend to take), have descriptions for those courses, and have begun filling out the APSA, you will meet with your academic advisers in the department and college.
    • Meet with your advisers at least three months prior to departing for your program. The adviser in the department must approve any major required or elective courses you wish to take to ensure that they will be counted toward your degree requirements. Bring your transcripts, APSA, and the course descriptions.

    Are You Pursuing the Outdoor Recreation and Education Minor?

    • Only one of the Outdoor Recreation and Education courses can be done abroad. There are numerous Recreation trips every winter break that would qualify for the minor. Questions may be directed to the Outdoor Recreation and Education minor adviser.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students



    The Recreation Administration program has identified the following programs as examples of options of potential interest to its majors and minors. These are for illustration only, and you need not confine your search to those on the list.



    Study & Intern 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 and ARGN 3752 can count toward the focus electives 
    • No language prerequisite

    Costa Rica

    Sustainable Development Studies Costa Rica (available through The School for Field Studies)

    • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    • Semester program prerequisite: One college-level ecology, biology or environmental studies course; one college-level Spanish course
    • Study tropical ecology and economics in order to understand the sociocultural issues related to the natural resource management challenges in world-renowned protected areas
    • Learn field research skills and work with local Costa Rican park rangers, farmers and top environmental officials to understand the challenges of maintaining the biodiversity of the country
    • Camping trips to explore rare and threatened tropical dry forest ecosystems in Guanacaste Province to Palo Verde or Santa Rosa National Parks, one of the most sustainable management models for protected areas in Latin America

    Turks and Caicos

    Marine Resource Management Studies Semester Program (available through The School for Field Studies)

    Location: South Caicos

    • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    • Examine the economic, societal and ecological stability of South Caicos and its island community
    • Semester program prerequisite: One semester of college-level ecology or biology
    • This program provides students with the opportunity to conduct field research that helps to provide the local government, community, and tourism developers with recommendations 
    • SFS is working with the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and the National Park Service to develop management strategies to help conserve marine biodiversity and provide economic opportunities for island residents

    Asia and Oceania


    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Program term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term
    • Summer internship program available
    • Offers courses in humanities and social sciences for liberal education credit
    • Past placements include: Sydney Kings, Base Backpackers, Backpackers World, Australian Tourist Commission

    University Study in Australia: James Cook University

    • Program term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year, Calendar Year
    • JCU was one of the first Australian universities to offer tourism studies and is recognized as a global leader in tourism education
    • The university's scholars have been ranked among the world’s top tourism academics by the prestigious Tourism Management Journal
    • James Cook University provides a great academic base from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforest and outback

    University of Queensland (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA Australia)

    • Program term: Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester
    • The Sports and Physical Recreation Association has outstanding sports facilities, including an Olympic-sized pool, sauna and spa, tennis and squash courts, a gym, playing fields, and even a sports medicine center
    • Courses of interest include: Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement, Health and Fitness through Diet and Exercise, Physical Activity and Health, Sport and Physical Activity in Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

    New Zealand

    University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

    • Program term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year, Calendar Year
    • The University of Otago, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the southern hemisphere, is located in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island
    • Dunedin, New Zealand's "college town," is friendly and intimate with a population of 120,000 and a thriving student population. While there is a relaxed feel about the city, opportunities abound for pursuing outdoor and sporting activities
    • Take classes in Sport Management through the School of Physical Education
    • Courses of interest include Exercise Testing and Prescription, Nutrition for Exercise and Sport, Sports Injuries, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Coaching


    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 or Spring semester. 



    Sports & Culture in France

    • Program term: May Term, 3 credits, 3 weeks
    • Study sports tourism, sports psychology and sports pedagogy in one of France's most sporty cities.
    • Approved for Recreation Administration B.S. focus elective.

    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
    • 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 United Kingdom)

    • 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 BIE 4196 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

    School of Kinesiology Short-term Programs

    • School of Kinesiology faculty offer short-term programs for their students on a regular basis with locations changing yearly
    • Past examples include Global Sports Management in Sweden and Wilderness & Adventure Education in Kenya

    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

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.


    Student Experiences

    Students Explore Costa Rica 

    UofM Kenya Expedition

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