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Learning Abroad in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and Studies in Cinema & Media Culture

    “For many of our students, study abroad turns out to be the single most educationally enriching, indeed life-altering experience they have as an undergraduate. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
    —Gary Thomas, Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

    “Spending a semester abroad in Paris was absolutely amazing. Learning Abroad gave me the opportunity to improve my French Language skills and participate in a culture and a way of life very different from my own.”
    —Jenna Lyons, CSCL student who studied in Paris, France

    Learning Abroad Process

    This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

    Academic Planning

    Review the following suggestions from the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature before beginning your study abroad research.

    Apply study abroad coursework to your CSCL or SCMC major

    • Many study abroad programs offer courses similar to those taught in CSCL and SCMC, though they may vary in both method and content.
    • The key is to identify courses that approach cinema and other media not as isolated objects, but rather in relation to larger patterns of discourse, modes of production, and socio-political power in history that would allow pre-approved learning abroad courses to fulfill CSCL or SCMC major requirements.

    Though each course is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, consider the following recommendations before starting your research:

    • Learning abroad courses are most commonly approved as electives toward the CSCL and SCMC majors. When warranted, however, learning abroad courses may be accepted toward specific categories or rubrics within the major.
    • Most learning abroad courses are approved at the 1xxx, 2xxx, or 3xxx-level. Only in rare circumstances are 4xxx or 5xxx-level courses approved toward major requirements.
    • Some foundation courses for the major are offered on campus only once a year, so discuss your plans with your adviser in advance to determine when a learning abroad experience would best fit within your program of study.
    • Learning abroad internship opportunities may be applied toward a CSCL or SCMC major with pre-approval from the undergraduate adviser and/or Director of Undergraduate Studies.
    • If, once abroad, you become interested in a course which you did not consult before departure, email the undergraduate adviser before registering for it; never assume without prior consultation that a course will apply to the major.
    • Appropriate research done abroad may be incorporated into a directed study, internship, or thesis project. Prior approval is required to receive academic credit, and any proposed research must be pre-approved by the faculty supervisor of the project. Consult with the CSCL undergraduate adviser for further information.
    • Learning abroad courses are pre-approved by the undergraduate adviser prior to leaving for your learning abroad experience. Upon your return, you must submit to the undergraduate adviser a detailed syllabus and, if available, class materials from the learning abroad course for final approval toward your major.

    Prior to meeting with your major academic adviser

    After you have selected a program or institution for your study abroad, schedule a meeting with the CSCL undergraduate adviser, Michelle Livingston, at 612.626.7299 or cscladv@umn.edu. Bring the following materials to the meeting:

    • The Academic Planning for Study Abroad sheet
    • Course descriptions and/or syllabi (if available) for each course you want considered toward your CSCL major or minor. Course descriptions and/or syllabi are often available through the learning abroad institution’s website. Identify components of the course that you feel meet CSCL or SCMC course parameters. For some programs or institutions you will not be able to know before arrival which courses will actually be available; in such cases you will want to identify and seek pre-approval for more courses than you will actually be able to take.

    Final approval for every learning abroad course will not be finalized until you provide the syllabus and, if possible, coursework for review upon your return. Note, however, that most courses that are pre-approved will be granted final approval if all course requirements are met and the course syllabus resembles CSCL or SCMC courses in content and/or approach.

    Fulfill Liberal Education Requirements

    Advance planning can help you use study abroad to satisfy many of the University’s Liberal Education requirements. Consult early with your CLA student community adviser to decide which requirements you want to satisfy through coursework taken overseas during your learning abroad experience.

    Consult the Learning Abroad Center’s U Credit Abroad Search for a list of approved courses. If you identify a course that seems appropriate but is not on the list, it may mean simply that it has not yet been screened; in such a case, submit the course for evaluation via the Learning Abroad Center online database.

    Build Second Language Skills

    If you are at the beginning or intermediate level, consider a program where you can study and be surrounded by a language. If you already have reasonably advanced language skills, consider a program taught in another language.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

     

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Program Type: Field Study
    • MSID combines development-focused internships with rigorous classroom study.
    • Central themes include the relationship between political and economic power, and between power and ideologies of development.
    • Content courses are taught in English.
    • Fall or Spring semester

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • Program Type: Field Study
    • MSID combines development-focused internships with rigorous classroom study.
    • Central themes include the relationship between political and economic power, and between power and ideologies of development.
    • Content courses are taught in French.
    • Fall or Spring semester

    South Africa

    University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • Sample courses include:Media & Society; Media, Power & Culture; The Media in South Africa; Film & History; Visual Culture: Perception & Communication; Memory, Identity & History; Language, Thought, & Reality; The Politics of Gendered Knowledge; Culture, Identity & Globalization in Africa.
    • Instruction is in English.
    • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

    Americas

    Argentina

    IFSA Argentina—Buenos Aires

    Universidad Católica Argentina
    Universidad de Buenos Aires
    Universidad del Salvador
    Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

    • Program Type: Host-University Study and/or Study Abroad Center
    • Offers Cinema Studies Track, which emphasizes Argentine cinema.
    • This track incorporates a number of activities including a seminar, roundtable discussions, art exhibits, theater productions, and meetings with local experts.
    • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

    Study & Intern in Buenos Aires

    • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
    • Take Spanish language courses while also learning about Argentine society through courses taught in English.
    • Course offerings include Latin American Literature & Cinema; Politics and Society in Latin America; Buenos Aires: City of the Arts.
    • No prior Spanish required
    • Fall Semester, spring semester, or summer

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • Program Type: Field Study
    • MSID combines development-focused internships with rigorous classroom study.
    • Central themes include the relationship between political and economic power, and between power and ideologies of development.
    • Courses are taught in Spanish.
    • Fall or Spring semester

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
    • Participate in a 3 or 6 credit internship related to CSCL or SCMC.
    • Fall semester, spring semester, or summer

    University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • Relevant courses can be found in the following departments: Gender Studies, History, and Media & Communications.
    • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

    University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • Sample courses include: Australian Studies—Cultures & Identities; Australia Fair—Nation, “Race,” Culture; Cinema in Australia.
    • Coursework can be found in: Aboriginal Studies; Australian Studies; English; History; Media & Cultural Studies; Politics; Sociology; and Science, Technology & Society.
    • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

    Japan

    IES Japan—Tokyo

    • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
    • Multidisciplinary program for students with little or no Japanese language background
    • English-taught course offerings include Introduction to Japanese Society & Culture; Japanese Popular Culture, Past & Present; Social Organization in Japan.
    • Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer

    Exchange in Tokyo—Sophia University

    • Program Type: Host-University Study and Study Abroad Center
    • Sophia University is a Jesuit institution located in Tokyo
    • Sample course offerings: Call to Arms—Literature of Resistance; Interpretations of Modernity; Studies in Poetics—East-West Comparative Literary Theory; Globalization of Culture in East Asia; Western Thought & Culture.
    • Spring semester or academic year

    New Zealand

    University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • Sample course titles include:Critical Theory & Cultural Studies; Reading Contemporary Films; Bollywood & Beyond; Political Content of Television; Fashion, Identity & Globalization.
    • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

    University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • The University of Otago, located in Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island, has an outstanding film and media program.
    • Sample course titles include: Individual & Community in New Zealand Literature; Understanding Contemporary Media; History of Film; Culture, Politics, Policy & Global Media; Indigenous Representation & Cinema(s).
    • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year

    Thailand

    MSID—International Development in Thailand

    • Program type: Field Study
    • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and internship/research further enrich cultural immersion. Based in Chiang Mai but with internship options outside the city.
    • Internship placements have focused on such areas as arts and culture, sustainability and the environment, public health, education and literacy, entrepreneurship and alternative economies, and social service.
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai language is required. Fall or Spring semester. 

    Europe

    Denmark

    Study Abroad in Denmark

    • Study Center program model
    • All courses are taught in English
    • Semester and Summer program options
    • Relevant courses available in the following disciplines: Gender Studies, Art History, Literature, Media Studies, Film Studies, Rhetoric, Communication, Anthropology and Sociology
    • Two core course-integrated study tours in semester programs: one 3-day tour in western Denmark, one week-long tour in 1-2 other European countries 

    France

    Language & Culture in Southern France—Université Paul Valéry

    • Program Type: Host-University Study and/or Study Abroad Center
    • Located in southern France near the Mediterranean, Montpellier is a delightful combination of medieval and modern.
    • Participants may combine special language and culture courses for international students with courses from the regular curriculum of Université Paul Valéry in a proportion suitable to their level of language competence.

    Germany

    IES Germany—Berlin

    • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
    • Courses of particular interest to CSCL students include German Popular Culture; Multicultural Berlin; Portable Roots—Reflecting Otherness in Modern German Culture; German Film as Refracted History; Women, Literature, & Transitions: Gender Relations in Modern German Literature.
    • Students with advanced German fluency may also take courses at Humboldt University.
    • Instruction is in German.
    • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year

    Exchange in Berlin

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • Language pre-requisite: 4 semesters of college-level German (or equivalent)
    • Academic year only

    Iceland

    Scholarship Exchange Program—Reykjavik

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • No language pre-requisite
    • Academic year only

    Ireland

    Arcadia Ireland—National University of Ireland Maynooth

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • The National University of Ireland offers a residential, college-town atmosphere within easy reach of Dublin.
    • Relevant courses can be found in the following departments: English, European Studies, Media Studies, and Sociology.
    • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year

    Italy

    IES Italy—Rome

    • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
    • IES Rome includes the following courses: Italian Literature into Film; In the Eyes of the Beholder: Masterpieces of Italian Cinema Seen through an Italian-American Lens; Cinecittà—Understanding Italian Film; Love, Death & Social Strife in Italian Fiction 1820-1920; The Contemporary Italian Novel.
    • Instruction is in English; students with enough Italian may choose from a wider range of offerings at any of three local universities.
    • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year

    Bologna Consortial Studies Program—Università di Bologna

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • The University of Bologna (UB) is Europe’s oldest university and arguably Italy’s most prestigious.
    • The Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP) supplements UB courses with courses designed for US students, including one on The Cinema of the Italian Economic Miracle.
    • Instruction is in Italian.
    • Academic year, fall or spring semester

    Netherlands

    Exchange in Amsterdam
    IES Netherlands

    • Program Type: Host University Study and/or Study Abroad Center
    • Students in these programs mostly study through the University of Amsterdam’s International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers such courses as Ethnic Diversity and Popular Culture; Gender, Culture and Space; Memory, History & the Cinema; Europe-Hollywood-Europe—American Cinema & European Imagination.
    • No prior Dutch is required
    • Fall semester (not available for the bilateral exchange), spring semester, or academic year

    Spain

    Study & Intern in Toledo

    • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
    • Has strong curriculum in the humanities and social sciences
    • Includes such courses as Contemporary Spanish Women Writers; Introduction to the History & Present Situation of Spanish Women; Society Through Spanish & Latin American Film; and Seminar in Recent Spanish Film.
    • Internships are offered. Instruction is in Spanish.
    • Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, May term, or summer

    Sweden

    Study Abroad in Sweden

    • Study Center program model
    • All courses are taught in English
    • Semester and Summer program options
    • Relevant courses available in the following disciplines: Literature, Communication, Film Studies, Media Studies, Photography
    • Two core course-integrated study tours in semester programs: one 3-day tour in Sweden or neighboring country, one week-long tour in 1-2 other European countries

    United Kingdom

    University Study in the UK: University of Glasgow

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • Enroll in courses in the Comparative Literature and Film & Television Studies departments
    • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year

    HECUA Northern Ireland: Democracy & Social Change

    • Program Type: Field Study
    • Examines the historical, political, economic, and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace, and the progress being made.
    • An 8-credit internship complements classroom and field study.
    • Spring semester

    University Study in the UK: Queen Mary University of London

    • Program Type: Host-University Study
    • Queen Mary offers a true campus environment within London’s fascinatingly diverse East End.
    • Relevant courses can be found in departments such as: Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, French, German, and Hispanic Studies.
    • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year

    Study & Intern in London

    • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
    • Offers a multidisciplinary array of course offerings on Britain and Europe, including such courses as Women in Britain in the 20th Century; 20th & 21st Century Art; Understanding Britain in the European Context; British Popular Culture; Visualizing Britain; British Broadcasting Today.
    • Participate in a 3 or 6 credit internship related to CSCL or SCMC.
    • Fall Semester, spring semester, academic year or summer

    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.

    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

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