Learning Abroad in Economics

Learning Abroad in Economics

“Nothing else in your college experience will expand your horizons—truly educate you—as much as a year of study abroad. See me if in doubt; go if you can.”
—Ed Foster, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics

“Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in college. You will see exciting places, gain new perspectives, make great friends, and grow personally and academically. Get out, see the world!”
—Ben Hood, Undergraduate Alum, Department of Economics

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 Department of Economics before beginning your study abroad research.

Economics is a very broad discipline which encompasses a wide variety of theoretical and empirical lines of inquiry. The Department of Economics encourages you to explore this variety through study abroad. Wherever you decide to go, consider taking courses of local, national, or regional interest, and courses that offer perspectives that are new and different to you.

Why Study Abroad in Economics?

Set goals and plan for results

Identify your professional goals

Consider timing and length

Pay special attention to program type

Work on your economics major or minor

Develop or improve second language skills

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Once you have selected a program

While you are abroad

After you return

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Ghana

University of Ghana (available through CIEE Ghana–Legon: Developmental Studies)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Comprehensive university on the outskirts of the capital, Accra, supplemented by CIEE courses plus the option of doing a research project and/or a community-focused internship.
  • Development economics is a major focus. Many professors are intimately involved in development projects, permitting them to add a “real life” dimension to economic theory.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of an African language is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Kenya

MSID–International Development in Kenya

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion. Chance to reflect on economic theory and grassroots realities.
  • Past internship placements include women’s empowerment, literacy, ethnographic research, public health/nutrition, environmental issues, urban education, community development, others.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Senegal

MSID–International Development in Senegal

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion. Chance to reflect on economic theory and grassroots realities.
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, health clinics, community centers, community economic development, and many more.
  • Instruction is in French. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Uganda

SIT Uganda–Development Studies

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Highly experiential program based in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, with excursions to western Uganda, eastern Uganda, and Rwanda. 
  • Includes a Development Studies Seminar that can work as an area studies course for the major, especially if you focus on economic issues.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of an indigenous Ghanaian language is required. Fall or spring semester.

Americas

Argentina

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Explore the urban landscape of Buenos Aires, a city of 13 million.
  • Take Spanish language courses at any level along with area studies courses. Sample area studies courses include: Latin American Economy-The Argentine Perspective, and Politics & Society in Latin America.
  • Area studies courses taught in English; no prior Spanish required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

SIT Argentina—Regional Integration, Development, & Social Change

  • You may participate on a U of M affiliated program (affiliate) not listed in the Learning Abroad Center's catalog.  However, you will need to apply through our application system
  • NOTE:  This specific program will not be found within our application system.  Select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application.  Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.
  • Program type: Field Study
  • Highly experiential program based in Buenos Aires, a vibrant metropolis of 14 million. Includes also a rural stay in the Argentine pampas and field trips to Paraguay, Uruguay, and/or southern Brazil.
  • Examines the impact of economic integration on the social and economic development of the countries of the MERCOSUR bloc.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Spanish is required. Fall or spring semester.

Universidad de Buenos Aires (available through CIEE Argentina—Liberal Arts or IES Argentina—Buenos Aires Advanced Spanish or IFSA-Butler Argentina)

  • Program type: University Study (mostly)
  • Huge, prestigious institution in the Argentine capital (population 14 million), one of South America’s great port cities. Opportunities also for internships or community service.
  • Sample economics courses: Structure of the Argentine Economy; Economic & Social History of Argentina; Epistemology of Economics; History of Economic Thought.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; 4 semesters (IES), 5 semesters (Butler), or 6 semesters (CIEE) of prior Spanish are required. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (available through CIEE Chile—Santiago Liberal Arts or IES Chile or ISFA-Butler Chile—Santiago)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Santiago-based university especially strong in social sciences. Wide variety of economics courses offered, including a number on development economics and Latin American economies.
  • All three sponsors require one language course and one center-based area studies course. IES offers more center-based courses (including internships) than the other two sponsors.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; 4 semesters (IES), 5 semesters (Butler) or 6 semesters (CIEE) of prior Spanish are required. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

SIT Chile—Social, Economic, & Political Transformation

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Highly experiential program based in Santiago, with extensive field trips to northern and southern Chile alike. Includes local field study and a four-week research project as well.
  • Study themes include Chile’s export-drive economy and its integration into the global marketplace; unequal income distribution; the political system; effects of modernization on indigenous peoples.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Spanish language study is required. Fall or spring semester.

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion. Chance to reflect on economic theory and grassroots realities.
  • Past internship placements include rural women’s empowerment, literacy, public health/nutrition, sustainable agriculture, community economic development, fishing or handicraft cooperatives.
  • Instruction is in Spanish. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Monash University (available through Arcadia Australia or ISFA-Butler Australia)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in a suburb of Australia’s second city, Melbourne, Monash is one of Australia’s largest, most comprehensive, and most prestigious universities.
  • Department of Economics offers a number of courses on the Asian and Australian economies and the connections among them. Several economic history courses are also available.
  • Fall or spring semester, calendar year or academic year.

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Area studies program with a multidisciplinary curriculum focused on Australia, including International Business & Trade: Australia & the Pacific Rim.
  • Program centerpiece for most economics majors is an outstanding internship option (6 credits in semester program, 3 or 6 credits in summer program); astounding variety of placements possible.
  • Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in a seaside city of about 250,000 just south of Sydney, Wollongong is a highly international university, with about 20% of its students from other countries.
  • Courses from the standard economics curriculum are offered, including a number of courses in quantitative methods.
  • Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

China

CIEE China—Shanghai: China in a Global Context

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Language and area studies program with a strong emphasis on contemporary China. Courses offered in Asian studies, economics, history, international relations, political science, many more.
  • Course offerings include: China’s Macroeconomic Impact; China’s Economic Reforms; Seminar on Issues of Globalization in China; Modern Chinese History.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Chinese is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Japan

IES Japan – Tokyo Society & Culture

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Multidisciplinary language and area studies (mostly social science) program for students with little or no Japanese language background. Includes course on The Contemporary Economy of Japan.
  • Extensive experiential learning opportunities include field trips, cultural events, volunteer options. Especially recommended: participant observer field placement with a Japanese organization. 
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Japanese is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Exchange in Tokyo, Japan - Hitotsubashi University

  • Program type: University Study
  • Experience Japanese life in the vibrant and dynamic city of Tokyo on this affordable and immersive exchange program.
  • Broad range of economics courses offered.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Japanese is required. Spring semester or academic year.

South Korea

University Study in South Korea: Korea University 

  • Program type: University Study
  • Korea University, located in Seoul, teaches many courses in English as a strategy to position Koreans for the global workforce; study abroad students take courses alongside Korean students.
  • Extremely broad range of economics course offered, many focused specifically on Korea or Asia.
  • Many courses taught in English; no prior Korean is required. Some additional courses available in Korean for students sufficiently proficient. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

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 semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Europe

Austria

IES Austria—European Studies and Culture

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center (and University Study)
  • Large language and area studies program with extremely broad curriculum. Courses on Austria Central and Eastern Europe, and Europe as a whole. Includes several economics courses.
  • Features include internships and access to the University of Vienna, a respected university with a strong economics department.
  • IES courses are taught in English; no prior German required. Internships and University ofVienna courses require two years of prior German. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Copenhagen-based DIS, one of Europe’s largest and academically strongest study abroad programs, offers a wide variety of courses on Denmark, Scandinavia, and Europe.
  • Sample course offerings: Development Economics; Environmental Economics; Health Economics & Health Policy in Europe.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Danish is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

France

IES France—Paris Business & International Affairs

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center (plusUniversity Study)
  • Program permits you to combine courses through the IES Center with university courses taught in French at the Institute Catholique, whose disciplines include economics.
  • English-taught IES courses include Political Economy of European Integration and International Political Economy,plus many in business, international relations, etc. Internships also available.
  • No prior French required for program or its IES courses; two years of prior French required for Institute Catholique courses or internships. Fall semester,spring semester, or academic year.

Université Paul Valéry through Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Program type: University Study (there is also a Study Abroad Center track)
  • Paul Valéry’s Faculty of Economic Sciences offers courses in economic history, methodology, economic geography, and more.
  • Students in the University Study track may also take language and culture courses from the Center track, although these include no economics offerings. Internships also available.
  • Instruction is inFrench; one year French prerequisite for center track, two for university study track. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or a summer intensive language program.

Germany

IES European Union—Freiburg

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Based in Freiburg, a picturesque medieval university town at the foot of the Black Forest, this program focuses on the European Union: economics, politics, and cultural and social issues.
  • Includes visits to major EU institutions and international organizations in other countries as well as to new EU member states in Eastern Europe. Internship opportunities in Freiburg or Brussels.
  • Instruction is inEnglish; no prior German is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or summer.

University of Freiburg

  • Program type: University Study
  • Highly rated university located in an extraordinarily picturesque medieval city, and center of environmental activism, at the foot of the Black Forest near the French and Swiss borders.
  • The university’s Faculty of Economics offers many courses in the standard economics curriculum, taught at an advanced level.
  • Instruction is in German. Spring semester or academic year.

Hungary

CIEE Hungary—Central European Studies

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Multidisciplinary area studies program. Some courses focus on Hungary specific ally, more on Central Europe or Europe as a whole. Internships available.
  • Courses include Political Economy of Transition in Central Europe and Hungary, European Integration, & European Security. Participants may also take one or two university courses.
  • Instruction is inEnglish; no prior Hungarian is required. Fall semester, spring semester,or academic year.

Ireland

University College Cork (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Situated in the city of the same name (population 200,000) on the south coast of Ireland 160 miles from Dublin UCC has an enrollment of 17,000.
  • Broad range of Economics courses offered in both the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences; and the College of Business & Law
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Program type: University Study
  • One of Ireland’s leading institutions for business, science, and engineering, the University of Limerick enrollment 12,000) is located in western Ireland 125 miles from Dublin.
  • Sample course offerings: Economics of Tourism; Small Business Economics; International Monetary Economics; Globalization & International Economic Issues.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. Summer (with limited curriculum) also available through Arcadia.

Italy

Universitá di Bologna (available through Bologna Consortial Studies Program, BCSP)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Bologna, the oldest university in Europe and arguably the most prestigious in Italy, has a strong economics department.
  • BCSP program supplements UB courses with courses designed for US students. A pre-session intensive Italian course strengthens your language skills before UB classes begin
  • Instruction is in Italian. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. (Academic year option highly recommended.)

Economics Exchange in Italy

  • Program type: University Study
  • Take courses at the Universitá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, regarded as the premier university in Italy.
  • No prior Italian language required.
  • Instruction is in English and Italian on this academic year program.

Norway

The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA)

  • Based in Oslo, the program uses a carefully integrated field study, classroom study, and volunteer placement to explore the program themes.
  • The New Norway affords an excellent opportunity to learn about Scandinavian grassroots citizen involvement, as well as state support of health care, education, and economic security.
  • The New Norway includes comparative field study elsewhere—in selected regions of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Norwegian is required. Fall semester (The New Norway)

Poland

CIEE Poland—Central European Studies

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Based at the Warsaw School of Economics, this multidisciplinary program provides an excellent vantage point for examining the Eastern European transition to a market economy.
  • Students may take such CIEE courses as The Dynamics of Breakthrough in Central Europe and may choose from many economics and political science courses at WSE.
  • Instruction is inEnglish; no prior Polish is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Spain

CIEE Spain—Barcelona Business & Culture

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Designed for students with little prior Spanish, this program offers language study plus a variety of courses taught in English from the perspectives of many different disciplines.
  • Students may mix CIEE courses (including The Spanish Economy) and courses at the Escola Superior de Commerç Internacional (a number of economics courses available.
  • Instruction is in English; one semester of prior Spanish is required. Additional CIEE and ESCI courses available inSpanish. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.
  • Students sufficiently fluent in Spanish may also wish to consider CIEE Spain—Barcelona Advanced Liberal Arts,which provides access to University of Barcelona economics courses.

CIEE Spain—Barcelona Language & Culture

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Although aimed especially at business students, this program includes several economics course, as well as an internship option.
  • Students in the program also have access to avery wide range of courses in CIEE’s Liberal Arts program and, through it,in the program for foreigners at the University of Seville.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; five semesters of prior Spanish a required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

United Kingdom

HECUA Democracy & Social Change in Northern Ireland

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Highly experiential program examining historical, political, economic, and religious roots of conflict in Northern Ireland and prospects for long-term reconciliation.
  • Activities in and outside the classroom bring students in direct contact with people on all sides of the conflict. Half-time, 8-credit internship complements classroom and field study.
  • Instruction is in English. Spring semester.

University Study in the UK: Lancaster University

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located between the Irish Sea and the moors of the Pennines and just south of the Lake District, Lancaster has some 10,000 students. Economics is part of the highly ranked Management School.
  • Sample course offerings: Topics in Economics for Managers; Applied Microeconomics; Applied Macroeconomics; Monetary Economics; Human Resource Economics; Econometrics.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

London School of Economics & Political Science (available through Arcadia England or IFSA-Butler England)

  • Program type: University Study
  • One of the world’s leading institutions for the social sciences, LSE offers many economics courses. Look under Economic History as well as Economics in the online course catalog.
  • Sample course offerings: History of Economics—How Theories Change; European Economic Policy; Economic Analysis of the EU; Public Economics; Africa & the World Economy.
  • Academic year or summer (summer through ISFA-Butler only).

Queens University Belfast (available through Arcadia Northern Ireland)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Founded in Ireland in 1845, Queens holds to principles of non-denominational teaching and equality of opportunity. Small number of American students (ca. 300 out of 23,000) facilitates immersion.
  • Economics course offerings include a standard fare plus such options as Applied Econometrics; Managerial Economics; Economics of Organizations; and Regional Economics.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Study & Intern in London

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • U of M area studies program located in the heart of London and offering a multidisciplinary array of course offerings, some on Europe as a whole, the majority on Britain or specifically London.
  • Attractions include an International Economics course and several international business courses. Crown jewel is a 6-credit course-internship combination(3 credits in the summer).
  • Fall semester, spring semester, academic year,three-week May term, and/or summer.

University of East Anglia (available through ISFA-Butler England)

  • Program type: University Study
  • UEA’s location in the city of Norwich offers easy access to the continent. Besides the standard curriculum, Economics department offers many courses crossing disciplinary boundaries.
  • Sample course offerings: Economic Psychology; Economics & Society; Economics of Film& TV; The European Economy. There is even a joint degree inEconomics, Politics, & Philosophy.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

University of Edinburgh (available through Arcadia Scotland or IFSA-Butler Scotland)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Highly rated university, with a highly rated Economics department, in a beautiful city. Check the online course catalog under not only Economics but also Economic & Social History.
  • Sample course offerings: Economic Transformation in East Asia; Economics of Transition; Economics of Technical Change; New Zealand & the World Economy; U.S. Economy Since 1918.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

University Study in the UK: University of Glasgow

  • Program type: University Study
  • Adam Smith was once a professor at UG, which has one of the strongest economics departments in the UK and offers an unusually broad range of courses, both standard and unusual.
  • Sample course offerings: Environmental Economics; Natural Resource Economics; Regional Economics & the Scottish Economy; Economics of Housing; Economics of Team Sports.
  • Fall or spring semester or academic year

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Work on your CLA language requirement or on a language minor while immersed in the language
  • Complete two, three, or even four semesters of language in a semester or a summer.

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.