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Learning Abroad in Sociology- General

    Study abroad is an excellent way to put your Sociological Imagination into practice!

     

    Academic Planning Recommendations

    Liberal Education Requirements

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

    Major and Minor Requirements 

    With careful planning, it is possible to take courses to fulfill Sociology major and minor requirements abroad. The department will screen overseas coursework and help you fit appropriate courses into your major requirements. Courses must have significant sociological content, but don’t have to be listed under sociology.

    For exact course substitution (Soc 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, etc.) the course needs to be equivalent. It may be easier to apply study abroad to the five required upper-division elective courses within the major. Only upper-division courses may fulfill requirements in the sociology major. 

    Honors students must take their Proseminar I and Proseminar II (SOC 4977 and Soc 4978) at the University of Minnesota the fall and spring of their senior year.

    Internships

    Internships abroad might apply toward the elective component of the major, but the academic documentation must be persuasive. Although the department encourages internships, you may be able to use them only toward elective credit outside the major. Your chances will improve if you work with the sociology adviser before departure.

    College of Liberal Arts Language Requirement

    Sociology B.A. - Courses taken abroad for the CLA Language Requirement 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 the 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.

    Sociology B.S - Instead of the second language courses required to earn a sociology BA, students in the BS program take additional math and statistics courses. While not required, you may choose to take a second language, since language skills may still be beneficial in completing post-graduation goals.

    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, 'meet with the Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising in Sociology  (socadvis@umn.edu) to help determine if a course can count toward your Sociology program. Use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students 

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Program type: Field Study
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Kenya, or Research in Kenya, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required. Fall or Spring semester.

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • Program type: Field Study
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Senegal, or Research in Senegal, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in French. Fall or Spring semester. 

    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 & Intern 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

    Chile

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (available through IES Chile)

    • 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

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • Program type: Field Study
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Ecuador, or Research in Ecuador, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in Spanish. Fall or Spring semester. 

    Peru

    Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (available through IFSA 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 courses 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. 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.

    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
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Thailand, or Research in Thailand, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required
    • Fall or spring semester

    Europe

    Denmark

    Study Abroad in Denmark

    • Program type: Study Abroad Center
    • An 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.
    • The 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 community engagement course focused on the immigrant community 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 the 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 Health & 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.