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Learning Abroad in Special Education

Gain a different cultural perspective on Special Education.  Different nations and cultures have very different practical expectations for children with special needs. A learning abroad experience can open your mind to how different nations and cultures work with and value their citizens who have disabilities.  

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 Special Education program before beginning your study abroad research.

Fulfill Requirements

Major Requirements

Meet with your Special Education Departmental Adviser to determine appropriate course equivalencies for your major before applying to a program.  Use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.

Consider the following:

Liberal Education requirements

You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Consult the U-Credit Abroad Database for more information.


Africa and the Middle East


Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)


Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

South Africa

SIT South Africa- Education & Social Change


Costa Rica

Universidad Nacional de Heredia, Costa Rica (available through IFSA-Butler Costa Rica)


Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Term:  fall, spring or academic year
  • Participate on the Education & Literacy academic track, as part of the International Development course, which will focus your studies and help prepare you for your internship.
  • Students will analyze the educational system, government policy, and impact on local educational structures, the disparities in access to education, and the relationship between education and development.
  • Past internship placements include teaching in the schools, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.
  • Language prerequisite:  Minimum 4 semesters college-level Spanish

Asia and Oceania


Macquarie University (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)


Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)



Study Abroad in Denmark (DIS)


Teaching Practicum in France

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

Additional Options to Consider

Global Seminars

Student Experiences

Liz S. taught English

Liz spent a year in Dakar, Senegal, where she studied and taught English classes at a local school. Her experience reinforced her commitment to teaching, and allowed her to gain professional experience in a new cultural context.

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