Learning Abroad in Philosophy

Learning Abroad in Philosophy

 

“Abandoning the familiar in order to travel and experience different places, people, languages, and cultures at its best fosters one's abilities to understand, analyze, and assess complex phenomena—all skills that serve the student of philosophy well. Study abroad is for the student today what the Grand Tour was for such great minds as Boswell, Goethe, and James.”
—Michelle Mason, Professor, Department of Philosophy

Department Recommendations

Review the following suggestions from the Department of Philosophy before beginning your study abroad research.

Academic Considerations for Philosophy Students

Philosophy is a very broad discipline, which encompasses a wide variety of theoretical and empirical lines of inquiry. The Department of Philosophy encourages you to explore their variety through study abroad.

Identify your professional and personal goals for your learning abroad experience

Choose from a wide variety of programs. Look for options that fit your course of study and your professional and personal goals.

Complete philosophy major credit while learning abroad

Consider varied educational experiences

Pay special attention to program type

Fulfill 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.

 

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Ghana

CIEE Ghana– Legon

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Study a wide variety of courses that focus on the political and economical changes in the Sub-Saharan country of Ghana.
  • Course options include philosophy, political science and sociology.
  • Internship and independent study options are available.
  • Instruction is in English and Twi.

Kenya

MSID Kenya

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Location: Nairobi and other locations, Kenya
  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements and internships. Work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in their area of interest.
  • Internship placements are related to development. Past examples include opportunities to work in schools, public health and nutrition, family planning, youth work, and many more.
  • Language prerequisite.

Senegal

MSID Senegal

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Location: Dakar and other locations, Senegal
  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements and internships. Work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in their area of interest.
  • Past internship placements or research categories include: public health, women's groups, education, community organization, and many more.
  • Two years of College-level French required.

South Africa

CIEE South Africa

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Participants in this program, based in and around Cape Town, engage in community service while taking part in a rigorous academic program.
  • Service component is tied to the core course as well as the capstone project.
  • Daily reflection activities include journaling, periodic reporting, discussion and written papers.
  • Service placements related to youth studies are available in child development, education and health.

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Sitting between Table Mountain and the ocean, Cape Town is a mix of European and African influences, boasting cultural activities as well as beautiful natural scenery.
  • Take courses in philosophy that include Classical Political Philosophy; Language, Thought, and Reality and many more.
  • Other course options include psychology, economics, political science and many others.
  • Instruction is in English.

Americas

Argentina

IFSA Butler Argentina

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic year
  • Combine intensive language and culture courses, university courses, and specially designed program courses while living in Buenos Aires or Mendoza.
  • Choose from Several University study programs that offer philosophy and other related courses.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish.

CIEE Argentina

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic or Calendar year
  • This program is designed to help students with a strong command of the Spanish language and interest in social sciences and humanities gain an in-depth knowledge of South American politics, economics, history, literature, and society.
  • Students take part in unique CIEE courses as well as courses taken at FLASCO.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish.

Dominican Republic

CIEE Dominican Republic– Santiago

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Engage in active service while reflecting upon the complexities and challenges facing Santiago’s Cibao region.
  • Integrate academics and urban or rural community-based service.
  • Live in a developing Caribbean country and learning about society, culture, and politics.

Chile

IFSA-Butler Chile

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • Combine intensive language and culture courses, university courses, and specially designed program courses while living in Santiago or Valparaíso.
  • Choose from several university study programs that offer philosophy and other related courses.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish.

CIEE Chile

  • Program Type: Host-Study University
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic yea
  • Take a wide range of courses at a prestigious university in Santiago, Chile.
  • Courses available include communications, law/legal studies, philosophy, and political science.
  • Earn a Human Rights Certificate.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish.

IES Chile– Santiago

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • By choosing to study in Santiago, Chile, you will be immersing yourself in a country that is an emerging economic power with modern social programs and ties to both Europe and Asia.
  • Take courses at the IES study center and at local universities.
  • Explore a wide variety of subjects including area course studies, language, and philosophy.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish.

Ecuador

MSID Ecuador

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Location: Quito and other locations, Ecuador
  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements and internships. Work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in their area of interest.
  • MSID internships and research projects are related to development, and are grassroots-immersing you directly and personally in the social realities of the poorer strata of the population.
  • Past examples includes opportunities to work in schools, public health and nutrition, family planning, youth work, and many more.
  • Two years of College-level Spanish required.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term
  • This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding, need to fulfill liberal arts requirements, and want to participate in an internship related to their field of study.
  • Take a variety of Australian area courses.
  • Participate in an unpaid internship.

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Program Type: Host - University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • The University of Melbourne is an internationally acclaimed institution, known for academic excellence and achievement in education and research.
  • Classes in philosophy include Great Thinkers in Moral Philosophy; Analytic Philosophy; and Chinese Philosophy.

University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • Located in a seaside city of about 250,000 people just south of Sydney, Wollongong is a highly international university.
  • Classes in philosophy include Contemporary European Philosophy; International Studies in Philosophy; Political Philosophy; and much more.

India

CIEE India

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Students have the opportunity to explore India’s cultural and religious diversity while experiencing the impact of modernity upon tradition.
  • Take classes in philosophy, history, economics, and many more.
  • Language of instruction is in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Telugu.

Japan

Exchange in Tokyo, Japan: Sophia University

  • Program Type: Study Center Program with a university component
  • Program Term: Spring Semester, Academic year
  • Housing: Apartment, Dormitory
  • Intensive Japanese language study available
  • Non-language courses available in English including philosophy courses 
  • Volunteer opportunities are available

IES Japan

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Small classes in the midst of fast paced Tokyo provide a great mix of the fast paced society that is still bound by tradition.
  • Take courses on Japanese language instruction.
  • Area studies courses include anthropology, international relations, economics, and more.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • The University of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest university is an international center for learning.
  • The university offers courses in philosophy such as Community, Society, and Rights; Philosophy and Gender; and 20th Century German Philosophy.
  • Students may also take related courses in psychology, sociology, and other areas.

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • Founded in 1869, the University of Otago has a long and rich history of education.
  • Course options in philosophy include Philosophy of Mind and Language; Philosophy of Science; and Moral Philosophy.
  • Students can take courses in related fields of study.

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • Wellington is located on the North Island immediately across the Cook Strait from the South Island.
  • Courses for philosophy major students include philosophy, political studies, and economics.

South Korea

CIEE South Korea: Yonsei University

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Yonsei University is located in the heart of Seoul and has an extensive curriculum in English.
  • Courses include philosophy and related field courses.
  • Take courses on Asian philosophy as well as feminist philosophy and philosophy of culture.

Thailand 

MSID - International Development in Thailand

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements and internships. Work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in their area of interest.
  • Internship placements are related to development. Past examples include opportunities to work in schools, public health and nutrition, family planning, youth work, and many more.
  • No language prerequisite.

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Choose a track of study focusing on European Humanities, European Politics, or International Business.
  • Includes extensive study tours in Denmark and elsewhere in Europe.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Danish is required.

France

CIEE France– Paris

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • This program examines critical approaches to contemporary French thought in the fields of literature, film, philosophy, art, and aesthetics.
  • Supplement center-based coursework with one or more courses at the Université de Paris III (Sorbonne-Nouvelle).
  • Instruction is in French.

Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, May Term, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • One of the premier study opportunities in France is the University of Minnesota’s program in Montpellier.
  • Combine courses from Université Paul Valéry with special courses for international students.
  • Students must have excellent French language skills and a solid background in philosophy to attend.
  • A pre-session course strengthens your language skills before you being regular classes.
  • Instruction is in French.

Germany

IES Germany

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Courses are through both the IES center and the renowned Humboldt University.
  • Students can take courses on such topics as German political thought, international politics, political sociology, social policy, and political theory.
  • Strong field study and internship opportunities supplement the classroom program.
  • Instruction is in German.

University of Freiburg, Germany

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • This program provides the opportunity to enroll at the Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg in the beautiful city of Freiburg located within the Alps.
  • The university offers many courses in the philosophy department as well as other related subjects.
  • Instruction is in German.

Norway

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

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: The New Norway is offered fall semester
  • Program uses carefully integrated field study, classroom study, and volunteer placements to explore themes.
  • Comparative field study in selected regions of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark 
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Norwegian is required. Offered fall semester. 

Exchange in Oslo 

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest and oldest university.
  • The university offers courses such as Philosophy of Action and Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.
  • Choose from a wide variety of courses in the science, social science, health care management, humanities, and the environment.
  • Instruction is in English.

Scotland

University of St. Andrews (available through Arcadia Scotland)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Enjoy a rich and stimulating philosophical environment situated on a cliff-top with sea views over St. Andrews Bay towards the Angus coast and the Grampian Mountains.
  • Courses in philosophy focus on metaphysics, logic, moral philosophy, and the history of philosophy.
  • Other related field course work is available.

Spain

CIEE Spain– Barcelona

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • A variety of available program tracks and course offerings are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students.
  • The Liberal arts track offers coursework in English and Spanish for students with beginner to advanced Spanish language skills.
  • Based on language level, students enroll in CIEE electives and courses for foreign students at Universitat de Barcelona.

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, May Term, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Set in Toledo, Spain, this program offers courses in language, culture and philosophy.
  • Philosophy courses are taught at both the study center and the local university, la Universidad de Castilla la Mancha.
  • The international Program in Toledo, Spain offers internships assisting in local schools alongside a classroom education.
  • Instruction is in Spanish.

Study & Intern in Madrid

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
  • English taught coursework and English speaking internships available in a variety of fields
  • Contemporary Moral Problems: Ethics is equivalent to PHIL 3302
  • The Philosophy of Religion: The Problem of God is equivalent to PHIL 3521
  • Live with a Spanish host family
  • Instruction is in English; however, one semester of college-level Spanish is required

United Kingdom

London School of Economics (offered through Arcadia England and IFSA Butler)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic Year
  • Arcadia offers placement in the London School of Economics, known for its cutting-edge research and extraordinary faculty.
  • Located in Central London, LSE is enveloped by the bustling metropolis of London.
  • Take classes through the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method.

Northern Ireland: Democracy & Social Change

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Program Term: Spring Semester
  • A seven-week internship, either in Belfast or London/Derry, allows students to be directly involved in efforts of social change toward a peaceful future.
  • Discover diverse perspectives gained during the internship component.
  • Internship sites related to youth studies have included Public Achievement Northern Ireland, peace and Reconciliation Group, and St. Columb’s Park House.

Study & Intern in London

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Term
  • This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding, need to fulfill liberal arts requirements, and want to participate in an internship related to their field of study.
  • Take a variety of Australian area courses.
  • Participate in an unpaid internship.
  • service-learning engagements with the local community are available.

University of East Anglia (available through IFSA Butler)

  • University of East Anglia (UAE) is one of the UK's top research
    universities, with a long established reputation for philosophy and
    for inter-disciplinary work across the boundaries between philosophy
    and other subjects.
  • UEA has special research expertise in philosophy of
    language/linguistics, Classical Philosophy, and History of Modern
    Philosophy.
  • Students can take classes in any of the numerous degree programs
    offering including, Philosophy with History, BA Art History and
    Philosophy, and BA Philosophy.

University Study in the UK: University of Lancaster

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • The department’s philosophical distinctiveness lies in the plurality of approaches including philosophy of mind and psychology, political philosophy, and in applied philosophy and bioethics.
  • Courses offer a wide range of topics in philosophy and other topics.
  • Students can take courses within various degree programs, including BA Ethics, Philosophy and Religion; BA History, Philosophy, and Politics; and BA Philosophy and Politics.

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.  

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.