Learning Abroad in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Learning Abroad in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

“Our ideas, visions, passions, and dreams for a more just and nonviolent world can take shape only through dialogues across worlds. Study abroad is an invaluable tool to learn how to participate respectfully in creating such dialogues.”
—Richa Nigar, Professor, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

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 Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies before beginning your study abroad research.

Seek as much cultural immersion as you feel ready for

See gender, women & sexuality studies from another angle

Work on your gender, women & sexuality studies major or minor

Some courses in specific programs have already been approved for gender, women & sexuality studies major and minor credits.

In addition, the department will approve appropriate overseas coursework for the major and minor. Courses must have significant feminist content, although they need not necessarily be listed under gender, women & sexuality studies.

Fulfill Liberal Education and second language requirements

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID Kenya

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, and Academic Year
  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this “mini-Peace Corps” program, which focuses on development, globalization, and social justice.
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, small business lending organizations, women’s groups, orphanages, housing organizations, community centers, and more.
  • No language required for this program.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

Senegal

MSID Senegal

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, and Academic Year
  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this “mini-Peace Corps” program, which focuses on development, globalization, and social justice.
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, small business lending organizations, women’s groups, orphanages, housing organizations, community centers, and more.
  • Two years of French are required for this program.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Post-Apartheid South Africa is attempting one of the most dramatic transformations in race relations that the world has seen. This University has a variety of course offerings related to class, race, and gender. South Africa is an ideal vantage point for observing how differently another society defines and deals with issues of race and inequality.
  • Instruction is in English.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

Americas

Ecuador

MSID Ecuador

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, and Academic Year
  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this “mini-Peace Corps” program, which focuses on development, globalization, and social justice.
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, small business lending organizations, women’s groups, orphanages, housing organizations, community centers, and more.
  • Two years of Spanish are required for this program.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University of Adelaide (Available through Arcadia Australia, or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, and Academic or Calendar Year
  • The University of Adelaide offers some outstanding courses of interest for GWSS students such as: Sex, Gender, Women, Sexualities; The History and Contemporary Aspects of Women’s Writing; Feminist Film Theories; Environmental Feminism and Development Studies; and The Politics of Difference.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, and Academic or Calendar Year
  • The University of Wollongong, voted University of the Year two years in a row, has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
  • The University of Wollongong has a Department of Gender Studies that offers an interdisciplinary major program and includes courses such as Gender and Society, Feminism and the Law, and 20th Century Women Writers among others.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

New Zealand

University of Waikato (Available through UM Duluth)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, and Academic or Calendar Year
  • The University of Waikato is in Hamilton, a centrally located, lively city in the heart of New Zealand. The university is a diverse, internationally recognized institution that offers high quality education to students of all nationalities.
  • The Women’s and Gender Studies Department offers many courses of interest to Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies students. The courses explore issues such as the changing relations between women and men, the construction of ‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity,’ and the transition of gender and sexual boundaries.
  • Some of the many topics addressed include gender and the body, media representations, new reproductive technologies, sexuality, employment, education, public policy, health, ethnicity, and racism.
  • Sponsor: UM Duluth 

Thailand

MSID 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

France

Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Program Typer: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, May Term, Summer Term, and Academic Year
  • One of the premier study opportunities in France, the University of Minnesota’s own program in Montpellier attracts students from throughout the US.
  • You can combine courses from l’Université Paul Valéry with customized courses for international students in whatever mix your language level and interests dictate.
  • Internships are also offered.
  • A pre-session seeks to strengthen your language skills before you begin regular classes.
  • Instruction is in French.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

IES France– Paris

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, and Academic Year
  • This program offers several relevant courses within the curriculum, as well as opportunities for internships and to take one or two local university courses.
  • Past program participants have taken: Sex and Gender; Identity, Community, and Difference; History of Feminism, and others.
  • Taught entirely in French.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

Italy

Bologna Consortial Studies Program, University of Bologna

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Academic year or Spring Semester
  • Bologna is the oldest university in Europe and the most prestigious in Italy. The program supplements UB courses with courses designed for US students.
  • A pre-session intensive Italian course strengthens your language skills before UB classes begin. Although the preferred length of stay is an academic year, spring semester spaces are sometimes available.
  • Instruction is in Italian.
  • Sponsor: BCSP

Netherlands

Universiteit Van Amsterdam (available through IES Amsterdam)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • IES Amsterdam students directly enroll in a broad range of courses taught in English at the University of Amsterdam, including courses with a focus on sociology and sex and gender studies. Among others these include The Social Meaning of Gender, and Gender and Ethnicity.
  • With this opportunity to integrate academically and culturally with the Dutch students without prior study of the Dutch language, students experience life in a city with a reputation for progressive social welfare, lifestyles, the arts, and environmentalism.
  • Field placements include involvement with a political or advocacy group, ethnic minority organization, environmental group, or NGO, depending on the student’s background and interest. Students can also observe a Dutch political, social, or cultural institution.
  • Sponsor: IES

Norway

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

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester
  • This fall semester program, based in Oslo, Norway, offers a comparative study in selected regions of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or Estonia. The New Norway affords an excellent opportunity to explore Scandinavian grassroots citizen involvement, inequality and social justice, as well as state support of health care, education, and economic security.
  • There is no language prerequisite.
  • Sponsor: HECUA

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, May Term, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • The Toledo program, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, offers GWSS students the opportunity to analyze the evolution of “machismo” in Spain and the role of women in the working world. Courses of interest include Introduction to the History and Present Situation of Spanish Women, and Contemporary Spanish Women Writers.
  • Past internships have been at a social service organization that works with socially disadvantaged women and children, and with government programs that work with women and teenagers.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

Sweden

Study Abroad in Sweden

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Location: Stockholm
  • DIS, one of Europe's largest and academically strongest study abroad programs, offers a wide variety of courses and study tours in Stockholm, Scandinavia, and Europe.
  • Courses offered in Gender & Sexuality, Medical Practice & Policy, and Psychology.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Swedish is required. Fall or spring semester.

Örebro University, Örebro (Available through UM Duluth)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Öbebro University is located in one of Sweden’s major and dynamic cities. The University is one of the largest universities in Sweden with over 13,000 students.
  • Students have the opportunity to take courses such as Emancipation of Exploitation: Women in the Global Economy, and Gender Equality and Swedish Welfare State in English.
  • Sponsor: UM-Duluth

United Kingdom

University Study in the UK: Lancaster University

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • The Institute for Women’s Studies at Lancaster University is one of the largest in the UK and offers undergraduate, Master’s and PhD programs in Women’s Studies, as well having an active and interdisciplinary research culture.
  • The culture of the Institute for Women’s Studies at Lancaster University is interdisciplinary, innovative, and open.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

Democracy & Social Change in Northern Ireland (available through HECUA)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Students majoring in GWSS will be able to analyze the role of women in contested societies with a particular focus on the Northern Ireland conflict. Students have the opportunity to meet with women and institutions that are working towards female empowerment at a political and civic level.
  • Through a visit to the government of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Assembly, students have the opportunity to meet female members, including members of the Women’s Coalition.
  • The program includes a seven-week internship placement in a variety of settings that focus on human rights, conflict transformation, and education for democracy. In addition, students will participate in lectures, discussion, field experiences, and an integrating weekly seminar.
  • Sponsor: HECUA

Additional Options to Consider

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.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

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.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study.
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe.

Student Experiences

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