Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Computer Science, BA

“Computer science is becoming an increasingly global field and international experience is a definite  plus for computer science majors."

Phillip Barry, Instructor and Education Specialist, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

 

Academic Planning

Fulfill Requirements

Review your program requirements from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering before beginning your study abroad program research. Be sure to work with your Computer Science department adviser to make sure that your courses integrate well into the computer science major. Schedule an appointment with your adviser(s) to discuss courses you plan to take abroad and your degree plan.

Best Time to Go Abroad

There is no “best” time for everyone, although computer science majors often find that studying abroad during their second-semester junior year is a good time to go.  Second-semester sophomore year and first-semester senior year are also good options.

Major Requirements

  • Meet with your computer science adviser as soon as you begin exploring study abroad. Once you have narrowed your program choices, bring your Academic Planning Form and the course descriptions to discuss how to fulfill your program requirements.  
  • You will most likely focus your search on universities with STEM/CSCI departments that offer coursework in English (whether the locally spoken language is English). You are not required to take technical coursework in English. However, if you are eligible and comfortable taking coursework in another language, you certainly can.  
  • To have new courses reviewed for equivalencies, start by talking with your computer science departmental adviser.
  • The Department of Computer Science has started using the U Credit Abroad Search to store major/minor requirements. You may search for equivalencies approved for your requirements.

Liberal Education Requirements

It is strongly encouraged that students diversify their courses taken abroad by integrating liberal education courses into their experience. You can fulfill many liberal education requirements while abroad. Consult the U-Credit Abroad database for more information.

CLA Liberal Arts Requirements

  • Courses taken abroad for the CLA Language Requirement must be at least 4 credits. CLA college advisers can approve courses that are clearly identified in a syllabus or online course description as first-, second-, third-, or fourth-semester language courses. If the course level is not explicitly stated, you must work with your CLA adviser to have the course evaluated by the appropriate language department. Computer science advisers cannot approve these courses.
  • This is an opportunity to take upper-level coursework outside of your major, as required by your degree.

Scholarship Opportunities

CLA students can apply for CLA Study Abroad Scholarships in addition to other Learning Abroad Center scholarships.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

South Africa

University of Cape Town (available through IES South Africa)

  • Experience South African culture firsthand while learning alongside South African students. The University of Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest university and is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions.
  • A wide variety of courses available in English through the Department of Computer Science.
  • Semester, academic year, and calendar year terms available.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

James Cook University (available through IFSA Australia)

  • James Cook University’s location in tropical northern Queensland offers proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and the outback.
  • You can take a wide variety of computer science courses such as programming and database modelling.
  • Semester, academic year, and calendar year terms available.

University Study in Australia: University of Sydney

  • Study at the University of Sydney—one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Modern laboratories and internship opportunities available.
  • Enroll in a wide variety of computer science electives including “Programming Languages and Paradigms” and “Analysis and Design of Web Info Systems.”
  • Semester, academic year, calendar year and summer terms available.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Study at a diverse, urban university with a reputation for excellence in the sciences and research in Auckland—New Zealand's largest city.
  • You can enroll in a wide range of computer science courses.  
  • Semester, academic year, and calendar year terms available.

South Korea

University Study in South Korea: Korea University

  • Korea University offers the opportunity to study alongside Korean and international students in the rising metropolis of Seoul.
  • KU has several courses taught in English in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
  • No language prerequisite; Semester, academic year, calendar year, and summer terms available.

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Take courses in a wide variety of disciplines with Copenhagen as your classroom. Participate in coursework, field study, and study tours taught in English.
  • Choose from a range of course options to fulfill computer science electives: "Game Development: Programming and Practice" or "Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning", in addition to "Artificial Intelligence", "Computational Analysis of Big Data", "Game Development Lab" and other rotating courses.
  • No language prerequisite; semester, academic year, and summer terms available.

France

Engineering in France

  • Take STEM courses in English or French at the prestigious University of Montpellier Polytech alongside French and international students.
  • You can take a wide variety of computer science courses through the Department of Computer Science and Management.
  • No language prerequisite although students with four semesters of college-level French can take classes in French; semester, academic year, and summer terms available.

Ireland

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Located in western Ireland on the banks of the Shannon River, The University of Limerick is known for its innovation and excellence in the sciences.
  • The University has extensive course offerings in computer science including pre-approved course equivalencies through the U-Credit Abroad Database to fulfill major requirements.
  • Semester, academic year, and summer terms available.

Spain

Study & Intern in Madrid

  • The program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañón in Madrid and the University of Minnesota. The Foundation is located in a central part of Madrid, from where you can easily catch public transportation to any other part of the city.
  • You may take English-taught computer science courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for an additional charge, and participate in the optional internship for 3 credits.
  • Two semester Spanish language prerequisite. Semester, academic year, and summer terms available.

United Kingdom

University Study in the United Kingdom: Queen Mary University of London

  • Queen Mary is located near the center of London, yet it maintains a strong sense of campus community.
  • The University has extensive course offerings in computer science including pre-approved course equivalencies through the U-Credit Abroad Database to fulfill major requirements.
  • Semester, academic year, and summer terms available.

University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Glasgow

  • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow consistently ranks as one of the UK's most highly-rated schools.
  • You can take several classes in computing science including electives in programming and software engineering.
  • Semester and academic year terms available

Summer in Scotland

  • The International Summer School at the University of Glasgow offers a number of different courses to choose from including mathematics and a calculus-based introductory level physics with a lab component.  Note: summer courses may change from year to year. Consult Glasgow’s website for updated listings.
  • A STEM research program may be available during the summer.

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.