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Learning Abroad in Youth Studies

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
—T. S. Eliot

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.

Best time to go abroad

With careful planning, youth studies students can go abroad at any time during their undergraduate career.

Seek cultural immersion

Look for a program that provides insights into another society

Internships

Work on your youth studies major or minor

Complete Liberal Education requirements

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya

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

Senegal

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.

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 

  • A leader in the region for research and learning and has set example of equality in the midst of apartheid
  • Youth studies students can take courses in psychology, social work, and many other departments

Americas

Ecuador

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.

Mexico

Study Abroad in Mexico

  • Complete a semester of Spanish in three weeks with the short-term program option offered over winter break or during one or more of the four summer sessions

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: James Cook University

  • Many courses offered at James Cook University work well for youth studies majors, including courses in psychology, sociology, and education
  • Well known for its program in Indigenous Australian Studies whose courses offer 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
  • Sample placements include Don Bosco House for homeless, abused and substance-abusing youth, the Salvation Army, and other leading youth organizations.

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • School of Social Sciences provides a variety of courses that are of interest to Youth Studies students
  • Classes pertinent to youth studies are available in psychology, sociology, and other departments

New Zealand

HECUA New Zealand Culture and the Environment: A Shared Future

  • This program is Interdisciplinary and focused on the interconnections of society and the environment.
  • The program examines how social and environmental factors impact and shape political and ecological aspects of identity and culture and how New Zealand populations are envisioning and developing a shared future in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Potential internship opportunities in the fields of wildlife and habitat conservation, climate change, food, environmental law, sustainability,local democracy and youth development.
  • While in Auckland students are in Homestays; Language of Instruction is English.

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Includes a Youth Work department and offers an extensive listing of courses related to youth studies
  • Students may also take related classes in psychology, sociology, and other areas

Thailand 

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 through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization while you are there
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required

Europe

Denmark  

Study Abroad in Denmark—Child Development & Diversity

  • Examine Danish approaches to child development and education especially in the context of recent immigration into Denmark
  • Combines theory with a supervised classroom experience in a preschool to learn Danish early childhood education practices

Study Abroad in Denmark—Justice and Human Rights

  • DIS offers a semester program (fall and spring), taught entirely in English, in which students examine international and human rights.
  • Students will deepen their understanding of the legal aspects and political context behind major modern conflicts and human rights violations in Europe through the combination of interactive classes, field studies, and study tours.

Study Abroad in Denmark—Prostitution and the Sex Trade

  • DIS offers a semester program (fall and spring), taught entirely in English, in which students examine the conflicting views surrounding prostitution in Europe. 
  • Denmark, where prostitution is legal, is the perfect foil to the rest of Scandinavia, where it is not, and to the Netherlands, where it is legal but with different moral and legal standards. 
  • Through field studies and study tours, students will experience how varied cultural settings impact policy and practice. 

Norway

Exchange in Oslo 

  • Choose from a wide variety of courses in the sciences, social sciences, health care management, humanities, and the environment
  • A highly affordable program with courses taught in English

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
  • Optional service-learning course with a focus on the immigrant experience in Spain and internship course with placements in local schools

United Kingdom

University of Sussex (available through IFSA-Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • Known for innovative teaching and quality research with an active cultural and recreational life
  • Courses in the Social Work & Social Care, Psychology, and other departments will be of interest to youth studies students

Northern Ireland: Democracy & Social Change (HECUA)

  • Provides a background on the historical, political and religious roots of conflict as well as the prospects for peace and the progress being made
  • Includes a seven-week internship
  • Past internship placements related to youth sudies have included Public Achievement Northern Ireland, Peace and Reconciliation Group, and St. Columb’s Park House.

Study & Intern in London

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Past examples have included St. Gabriel’s Primary School in London, a multi-ethnic, inner city school for children ages 4–11

Additional Options to Consider

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

Kristi V. Studies Development in Kenya
On the MSID program, Kristi studied development in Nairobi and interned in rural Kisumu with an organization that educates Kenyans on health issues.

Emily S. Studies and Interns in London
Emily interned with a non-profit family center in London while taking courses. She learned about her field and developed skills in working with homeless and refugee families.

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