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Learning Abroad in Technical Writing & Communication

    "We highly encourage our Technical Writing and Communication majors to consider studying abroad for a portion of their undergraduate studies. Study abroad offers students rewarding cultural and educational experiences, and can enhance their understanding of global contexts for technical communication. Technical communication increasingly involves intercultural tasks such as translation of documentation and virtual teamwork that involves collaboration across the globe. The cultural experience students gain through study abroad can help sharpen student sensitivities to language and perception in other cultures."
    —Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Writing Studies

     

    Academic Planning Recommendations

    Review the undergraduate major and minor requirements before beginning your study abroad research.  No program is “best” for everyone. The trick is to find the right learning abroad option for you.

    • Consider programs that offer courses that would meet Sub-Plan requirements.
    • As you plan your learning abroad experience, be sure to refer to the Major Advising Page associated with your SubPlan. Work with your adviser to explore how you might integrate an experience abroad into your undergraduate career.

    Sub-plan 1. Information Technology and Design

    Consider study programs as well as programs that focus on internships and community engagement.

    Sub-plan 2. Biological and Health Sciences

    Consider programs such as Biology/Public Health field schools that offer cultural integration.

    Sub-plan 3. Legal Discourse and Public Policy

    Consider programs that allow you to gain experience through Parliamentary Internship or a community engagement opportunity.

    Sub-plan 4. Environmental Science

    Consider programs that provide Internships/Volunteer activities in Ecology and Community-based Natural Resource Management.

    WRIT 4196 Internship in Technical Writing & Communication

    • International internships are a great way to further develop your knowledge and skills. The Learning Abroad Center provides a number of resources for you to explore and learn about international internship opportunities.
    • The Learning Abroad Center offers programs with a credit-bearing internship component.
    • Work, Intern and Volunteer (WIV) programs are also available on the LAC website. These programs are non-academic and not for credit.
    • Must be pre-approved by adviser. 

    Liberal Education Requirements

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

    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:

    • Use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.
    • Once you have identified the courses that you want to take abroad (always choosing more courses than you intend to take), meet with the Writing Studies adviser—preferably at least 3 months before departure. Bring your transcripts, your APSA form, and the course descriptions. Do the same in other departments for declared minors.
    • If your preferred study abroad program is not credit-bearing, explore with your advisers the possibility of earning credit for your experience abroad through credit by exam or as a Directed Studies course under faculty supervision. Be aware that both options have cost implications.
    • To complete the APSA process you will also need a signature from a college adviser.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion.
    • Past MSID health internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness, environmental monitoring, animal care for conservation/rehabilitation. Interns observe daily activities, assist with non-sensitive care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries.
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required
    • Sub-Plan 2: Biological and Health Sciences

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Australian National University, Canberra (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA Australia)

    • At the Institute for Applied Ecology, Environmental Science sub-plan students can take a variety of classes. At the Human Computer Communication Laboratory, Information and Technology sub-plan students will find entrance into several related courses.

    University of New South Wales (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA Australia)

    • Situated in Sydney, the University of New South Wales is a leader in teaching and research in Australia
    • The Program in Science Communication provides courses in professional science communication and communication science in theory and practice.

    New Zealand

    University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago, Dunedin

     The university has a strong interdisciplinary program in Communication Studies.

    Europe

    Ireland

    University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

    • On the banks of the River Shannon above the ancient city of Limerick.
    • The university has one of the few programs in Technical Communication in Europe.

    United Kingdom

    City University, London (available through Arcadia UK)

    • City offers several full-year opportunities of interest such as Professional Communications Skills and Principles of Human Computer Interaction.

    University of Leeds (available through IFSA United Kingdom)

    • One of the largest institutions in the UK, with a huge selection of courses and departments.
    • Their top ranked Department of Communications offers courses in topics such as Science Journalism, Internet Communications and Interface Design. 

    University College, London (available through Arcadia England or IFSA United Kingdom)

    • UCL’s program in Science and Technology Studies offers courses such as Science and Mass Media, and Communication of Scientific Ideas.

    Additional Options to Consider

    Global Seminars

    • Participate in a short term international experience, earn credit and fulfill liberal education requirements
    • Ten or more locations and themes offered each year during winter break and May session

    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.