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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 

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 Recreation Administration before beginning your study abroad research.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior and Senior Years

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 database of study abroad courses that have already been evaluated or submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements. 

Courses in the major

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

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-Alyssa Maples (amaples@umn.edu).

Financing Learning Abroad

Programs

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.

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

Costa Rica

Explore Costa Rica:  Adventure Recreation, Tourism and Eco-tourism

  • Program term:  Winter Break
  • Sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development
  • Students will enroll in REC 5191: Adventure Recreation, Tourism and Eco-tourism for 3 credits. It is part of the Outdoor Recreation and Education Immersion Semester and is open to all students
  • This course meets the “Environment” and the "Technology and Society" Liberal Education requirements

Sustainable Development Studies Costa Rica (available through 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 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 is 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

Australia

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 recognised 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 throughArcadia Australia andIFSA-Butler 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

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

France

Sports & Culture in France:  La Vie Sportive

  • Program term:  May Term, 3 credits, 3 weeks
  • Deadline to apply:  March 1, 2016
  • 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: 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 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

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

Students Explore Costa Rica 

U of MN Kenya Expedition 

Kate L. Studies Geology and Tourism in Iceland

Kate spent a year in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she earned credit for her outdoor education and recreation major. She was involved in student groups on the University campus, and even traveled to Greenland.

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