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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.
Review the following suggestions from the Sustainable Systems Management program before beginning your study abroad research.
How do I select a study abroad program?
- More than 250 programs in 70 countries are available to University of Minnesota students. The Department of Sustainable Systems Management has worked closely with the Learning Abroad Center to select some programs that fit particularly well for Sustainable Systems Management students. Consider your academic interests, your geographic interests, and your academic goals. Use this web page, talk with your academic adviser and work with a Learning Abroad Center program selection adviser. You’ll find a program that fits your goals.
How will study abroad programs fulfill my degree requirements?
- Many programs offer a flexible curriculum. Advance planning will ensure that courses taken during study abroad will fit smoothly into your degree program. Find out about courses available by visiting the program web site. All programs shown here are offered by or affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Applications and information are available on the Learning Abroad Center’s website.
- Plan early to apply study abroad credits to the University’s Liberal Education requirements. Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses taken abroad so you don’t fulfill them on campus.
- 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.
Major Core Requirements
- Some of your major courses may be fulfilled abroad. Consult with your major adviser.
Field Study or Internship Requirement
- You may be able to complete your internship or field study requirement while abroad. The program list on the following pages includes a section on field experiences that have been reviewed by CFANS faculty. Additional options are certainly available, but would require prior approval from your adviser.
Independent Research and Honors Projects
- Study abroad can also be a great fit for these degree components. Work closely with your adviser to facilitate the applicability of your study abroad experience to you honors degree.
General Guidelines by Year
- Start planning for study abroad.
- May and/or Summer Session programs can be a great first step. They can fulfill many liberal education requirements or provide the opportunity to learn a language.
- Save some liberal education requirements so you can fulfill them abroad in your junior or senior year.
- Continue careful academic planning with your adviser so that your study abroad experience is fully integrated and won’t delay your graduation.
- Consider taking UofM language courses to study the language of your planned study abroad destination.
- Short term courses over May or Summer Session are options.
- Plan to do independent research, an Honors project, or internship abroad.
- It is recommended that you do a semester-long study abroad experience in your junior year.
- You will be able to fulfill two or more CLE requirements as well as some electives if approved before you go.
- Short term courses over May or Summer Session are options.
- Do independent research, an Honors project, or internship abroad.
- You may want to do an intensive language program to enhance your skill set.
- Students can do study abroad but proper planning and adviser approval is a must.
Make an academic plan for study abroad
- Use an Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure and document your consultation with your major adviser. Try to list more courses on the form than you will actually be able to take. A particular course or schedule may not be available on site, and it will be useful to have received prior feedback on additional courses from your adviser. If your courses do change, inform your adviser.
CIEE Costa Rica—Ecology of the Rainforest
- Learn about rainforest resources
- Participate in tropical biology and conservation programs based at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica
Asia and Oceania
University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne
- The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s leading universities
- Take courses in forestry and forest products marketing
University of Technology in Sydney (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA Australia)
- UTS is a dynamic and cosmopolitan university
- Take courses in Residential Building Science and Technology
Arcadia Australia & New Zealand—Environmental Studies: Ethics, Culture and Sustainability
- This six-week summer field study program, specially designed for students from the US, explores the physical and biological nature of selected Australian and New Zealand landscapes.
- This program combines classroom-based work at the University of New South Wales and extensive field study excursions—including Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.
- Topics covered include conservation, preservation of biodiversity and the study of flora and fauna unique to Australia.
Australian National University (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA Australia)
- ANU is one of Australia’s most distinguished universities
- Choose from course offerings ranging from biodiversity conservation to environmental politics and policies to wildlife and habitat management.
University of Adelaide ((available through IFSA Australia)
- The University of Adelaide is a center of academic excellence in South Australia
- Adelaide is surrounded by Outback, the Flinders Mountain Range, and the Pacific Ocean, making it an interesting place to study natural resources and environmental studies
- Take classes from throughout the university including natural resource management, environmental management, and tropical environments
University Study in Australia: James Cook University
- With its tropical location near the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and outback, James Cook University provides an ideal location to study natural resources and environmental studies
- JCU has long been respected as a world leader in tropical environmental study
- Take courses in tropical rainforest ecology, hydrology, marine ecology, and environmental assessment
Japanese Studies in Nagoya (available through IES Japan)
- Study in Nagoya, a modern city with a stunning natural environment
- Take classes in international business, finance and economics at Nanzan University
University of Canterbury (available through IFSA New Zealand)
- Study in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island
- The U of Canterbury offers a vibrant campus environment
- Take courses in forestry
IES Austria—European Studies and Culture
- Study in Vienna, Austria’s capital city that offers rich cultural experiences and a breathtaking landscape
- Take courses in international business, finance and economics
Study Abroad in Denmark—Sustainability and International Business
- This program consists of coursework, field study, and study tours taught in English that take an interdisciplinary approach, through historical, political, managerial, ecological, and biological views, of environmental and resource issues from a European perspective.
- Explore current issues and practices in corporate strategy, marketing, and competition
- Gain a deeper understanding of Europe’s business environment and the European Union
University of Westminster (available through Arcadia England or IFSA United Kingdom)
- The University of Westminster has a reputation for academic excellence
- Take courses in Forest Products Marketing
Area Studies in Nantes (available through IES France)
- Take French-taught courses in international business and economics
- Enroll in courses at the Université de Nantes
European Union in Freiburg (available through IES European Union)
- Study international business, economics, and history
- Courses emphasize the historical development of the EU, its internal policies, and international relations with outside nations
- Field study is an important component of the program
Area Studies in Berlin (available through IES Berlin)
- Enroll in German-taught courses in international business and economics
- Take courses at a range of German universities in addition to regular course offerings
IES Ireland—Area Studies in Dublin
- International business, finance and economics
University of Aberdeen (available through Arcadia Scotland)
- The University of Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s premier teaching and research institutions
- Take courses in Forestry
Environmental Studies (affiliated by Arcadia Spain)
- Study Spanish language, take a core course on Meditteranean Civilizations, and choose from a variety of electives including renewable energies, ecosystems of the region, climatology and meteorology, sustainable development and environmental policy in Spain and the EU
- Spain in general, and Granada in particular, are interesting places to study environmental issues and renewable energy
Additional Options to Consider
Many other options are available through CFANS
- 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.
Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.