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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

     

    Academic Planning Recommendations

    Best Time To Go 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.

    Major and Minor Requirements

    • You can take courses abroad to fulfill up to three SLHS major or minor requirements. The following course equivalents can be taken abroad: Phonetics (SLHS 3304), Language Acquisition and Science (SLHS 3303), an elective that would take the place of The Physics and Biology of Spoken Language (SLHS 1301) or The Talking Brain (SLHS 1402), or other courses may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the SLHS department.
    • Proficiency or fluency in a second language is a valuable skill for a future career as a speech pathologist or audiologist. Students can take language courses that count toward the CLA language requirement. Many intensive language programs are offered.
    • SLHS students who plan to go on to graduate school may want to consider learning Spanish at the U of M. The graduate program has many opportunities for Spanish speakers.

    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.

    Liberal Education Requirements

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

    College of Liberal Arts Language Requirement

    Courses taken abroad for the CLA Language Requirement (for BA degrees) must be at least 4 credits. CLA college advisers can approve courses that are clearly identified in a syllabus or online course description as first-, second-, third-, or fourth-semester language courses. If a course level is not explicitly stated, you must work with your CLA adviser to have the course evaluated by the appropriate language department. Advisers cannot approve these courses. 

    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. 

    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

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • 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, a housing organization, community center, and more
    • Gain second language experience for your future career

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • 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, a 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 & Intern 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

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • 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, a 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 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 to an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required

    Europe

    United Kingdom

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

    •  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 a 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.