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Learning Abroad in Nutrition

“Beyond gaining an international perspective, the process of planning for study abroad gives the student valuable experience.”
—David Smith, Nutrition Program Chair

As international understanding of the effects of food and nutrition on wellness and disease grows, there are many career opportunities for nutrition graduates with international experience. How does culture affect nutrition choices and behavior? How do other countries approach research and science differently? Consider complementing your Nutrition degree with a course like Chinese Diet Therapy or do an internship with a nutritionist in a hospital in London or a rural clinic in Ghana.

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 Nutrition program before beginning your study abroad research.

How do I select a study abroad program?

How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?

Liberal Education:

Major requirements: 

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Americas

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • This “mini-Peace Corps” program offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects
  • Internships are individualized

Asia and Oceania

Japan

IES Tokyo

  • Get an insider’s look at the relationship between the Japanese culture and food
  • Learn Japanese and take courses in art, history, anthropology, economics, political science, or sociology
  • Internships in nutrition are possible

New Zealand

Massey University (available through Butler New Zealand)

  • Massey University has a 70-year tradition of academic and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines
  • Many courses available in the sciences, including nutritional science and unique complimentary courses such as Maori Health

Europe

United Kingdom

University Study in the United Kingdom: Lancaster University

  • Study at Lancaster University, a highly ranked teaching and research institution known for its innovative curricula
  • Lancaster is well established as a center for science and pre-medical studies, and offers opportunities for independent research with experts in many fields

Middlesex University (available through Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • Middlesex University, spread across six campuses in north London, offers liberal arts and science coursework, including herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, and midwifery
  • Health and nutrition related internship and service-learning opportunities are available

University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Northumbria

  • Northumbria University is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, which is less than 3 hours from London and 1 hour from Edinborough
  • Choose from a variety of courses in Nutritional Science  

Additional Options to Consider

Many other options are available through CFANS

Work, Intern, and Volunteer 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

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