Learning Abroad in German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch majors

Learning Abroad for German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch majors


Department Recommendations

Review the following suggestions from the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch before beginning your study abroad research.

Seek cultural immersion

  • Look for programs that offer significant cultural integration. Deep involvement in the host culture leads to personal growth and builds cross-cultural skills.
  • You are encouraged to consider programs that get you into classes with host-country students at a host university and programs that get you out of the classroom and into the community.
  • Seek a program that houses you with a family or host-country roommate, or look for systematic experiences outside the classroom such as internships, service-learning or research opportunities, or the option to take some courses in a host-country university.
  • Be realistic; not all students are ready for the same amount of cultural immersion.

Improve second language skills

  • 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, students should have completed at least two years of language coursework at the University of Minnesota prior to studying abroad in order to maximize your language skills overseas.

Work on your German, Scandinavian or Dutch major or minor

Talk to your adviser

Meet with your department adviser to discuss your program interests:

Dutch: Jenneke Oosterhoff (612.625.3380)

Finnish: Dan Karvonen (612.626.1651)

German: Arsena Laneva-Lockney (612-625-0999)

Icelandic: Lena Norrman (612.626.7971)

Norwegian: Hanna Zmijewski-Emerson (612.624.4467)

Swedish: Lena Norrman (612.626.7971)


  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies 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 investigate the literature or culture of the country in which you are studying.
  • Use an Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure and document your consultation with your major adviser. List more courses on the form than you will actually take. A particular course or schedule may not be available on-site, and it will be useful to have prior feedback on additional courses from the adviser particular to your language. If your course choices change, notify your adviser via email.
  • For tentative pre-approval of a course abroad, provide a syllabus to the German, Scandinavian and Dutch Director of Undergraduate Studies for review at least a month before departure.
  • For exact course substitution, be certain to bring syllabi, reading lists, and other course materials back with you from your study abroad program. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will use them to determine exact course equivalencies.

Liberal Education

You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses taken abroad so you don’t fulfill them on campus. Consult the Learning Abroad Center’s Liberal Education database of study abroad courses that have already been evaluated or submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

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




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

Study Abroad in Copenhagen

  • Study at the University of Copenhagen and live like a Danish student
  • Take courses in English or Danish
  • Six different faculties (colleges) and over 100 departments in this comprehensive and prestigious university
  • Nordic Studies and Linguistics Department; free pre-semester Danish language courses (optional; students pay housing, board)


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

Junior Year in Munich

  • This program is endorsed by the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. 
  • This program is located in Munich, a vibrant city rich with cultural activities and easy access to the nearby mountains.
  • Students choose from a range of special program courses, internships, research opportunities and integrated courses at the prestigious Ludwig Maximillian University. All coursework is in German.
  • Special scholarships are offered to UofM students by the Junior Year in Munich Program.

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


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

  • This program is based in Oslo
  • Students enroll in Norwegian language courses or complete an independent study project
  • Student examine the development of the Scandinavian welfare states in a time of globalization and multiculturalism
  • Student take three interrelated courses and a volunteer placement/internship that provide unique perspectives on how the Norwegian social democracy, in particular, and Scandinavian welfare states, in general, are working to address the challenges posed by recent increases in immigration and cultural and ethnic diversity. 

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.

Student Experiences

James in Austria

James, a Chemical Engineering and German major, studied in Austria for a semester in his junior year.

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