Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Statistical Practice/Science

There is no such thing as a "local" company or issue anymore. An international experience will provide you with the necessary skills to work effectively in industry, academia, and the public sector.

Academic Planning

Review your program requirements from the School of Statistics before beginning your study abroad research. Be sure to work with your Statistics adviser to make sure that your courses integrate well into the statistics major.

  • With careful planning, spending a semester or two abroad is a possibility to fulfill some core major requirements and electives in both the Statistical Science B.S. and the Statistical Practice B.A.
  • Unless you are fluent in languages beyond English, you will likely focus your search on universities with Mathematics and Statistics departments that offer coursework in English (whether or not the locally spoken language is English). You are not required to take coursework in English. If you are eligible to take coursework in another language, you certainly can.
  • To have new courses reviewed for major requirements, start by talking with the departmental academic adviser.

Best Time to Go Abroad

  • If you are trying to fulfill major requirements abroad, the department recommends that you go abroad earlier in your college career due to the sequencing of Statistics core courses.

Who will advise me and help me with 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 statistics adviser. Sending an email ahead of time, with information on what you want to take abroad with information about course information before your appointment will you help your statistics adviser in determining course equivalencies and approvals. Record these discussions by using an Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) Form. Appointment slots fill quickly, especially during peak times during the semester. As a result, scheduling appointments in advance is encouraged. 

Major Requirements

  • More information about major requirements is available here.
  • Since many of the core courses are unique, it may be hard to find equivalencies abroad. Courses that might be approved would be statistics electives, e.g. categorical data analysis, time series.
  • Some universities may have mathematical statistical courses that could replace one of STAT 4101, 4102, 5101, and 5102.

Liberal Education Requirements

  • Search the U Credit Abroad database to select from more than 2,000 study abroad courses that have already been pre-approved for liberal education requirements. You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online.

College of Liberal Arts Language Requirement

  • Statistical Practice 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.
  • Statistical Science B.S. - To allow for extra mathematics, students in the BS program do not have to complete the College of Liberal Arts' second language requirement.

Consider funding opportunities

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Senegal

MSID--International Development in Senegal

  • Program focuses on Senegal international development through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship or research project in the latter half.
  • Entrepreneurship and alternative economies internships could place students with local NGOs or small development-focused start-up companies doing work in statistics, with additional opportunities available.
  • Instruction is in French; 4 semesters of college-level French required. Wolof and advanced French language offered.

South Africa

University of Cape Town (available through IES South Africa)

  • Experience South African culture firsthand while learning alongside South African students. The University of Cape Town is South Africa's oldest university and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions.
  • A wide variety of courses available in English through the Department of Statistical Sciences.
  • Semester, academic year, and calendar year terms available.

Americas

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program focuses on Ecuador international development through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship or research project in the latter half. 
  • Entrepreneurship and alternative economies internships could place students with local NGOs or small development-focused start-up companies doing work in statistics, with additional opportunities available.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; minimum 4 semesters college-level Spanish required.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

James Cook University (available through IFSA Australia)

  • James Cook University's location in tropical northern Queensland offers proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest, and the outback.
  • You can take a wide variety of mathematics courses including statistics courses such as "Advanced Statistical Modelling" and "Statistical Data Mining for Big Data."
  • Semester, academic year, and calendar year terms available.

University of Melbourne (available through IFSA Australia)

  • One of Australia's most prestigious universities, located in the cultural capital of the country.
  • The University of Melbourne has a comprehensive catalog of statistics and mathematics courses.
  • Semester, academic year and calendar terms available.

University Study in Australia: University of Sydney

  • Modeled after Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the University of Sydney is the oldest and one of the largest in Australia, building its own reputation for excellence in teaching and research. 
  • Courses offered across all engineering, math and science disciplines.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Study at a diverse, urban university with a reputation for excellence in the sciences and research in Auckland--New Zealand's largest city.
  • You can enroll in a wide range of statistics courses including "Probability and its Applications" and "Introduction to Statistical Inference."
  • Semester, academic year, and calendar year terms available.

Thailand

MSID—International Development in Thailand

  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and internship/research further enrich cultural immersion. Based in Chiang Mai but with internship options outside the city.
  • Entrepreneurship and alternative economies internships could place students with local NGOs or small development-focused start-up companies doing work in statistics, with additional opportunities available. 
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai language is required.

Europe

Ireland

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Located in western Ireland on the banks of the Shannon River, the University of Limerick is known for its innovation and excellence in the sciences.
  • The University has extensive course offerings in statistics including "Probability Models" and Statistical Inference."
  • Semester, academic year, and summer terms available.

Study Abroad in Dublin--Dublin City University

  • Study in Ireland's lively capital city of Dublin
  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • A few statistics courses are available in their engineering department.

Norway

University Study in Norway: University of Bergen

  • Study in Bergen--the gateway to the world-famous fjords of Norway. Established in 1946, the University of Bergen is known for its young and modern university.
  • Wide breadth of coursework available in English focusing on various topics in statistics and mathematics.
  • No language prerequisite; semester and academic year terms available.

Exchange in Oslo

  • Study in Oslo--Norway's largest and oldest university.
  • Wide breadth of coursework available in English focusing on various topics in statistics and mathematics.
  • No language prerequisite; semester and academic year terms available.

United Kingdom

University Study in the United Kingdom: Queen Mary University of London

  • Queen Mary is located near the center of London, yet it maintains a strong sense of campus community. 
  • Comprehensive options are available in statistics and mathematics.
  • Semester, academic year, and summer terms available.

University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Glasgow

  • One of the oldest and largest universities in Europe, Glasgow is noted for its excellence in teaching and various academic disciplines.
  • Coursework in the School of Mathematics and Statistics includes all branches of mathematics and statistics, as well as special modules in biostatistics, theory, and time series. 
  • Semester and academic year terms available. 

Additional Options to Consider

LAC 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.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic, Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

LAC Freshman Seminars

  • Combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break, on a 3 credits, 1xxx level Seminar.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad, an opportunity to explore an exciting location and topic, and likely fulfill a liberal education requirement.

Additional LAC Seminars

  • Check out additional LAC Instructor-led Seminars that might run over winter break, spring break, May, and summer sessions. They vary in length, dates, and content so students can find one that best fits their academic and professional goals.

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.