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Learning Abroad for German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch

    Academic Planning Recommendations

    • Select a program that allows you to continue your language development through coursework and cultural activities.
    • Plan your language course sequence carefully so that you can continue with your language program upon your return.
    • Ideally, you should have completed at least two years of language coursework at the University of Minnesota prior to studying abroad in order to maximize the further development of your language skills overseas.

    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 

    • The Director of Undergraduate Studies IN GNSD will screen overseas coursework and help you fit appropriate courses into your major or minor requirements.
    • Look for junior- and senior-level courses.
    • Look for courses that provide further instruction in your language of study
    • Look for courses that investigate the literature or culture of the country in which you are studying.

    College of Liberal Arts Language Requirement 

    Courses taken abroad for the CLA Language Requirement (for BA degrees) 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 a course level is not explicitly stated, you must work with your CLA adviser to have the course evaluated by the appropriate language department. Advisers cannot approve these courses. 

    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 down your program options communicate with your department adviser to use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.

    Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch for further information about study abroad in Austria, Finland, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands (including Dutch-speaking Belgium), Norway, Russia, Sweden, and German-speaking Switzerland.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students




    Bilateral Exchange in Graz

    • This very affordable exchange lets you take classes at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria at a reduced cost
    • The Karl Franzens is a 500-year-old comprehensive university with a large student population. Graz is the second largest city in Austria, and provides beautiful scenery situated along the River Mur with sweeping city parks and promenades
    • Students enroll in courses across the university and have the option to take German language classes


    Study Abroad in Denmark

    • Explore the vibrant city of Copenhagen, take courses at the DIS study center in the downtown historic district
    • Take Danish language courses and a full range of coursework in English taught by majority Danish and European faculty
    • Option to live in a local homestay to further improve language skills and cultural integration


    University of Helsinki - ISEP Direct

    • The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic learning in Finland and currently enrolls over 36,000 degree-seeking students
    • Languages of instruction are in Finnish and Swedish with a wide variety of courses taught in English
    • Course offerings include: Finnish and/or Swedish language, Arts, Behavioral Sciences, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Science, Social Sciences 


    Exchange in Germany

    • This exchange is with Freie University-Berlin
    • Berlin is the largest city in Germany with a vibrant cultural life and a rich history
    • Students take German language and German-taught courses in a broad range of disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
    • Freie University offers special funding for UofM exchange students including a settling-in allowance, local transportation pass, and payment of student union fee

    Study at the University of Freiburg

    • Freiburg is a medieval city on the edge of the Black Forest in southwest Germany. It is a university town that preserves its youthful atmosphere year round with festivals, music concerts, and street theatre
    • Students enroll in courses at the University of Freiburg with an opportunity to take German language classes as well

    IES Germany—Berlin

    • This program, designed for advanced students of German, offers special program courses in areas such as German language and literature, business, economics, and history. In addition, students can take regular university classes at Humboldt University. Instruction is in German.
    • This program also offers an extensive range of internships in many fields

    Language and Culture in Germany (available through UofM—Duluth)

    • This May-term program allows students to take German language classes in Berlin and Potsdam
    • Potsdam is located immediately outside Berlin and is home to picturesque city squares and Frederick the Great’s palatial retreat


    University of Iceland (available through Scholarship Exchange Iceland)

    • Study at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik on this scholarship exchange
    • The University of Iceland is the largest institution in the country, offering 60 degree programs to over 8,000 students.

    The Netherlands

    Bilateral Exchange in Amsterdam

    • Study in Amsterdam, the thriving capital of the Netherlands, and a city of canals, parks, world-class museums, and cobblestone streets
    • Take classes at the University of Amsterdam, a comprehensive and internationally oriented research university
    • Take courses alongside Dutch students and choose from a wide variety of coursework taught in English. Students can also take Dutch language courses at various levels

    IES Netherlands

    • This program combines courses offered by IES with classes at the University of Amsterdam
    • Students with previous Dutch language proficiency can continue their language program at the Dutch Institute and enroll in a course at the University of Amsterdam taught in Dutch


    Exchange in Oslo 

    • Study at the University of Oslo, Norway’s largest and oldest university
    • Choose from a wide variety of courses in the sciences, social sciences, health care management, humanities, and the environment

    University Study in Norway: University of Bergen

    • Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is known as the gateway to the world-famous fjords of Norway.
    • The University of Bergen offers a variety of classes in both English and Norwegian. Examples include Language and Literature Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Geosciences.


    Exchanges in Sweden (available through UofM—Duluth)

    • Study at one of six top Swedish universities alongside Swedish students
    • The following universities are available: Blekinge Technical U, Karlskrona & Ronneby Jönköping U, Jönköping Luleå Technical U, Luleå Umeå U, Umeå U of Örebro, Örebro Växjö U, Växjö

    Study Abroad in Sweden

    • Experience old world charm in a bustling and modern city that stretches across 14 islands; take course at the DIS study center
    • Take Swedish (any level) and a full range of coursework in English taught by majority Swedish and European faculty
    • Option to live in a local homestay to further improve language skills and cultural integration


    Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

    Additional Options to Consider 

    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.

    Special scholarship and internship opportunities exist for German-speaking opportunities.

    • DAAD undergraduate scholarship provides funding for a semester experience in Germany. Visit the DAAD website for more information.

    Intern in Germany (CDS)

    • A variety of paid and unpaid internships are open to you for varying lengths, locations, and career fields. This is a non-credit internship program available through Carl Duisberg Society (CDS). Students may seek academic credit through a directed study contract with a UMTC faculty member.