Learning Abroad in Sociology- General

Learning Abroad in Sociology- General

Study Abroad Process

Review 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 Sociology before beginning your study abroad research.

Freshman year

Sophomore and junior years

Senior year

How will the study abroad program fulfill my requirements?

Liberal Education: You may take liberal education requirements through study abroad; decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses taken abroad and plan your coursework accordingly. Consult the Learning Abroad Center’s U-Credit Abroad database of study abroad courses that have been evaluated and approved to meet U of M liberal education requirements, or submit a course online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements.

Major or Minor Requirements: With careful planning, it is possible to take courses to fulfill Sociology major and minor requirements abroad, as well as participate in Internship or Directed Study opportunities.  Consult with your departmental academic adviser regarding your specific needs and situation.

Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA)Use the APSA form to structure your academic planning.  All instructions you will need are on the form.

Important academic details for sociology majors and minors

How to map out your academic plan with your adviser

Financing Learning Abroad

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion. Provides deep insights into social issues.
  • Past internship placements include rural women’s empowerment, literacy, ethnographic research, public health/nutrition, sustainable agriculture, community environmental conservation, refugees
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion. Provides deep insights into social issues.
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.
  • Instruction is in French. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: Cape Town

  • Program type: University Study
  • Experience South African culture firsthand while learning alongside African students. Study in an urban setting at the University of Cape Town. The University of Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest university and is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions.
  • Particularly good for students who are interested in learning about the culture of South Africa. Course options include African studies, historical studies, political science, and many others. 
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year. Instruction is in English. 

Americas

Argentina

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

  • Program Type: Study Center
  • Focus on social and cultural geography
  • Take Spanish language courses while also learning about Argentine society through courses taught in English
  • Explore Latin American culture with courses such as Politics & Society in Latin America and Buenos Aires: City of the Arts
  • Instruction is in Spanish and English (no language prerequisite). Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Winter Break, May Session, Summer Term, or Academic Year

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (available through IFSA-Butler Argentina)

  • Program type: University Study (mostly)
  • One of Argentina’s top regional universities, UNC is located in Mendoza, heart of Argentina’s wine-producing region. Lying at the foot of the Andes, it is a great location for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Sample Sociology courses: Contemporary Social Processes; Argentine Social History; Demography; Political Sociology; Sociology of Knowledge; Latin American & Argentine Sociology.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; 5 prior semesters of Spanish are required. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (available through CIEE Chile–Santiago Liberal ArtsIES Chile or ISFA-Butler Chile–Santiago)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Top-rate Santiago institution with special sociological expertise in the areas of development and social justice.
  • Particularly strong for students interested in social inequality and politics or in organizations, work, and markets. 
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year. Instruction is in Spanish.

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion. Provides deep insights into social issues.
  • Past internship placements include rural women’s empowerment, literacy, public health/nutrition, sustainable agriculture, community environmental conservation, fishing or handicraft cooperatives.
  • Instruction is in Spanish. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Peru

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (available through CIEE Peru–Lima Liberal Arts or ISFA-Butler Peru)

  • Program type: University Study (and Study Abroad Center)
  • Lima-based PUCP is Peru’s oldest private university. Program participants take university courses plus 2 required center courses. For online course find Sociología, then click on Sumillas.
  • Sample course titles: Peruvian Social Processes and Thought; Sociological Theory; Rural Sociology; Urban Sociology; Sociodemographic Analysis; Ethics & Society; Field Practicum.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; five prior semesters of Spanish are required for both ISFA-Butler and CIEE. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

 

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Choose from a variety of courses that focus on Australian culture; areas include sociology, politics, art, cinema, business and the environment.
  • Enhance your experience by participating in a 6-credit internship at places such as Asylum Seekers Centre, Police Community Youth Clubs, etc...

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Program type: University Study
  • One of Australia’s most prestigious universities, with a sociology department offering courses in a number of different subfields.
  • Students interested in gaining a perspective on comparative race relations will find Melbourne’s Indigenous Studies Program attractive.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

China

CIEE China– Shanghai

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • This program offers special CIEE courses taught on the campus of East China Normal University.
  • Broad curriculum in many subject areas including law, political science, and history.
  • Extensive range of course offerings, including such courses as International Business Law and Intercultural Communication & Negotiation.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Chinese language study required. Fall or Spring Semester, Academic year

Japan

IES Japan– Tokyo Society & Culture

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Multidisciplinary language and area studies program for students with little or no Japanese language background. Includes some sociology courses plus excellent field study opportunities.
  • Optional but highly recommended course on Social Organization in Japan includes a field placement of a day each week as a participant-observer with a Japanese organization.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Japanese is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Program type: University Study
  • New Zealand’s largest university, located in its largest city and boasting one of the country’s strongest sociology departments.
  • Students interested in indigenous studies or comparative ethnic relations will find Auckland very strong in Maori studies as well.
  • Instruction is in English, although some  Maori studies courses are taught in Maori instead. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

Thailand 

MSID - International Development in Thailand

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice. Asks tough questions highly relevant to sociology majors.
  • Contribute through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization while you are there
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Academically superb program offering several relevant tracks, including: Child Diversity & Development; European Politics & Society; Justice & Human Rights; and Sociology. 
  • Includes LCD-relevant courses such as Criminology & Criminal Justice in Scandinavia; Gang Crime in Scandinavia; Human Trafficking in a Global Context.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Danish is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Germany

IES Germany– Berlin Language & Area Studies

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Language and area studies program that includes several sociology courses plus related offerings in such fields as history, international relations, and political science.
  • Program is exceptionally strong in field study and internship opportunities. Students also may take regular courses in any of several Berlin universities.
  • Semester instruction is in German, summer in English. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Italy

Universitá di Bologna (available through Bologna Consortial Studies Program, BCSP)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Bologna, the oldest university in Europe and arguably the most prestigious in Italy, has a strong sociology department.
  • BCSP program supplements UB courses with courses designed for US students. A pre-session intensive Italian course strengthens participants’ language skills before UB classes begin
  • Instruction is in Italian; at least two prior years of language study are required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. (Academic year option highly recommended.)

Study & Intern in Florence

  • Program type: Study Center
  • Explore contemporary and historical issues facing Italy through excursions and courses in sociology, art history, business, literature, psychology, photography, retail merchandising, and more
  • Major elective credit awarded for the History and Sociology of Modern Consumerism course
  • Wide range of internships available
  • Instruction in English. 

Norway

University Study in Norway: University of Bergen

  • Program type: University Study
  • Integrate into Norwegian university life on this highly affordable program.
  • Coursework options include Globalization and Development of Place, Theories about Development and Migration, Technology, Culture and Society, Scandinavian Area Studies, and many other sociology relevant courses. 
  • Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semester, academic year 

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Language and area studies program with a broad array of course offerings in the humanities and social sciences
  • Of particular interest to sociology majors is a course on Service-Learning and the Immigrant Experience in Spain. Internships are also available
  • Instruction is in Spanish; four prior semesters of Spanish are required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, May term, or summer

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Choose from a variety of courses that focus on British culture; areas include gender issues, politics, religion, art, and business.
  • Enhance your experience by participating in a 3 or 6-credit internship at places such as Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Monroe Young Families, etc...

University Study in the UK: University of Glasgow

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in Scotland’s largest city, the University of Glasgow offers over forty undergraduate courses in Sociology.
  • Sample course titles: Black Radical Social Thought; Punishment & Society; Cosmology, Culture & Belief; Drugs & Culture; Sexualities; Sociology of Heath & Illness; Youth & Social Change.
  • Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Work on your CLA language requirement or on a language minor while immersed in the language
  • Complete two, three, or even four semesters of language in a semester or a summer.

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.

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

Jake W. Studies in Australia
Jake's love of nature and his interest in international business came together in his semester in Melbourne, Australia.

Paula C. Studies Sociology in South Korea
Paula spent a semester in Seoul, where she gained a fresh perspective on her major.

Alice S. Studies Development in Ecuador
Alice, a sociology major, lived in Ecuador for the academic year, and spent time both in Quito and the Cotacachi area in rural Ecuador. She gained experience working with a non-governmental organization, and studying culture and development.

Chelsea A. Studies in New Zealand
Chelsea is working toward a double major in sociology and global studies, with a minor in leadership. All three areas of study were affected by her experience with the Butler program in Auckland.

Kaitlin F. goes on a Global Seminar to Amsterdam
Kaitlin spent three weeks in Amsterdam learning about ethical tolerance and the political process. She also found time to learn about the local arts scene, and furthered her interest in social justice.

Leslie Studies in Spain
Leslie, an accounting and sociology major, spent six weeks in Toledo, Spain completing requirements for her Spanish minor. 

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