Learning Abroad in Sociology—LCD Specific

Learning Abroad in Sociology—LCD Specific

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

Israel

University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Program Type: University Study.
  • Combine academic excellence with the opportunity to live and breathe the subject matter in Israel.
  • Choose from an extremely wide variety of LCD related courses. Sample course offerings include: Terror, Counter-terror and Human Rights; Corporate Crime; Transitional Justice: Arab-Israeli Conflict; The Secret History of International Law; Law of the United Nations
  • Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

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. 
  • Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

Americas

Argentina

  • Program Type: University Study and Study Center hybrid.
  • Study at either Universidad del Museo Social or Universidad del Salvador (available through IES Argentina)
  • Choose from a variety of LCD related courses through IES and at local universities.
  • Instruction for Study Center courses is in English, in Spanish for University courses. Fall or spring semester.

Chile

Universidad de Chile (available through CIEE Chile–Santiago Liberal Arts)

  • Program type: University Study and Study Center hybrid.
  • Sample course offerings include: Negotiation and Conflict Management, Contemporary International Conflicts, Latin American Politics; Sociological Theory and Structure in Chile; Urban Anthropology, International Public Law;  Political Sociology; Social Theory in Latin America.
  • Instruction for Study Center courses is in English, in Spanish for University courses. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

Peru

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

  • Program type: University Study and Study Center hybrid.
  • 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 offerings:  Sociological Theory; Urban Sociology; Ethics & Society; Drugs and Society, Migration and Urban Culture in Peru, Rights and Citizenship in Peru, Sociology of Conflict and Negotiations, Sociology of Violence
  • 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

Puerto Rico

Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (available through National Student Exchange Puerto Rico)

  • Program type: University Study
  • UPR’s Río Pedras campus is the largest and most comprehensive institution on the island. Sociology department offers tracks in Criminology, Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies
  • Sample course offerings: Juvenile Delinquency; Forensic Sociology; Sociology of Religion; Sociology of Literature; Latin Cultures in the U.S.; Women, Work, & Conscience
  • Instruction is in Spanish; at least 2 prior years of language study or equivalent required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Program Type: Field Study and Study Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer
  • Greatest attraction for many students is the internship component.
  • Extraordinary range of internship opportunities could include law offices, human rights organizations, environmental advocacy groups, and many others.
  • Instruction in English, by Australian faculty.

Australian Parliamentary Internships

  • Program Type: Field Study.
  • Based in Canberra, Australia, this program offers opportunities for in-depth internships with a member of parliament, or in some cases with a public service agency, an industry or community organization, or a lobby group. (all pre-law related internships).
  • One or more classroom courses complement and support the internship.
  • Instruction in English. Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year.

China

CIEE China– Shanghai

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center.
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic year.
  • 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.

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.
  • Choose from an extremely wide variety of LCD related courses, includingCultural Criminology; The Criminal Mind- Crime and Individual Differences; Ethnic Targeting- Crime, Racialization and The State; Law, Inequality and the State; Last Call: The Sociology of Death and Dying; Outsiders-Youth and Adult Subcultures; The Sociology of Mental Health; Women and Deviance; Sociology of the Welfare State; Sociology of Violence; Deviance and Social Control; Contemporary Issues in Punishment; Research in Criminology.
  • Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic/calendar year.

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program Type: University Study.
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year.
  • This university of over 17,000 students is located in the political capital of New Zealand.
  • Location and the country’s small size (4 million) mean students have unparalleled access to politicians and the political process
  • Courses available in such areas as Commercial Law, Criminology, International Relations, Maori Studies, Political Science, Law, Public Policy, and Social Policy, and many others.
  • Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic/calendar year.

Europe

Denmark

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center.
  • Academically superb program, includes LCD-relevant courses such as Anatomy of Hatred; 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.

France

Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Program Type: Study Center and University Study hybrid.
  • One of the premier study opportunities in France, the University of Minnesota’s own program in Montpellier attracts students from throughout the US.
  • Special language and culture courses for international students plus courses from the regular curriculum of l’Université Paul Valéry.
  • Sample course offerings from l’Université Paul Valéry include: Sociology of Violence; Urban Legends; Political Sociology; Sociology of the Digital Age; Sociology & Society; Contemporary Sociology.
  • For-credit internships available in many settings.
  • Instruction entirely in French. Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year.

Ireland

Irish Parliamentary Internships

  • Program Type: Field Study.
  • Based in Dublin, Ireland, this program offers opportunities for in-depth internships with a member of parliament, or in some cases with a public service agency, an industry or community organization, or a lobby group.
  • One or more classroom courses complement and support the internship.
  • Instruction in English; Fall or spring semester.

Netherlands

IES Netherlands- Law and Criminology Track

  • Program type: University Study.
  • Hosted at VU University Amsterdam (VU), you enroll in a core course on law and three to four law or criminology-related courses at the VU. Observe some of Europe’s most progressive laws in action, and have access to the professionals and experts who can help you put them in context.
  • Sample courses include: Transnational Organized Crime; Transnational Law in Social Context; Victimology; Crime and Justice in the Netherlands; Law & Legal Practice- an International & Comparative.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of Dutch is required. Fall or Spring semester.

Norway

Exchange in Oslo 

  • Program Type: University Study.
  • This highly affordable program is located in the Norway’s capital; the University of Oslo is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education.
  • Wide range of LCD course offerings available in English. Sample courses include: Torture, Terror and Rights; A Criminology of Globalization; Criminological Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality and Violence; Cultural and Narrative Criminology; Media and Crime.
  • Instruction is in English. Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year.

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.
  • This program offers several internships related specifically to students focusing in Law, Criminology & Deviance (LCD).
  • Instruction in English. Fall or spring semester, summer options also available.

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: Punishment & Society; Drugs & Culture; Sexualities; Sociology of Heath & Illness; Black Radical Social Thought; Youth & Social Change.
  • Instruction in English. 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.
  • 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

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

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.

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.