Learning Abroad in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Learning Abroad in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

“See the world to learn about yourself in order to better serve others.”
—Kathryn Kohnert, Professor Emeritus, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

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 Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences before beginning your study abroad research.

Seek cultural immersion

Look for program that provides insights into another culture

Work on your SLHS major or minor

You can take courses abroad to fulfill up to three SLHS major or minor requirements. The following course equivalents can be taken abroad:

Develop or improve second language skills

Fulfill liberal education requirements

What are the best times to study abroad?

It is recommended that you study abroad within the first two years of your undergraduate career. This is due to the sequencing of coursework in the major and the limited number of equivalent courses that can be taken abroad.  Juniors and seniors may have more limited options. May or summer term programs may be a good match if you are considering study abroad later in your undergraduate career. All students will need to work closely with your adviser to find when would be the best time for you to go abroad based on the courses you have already completed.

Senior major project

SLHS students can complete their major project abroad if they obtain the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The project must involve a written document supervised by a professor that represents a scholarly analysis of a topic in Speech, Language or Hearing. Juniors and seniors considering study abroad should also be aware that the Major Project course (SLHS 3402W) is only offered in the fall semester.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Participate in this field study-based program that focuses on development, globalization, and social justice
  • Complete an internship in a social work agency, small business lending organization, women’s group, orphanage, housing organization, community center, and more
  • Gain second language experience for your future career

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Participate in this field study-based program that focuses on development, globalization, and social justice
  • Complete an internship in a social work agency, small business lending organization, women’s group, orphanage, housing organization, community center, and more
  • Gain second language experience for your future career

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 

  • Study at the University of Cape Town, one of South Africa's leading institutions
  • Take courses in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center

Americas

Argentina

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

  • Study in Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the Americas”
  • Learn or improve your Spanish with intensive language courses
  • Take a variety of courses in English

Brazil

CIEE Brazil– Salvador da Bahia

  • Study Portuguese language intensively at any level while gaining an introduction to Brazilian culture, literature, and history
  • Study in Salvador is a living museum of colonial architecture and the pulsating capital of contemporary Afro-Brazilian culture

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Participate in this field study-based program that focuses on development, globalization, and social justice
  • Complete an internship in a social work agency, small business lending organization, women’s group, orphanage, housing organization, community center, and more
  • Gain second language experience for your future career

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • One of Australia’s oldest universities, the University of Melbourne attracts students from many disciplines
  • The university’s Linguistics and Applied Linguistics department offers a range of relevant core courses, including Phonetics and First Language Acquisition, as well as interesting electives such as Language in Aboriginal Australia.

Macquarie University (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Located in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde, Macquarie University is one of Australia’s most dynamic and progressive universities. The Department of Linguistics offers courses such as Phonetics and Phonology that fit well with the SLHS major

Japan

IES Japan– Nagoya

  • Study at Nanzan University’s Center for Japanese Studies
  • Take intensive language instruction and area studies coursework, including economics, history, Japanese civilization, political science, religion, and sociology

Thailand 

MSID - International Development in Thailand

  • Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice
  • Contribute through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required

Europe

United Kingdom

University Study in the UK: Lancaster University

  •  Located between the Irish Sea and the moors of the Pennines, Lancaster enrolls some 10,000 students
  •  Enroll in courses as Language Acquisition and Language Origins

University College (available through Arcadia England or IFSA-Butler England)

  •  UCL is among England’s most prestigious and diverse universities.
  •  SLHS students can take major coursework, including Phonetics and Phonology and Children’s Language Development, or electives such as Introduction to Developmental, Cognitive and Social Psychology

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program

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.