Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Global Studies

“Study abroad is the best way for you to indulge your curiosity about the world beyond our borders. Whether you are examining a thematic issue from a new perspective, immersing yourself in a particular region of concentration, or honing your language skills, your experiences abroad will force you to understand global studies in exciting new ways. There is simply no substitute for such an experience.”

Evelyn Davidheiser, Director, Institute for Global Studies

Academic Planning Recommendations

  • Study abroad programs that are 6 weeks or longer fulfill your “experiential learning” requirement for the global studies major.
  • Choose a study abroad program in your region to complete regional course requirements.
  • Choose a study abroad based on your theme to complete thematic course requirements.
  • Many programs can complete both theme and region requirements, especially programs that allow you to directly enroll at a foreign university.
  • There is no “best” time for everyone to go abroad, although global studies majors often find that studying abroad during their sophomore or junior year works the best.

Liberal Education Requirements

Search the U Credit Abroad Search. You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online.

Major and Minor Requirements

  • Only upper-division courses will fulfill requirements in the global studies major.
  • Keep in mind that GloS 3144 and GloS 3145, required courses for the major and minor, are offered only in the fall (GloS 3144) and spring (GloS 3145) semesters.

Who will advise me and help me with course approvals?

Learning Abroad Center advisers can help you find program and course information to help you prepare for your study abroad academic planning discussion with your academic adviser. Once you have narrowed your options, use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Botswana

University of Botswana (available through ISEP Botswana)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in Gaborone, the capital of one of Africa’s best governed and most stable countries, the University of Botswana has a student body of 12,000.
  • Among the departments of inherent interest to global studies students are African languages and literatures, history, political & administrative studies, population studies, and sociology.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of an African language is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—African electives; Thematic: Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Ghana

University of Ghana (available through ISEP Ghana)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Comprehensive university on the outskirts of the capital, Accra, supplemented by ISEP courses plus the option of doing a research project and/or a community-focused internship.
  • Extensive African studies curriculum includes such disciplines as art history, anthropology, gender studies, geography, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of a West African language is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—African coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Israel

University Study in Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Program type: University Study
  • Instruction at the Rothberg International School is in English; no prior Hebrew is required. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.
  • The Rothberg International School also offers a six-week intensive Arabic program during the summer. Beginning and intermediate courses are available.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—Middle East coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Depending on coursework (see adviser). Can work well also for Arabic or Hebrew language study.

Kenya

The School for Field Studies Kenya—Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience

  • Program type: Study Center
  • Examine how land-use practices within Maasai group ranches can be sustainably managed to promote both local economic livelihoods and wildlife conservation.
  • This program examines the dynamic and complex real-world environmental issues on the ground in Kenya. Concepts in wildlife management, behavioral ecology, impacts and adaptation to climate change, human-wildlife conflict, and community-based conservation.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—African coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion; Global Studies is among the most popular majors of participants.
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, education, and many more.
  • Instruction is in French. Fall or Spring semester.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—African coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Can fulfill 1 to 3 courses for all themes.
  • For students interested in doing research, MSID—Senegal is an International UROP-eligible program

South Africa

University of Cape Town (available through IES South Africa)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Post-Apartheid South Africa is attempting one of the most dramatic transformations in race relations that the world has seen. Extensive volunteer opportunities supplement classroom work.
  • Look for relevant courses under African Studies, Environmental & Geographical Science, Media & Communication, History, Political Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Development, many others.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of African languages required. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—African coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Americas

Argentina

Study & Intern in Buenos Aires

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Very cost-effective UofM language and area studies program open to all but aimed especially at students with insufficient Spanish language skills to take courses taught in Spanish.
  • Sample courses: Politics & Society in Latin America; Latin American Economy—Argentine Perspectives. All students also take 2 Spanish courses. Community engagement course is also available.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Spanish is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or summer.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—Latin American coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Depending on Coursework (see adviser).

Costa Rica

School for Field Studies Costa Rica—Sustainable Development Studies

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Strongly field-oriented program based at a field station in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Includes considerable research plus (semester only) an extended Nicaraguan field trip.
  • Semester courses focus on tropical ecology, sustainable development, resource management, and ethical and economic issues in sustainability..
  • Instruction is in English. Semester program requires one prior course each in Spanish and ecology or environmental science, summer program none. Fall semester, spring semester, or summer.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—Latin American coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Environment & Sustainable Development electives.

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion; Global Studies is among the most popular majors of participants.
  • Past internship placements include rural women’s empowerment, literacy, public health/nutrition, sustainable agriculture, community environmental conservation, fishing or handicraft cooperatives.
  • Instruction is in Spanish. Fall or Spring semester.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—Latin American coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Can fulfill 1 to 3 courses for all themes.
  • For students interested in doing research, MSID—Ecuador is an International UROP-eligible program

 

Asia and Oceania

Japan

Exchange in Hiroshima, Japan: Hiroshima University

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center and University Study
  • Japanese language study plus content courses taught in English, some in special study abroad program, others for Japanese students as well.
  • Sample center courses: Japanese Society & Gender Issues; Japanese Culture & Education; Japanese Society & Lifestyles; Peace & Human Rights; Development Economics; Internship.
  • Instruction is in English; prior Japanese language study preferred but not required. Spring semester or academic year.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—East Asian coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Exchange in Tokyo, Japan: Sophia University

  • Program type: University Study
  • Jesuit university with two campuses, one of which teaches in English and draws both foreign students and Japanese students who have lived abroad for extended periods of time.
  • Sophia offers a wealth of courses on Japan or East Asia in anthropology, art history, history, international business & economics, literature, philosophy & religion, political science, languages.
  • Instruction is in English; prior Japanese language study preferred but not required. Spring semester or academic year.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—East Asian coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Exchange in Nagoya, Japan: Nagoya University

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 courses 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 research further enrich cultural immersion; Global Studies is among the most popular majors of participants.
  • Possible internship placements include: Researching sustainable energy, teaching English in a local school or NGO, work with organizations that are helping young girls who have been trafficked or are at risk of being trafficked
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai is required. Fall or Spring semester.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—Asian coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Can fulfill 1 to 3 courses for all themes.
  • For students interested in doing research, MSID—Thailand is an International UROP-eligible program

 

Europe

Austria

IES Austria—European Studies and Culture

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Large language and area studies program with extremely broad curriculum. Some courses on Austria, others on Central and Eastern Europe, and others on Europe as a whole.
  • Includes opportunities for business internships (German required), public service internships (no language requirement), or education field experiences (no language requirement).
  • Instruction is in English; no prior German is required. Students sufficiently proficient may also take IES or University of Vienna courses in German. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—European coursework (see adviser); Thematic— Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Exchange in Austria: University of Graz

  • Program type: University Study
  • Law courses taught in English are available to UofM Global Studies students through the Diploma studies program
  • Human rights is a focus of the Law Faculty, which has a research cluster on human rights, democracy, diversity and gender
  • Academic year or spring semester

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.
  • Exceptionally broad, multidisciplinary curriculum. Sample tracks include European Humanities, European Politics, Justice and Human Rights, and Sustainability in Europe.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Danish is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—European coursework (see adviser); Thematic— Depending on coursework (see adviser).

France

IES France—Paris Business & International Affairs

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center (plus University Study)
  • Program permits you to combine courses through the IES Center with university courses at the Institute Catholique, whose disciplines include both political science and international relations.
  • IES curriculum includes courses on French politics, comparative European politics, international political economy, and political economy of European integration. Internships also available.
  • Instruction is in French. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—European coursework (see adviser); Thematic— Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Language & Culture in Southern France

  • Program type: University Study and Study Abroad Center (two tracks)
  • Permits a mix of special language and culture courses for international students and regular Université Paul Valéry courses in a proportion suitable to each student’s language proficiency.
  • Paul Valéry curriculum includes a rich array of courses, in various disciplines, not only on France but also on southern European politics or the Mediterranean more broadly. Internships offered.
  • Instruction is in French; one year French prerequisite for center track, two for university study track. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or a summer intensive language program.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—European coursework (see adviser); Thematic— Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Germany

IES Germany—Berlin Language & Area Studies

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Having been on the front lines of the Cold War and a major focal point of US foreign policy during the twentieth century, Berlin is fascinating city to experience as it seeks to become whole again.
  • Area studies program that also offers internships and access to two of Germany’s top institutions, the Freie Universitat of Berlin (formerly in the West) and Humboldt University (formerly in the East).
  • Instruction is in German; two years prior college language study required. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—European coursework (see adviser); Thematic— Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Iceland

Exchange in Iceland: University of Iceland

  • Program type: University Study
  • One of the great bargains in study abroad. Two students annually receives scholarships covering tuition and fees, room and board.
  • Iceland-focused courses available in archeology, cultural studies, folklore, history, language, literature, sociology, Viking studies, as well as many Europe-focused courses in political science.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Icelandic is required. Academic year only.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—European coursework (see adviser); Thematic— Depending on coursework (see adviser).

Italy

Study & Intern in Florence

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • UofM program that offers Italian language, English-taught area studies coursework and an internship option
  • Sample courses: History and Sociology of Modern Consumerism, Literary Representations of Florence: Space, Self and the other, and Internships in Florence: A Comparative Approach to the Italian Workforce
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Italian is required. Fall semester or spring semester.
  • Major requirements most often satisfied: Regional—European coursework (see adviser); Thematic—Culture, Power, Place; other themes (see adviser).

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.