Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Applied Economics

Important Considerations

  • Juniors who study abroad will likely choose a program that is focused on Applied Economics or a program that offers and internship experience. A junior who goes abroad should be ready to take courses in the Professional Application Cluster.
  • If all foundation and core requirements are complete, then Senior year can be a good time to study abroad. Seniors can finish their Professional Application Cluster requirements or get international work experience.
  • It is strongly encouraged that students take their Applied Economics core courses (3001-7) on campus, but they may be able to find substitutes for these courses with careful planning and consultation with the Undergraduate Coordinator or Major Coordinator.
  • Students are required to take their Applied Economics Professional Application Cluster courses on campus. However, students are able to take courses abroad to satisfy the "Ethics and Responsible Management" requirement.

Nonaffiliated Programs

CFANS strongly encourages students to participate in UofM-sponsored or affiliated programs, which have been vetted and approved by the Learning Abroad Center or another unit on campus. The UofM has close working relationships with hundreds of affiliated programs that are high quality in terms of academic standards, housing, cultural immersion, health and safety and administrative support services. CFANS encourages you to choose program options found on the Learning Abroad Center website. Occasionally CFANS students inquire about nonaffiliated programs, approval and support for nonaffiliated programs is highly unlikely. 


Africa and the Middle East


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 project in the latter half.
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized



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 project in the latter half.
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Asia and Oceania


Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Take courses in international business, environmental studies and Australian politics
  • Internships available in a wide variety of fields

University of Melbourne (available through IFSA Australia)

  • Possible areas of study include agricultural marketing, agricultural policy and international trade, and resource economics and management
  • Course offerings include: accounting, business law, commerce, econometrics, economics and environmental studies, finance, management, marketing economics, and more


IES Japan-Tokyo

  • Study Japanese language and take English-taught courses
  • Economics and business related courses may include The Contemporary Economy of Japan; Japan and International Economic Relations in Asia; and Key Features of Japanese Marketing Strategy
  • Field placement option enables you to observe a Japanese corporation, business, or non-profit organization. 

New Zealand

Massey University (available through IFSA New Zealand)

  • Many opportunities in business studies, including finance, marketing, and e-business
  • Possible courses include International Business, Marketing Management, and Natural Resource and Environmental Economics



Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Program combines classroom teaching, local field studies, and study tours in Denmark and Europe
  • Students develop solid knowledge of the European business environment; the European Union (EU); and an understanding of the real-world interplay of politics, economics, and business

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

  • Choose from courses in international trade, European economic history, international marketing in Europe, corporate finance, and Western European government and politics
  • This program also offers a 6-credit internship in multinational and local businesses and firms in London 

Additional Options to Consider

LAC 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.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic, Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

LAC Freshman Seminars

  • Combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break, on a 3 credits, 1xxx level Seminar.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad, an opportunity to explore an exciting location and topic, and likely fulfill a liberal education requirement.

Additional LAC Seminars

  • Check out additional LAC Instructor-led Seminars that might run over winter break, spring break, May, and summer sessions. They vary in length, dates, and content so students can find one that best fits their academic and professional goals.

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.