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Learning Abroad in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering

Study abroad programs specifically chosen for bioproducts and biosystems engineering majors are available in regions all over the world including Africa, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas. And, since your study abroad experience can be integrated into your degree, it won’t delay your graduation. Plan your study abroad program today and see the world.

Study Abroad Process

This is 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 Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering before beginning your study abroad research.

Investigate Programs

Talk to your BAE adviser

When should I study abroad?

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Minor in International Agriculture

What do I do after I have selected a program?

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this “mini-Peace Corps,” program
  • Students work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in their area of interest
  • Internship placements are individualized

Kenya 

Summer Engineering: The Power of Kenya
  • Combine engineering and cultural coursework, to get a well rounded view of engineering in the developing world
  • Participate in a hands-on service learning project in a rural area
  • Earn 6 credits in 5 weeks in the summer

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this “mini-Peace Corps,” program
  • Students work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in their area of interest
  • Internship placements are individualized

Americas

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • MSID offers credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this “mini-Peace Corps” program
  • Students work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in their area of interest
  • Internship placements are individualized

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • A leading university, Melbourne offers specialized advising and support for science and engineering students and has extensive offerings in engineering and biology
  • Mechanical engineering opportunities include: Engineering Design and Materials and Design and Control. Areas of study in biology include ecology, plant biology and botany
  • Opportunities in civil engineering include Engineering Hydraulics and Construction Engineering

The University of Western Australia, Perth (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • One of Australia’s four original universities with an international reputation for excellence. UWA provides the opportunity to study both engineering and biology
  • Possible courses in civil engineering include; Soil-Structure Interactions and Hydraulics
  • Mechanical engineering classes include; Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations. There are also extensive course offerings in biology

China

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (CSE)

  • This is a special exchange program open to CSE students
  • Courses in civil engineering including; Water Resources, Engineering Management, and Construction and Materials
  • Opportunities in mechanical engineering include Advanced Stress Analysis, Engineering Design and Mechanical Vibrations

New Zealand

Massey University, Palmerston North (available through or IFSA Butler New Zealand)

  • New Zealand’s largest university with a long tradition of academic and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines
  • Through agricultural engineering, students can take courses such as Waste Management Engineering, Water System Engineering, and Agriculural Machinery Design

South Korea

Pohang University of Science and Technology (CSE)

  • This is a special exchange program open to CSE students
  • Asia’s premier research and teaching institution for science and engineering. POSTECH offers many research opportunities
  • Research disciplines include environmental and structural engineering, plus many more

Europe

Germany

IES Germany – Berlin

  • For advanced students of German, opportunities to take courses in areas including; German language and literature, business, economics, and history
  • Students can take regular university classes at Humboldt University, including courses from the Department of Agricultural Engineering
  • This program offers an extensive range of internships in many fields

Ireland

University College Dublin (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Located in Ireland’s lively capital city, the University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest and most comprehensive university
  • Through the university’s undergraduate programs in Biosystems Engineering, students will find a wide range of relevant coursework
  • Possible areas of study include food and process engineering, environmental engineering and mechanization systems

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (CSE)

  • This is a special exchange program open to CSE students
  • Classes in English in areas such as civil and structural engineering, hydraulic and environmental engineering, and machine design, biology, chemistry and physics

Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (CSE)

  • This is a special exchange program open to CSE students
  • Around 40% of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects are educated at Chalmers, located on the beautiful west coast of Sweden
  • Study in areas such as structural engineering, environmental engineering, geohydrology, design and manufacturing, civil and mechanical engineering. Coursework in English

United Kingdom

University of Nottingham, England (available through Arcadia United Kingdom)

  • One of the UK’s leading institutions located in one of the most vibrant cities in Britain with top research and teaching quality ratings in both agriculture and engineering
  • Wide variety of courses including; Water Treatment Engineering, Process Dynamics and Control, Hydrology and Structural Vibration

Additional Options to Consider

Many other options are available through CFANS

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe

MAST International

  • The MAST International program provides qualified individuals a travel abroad opportunity to gain hands-on experience in agriculture, horticulture, agri-business, forestry or related areas. This cross-cultural experience living and working in another country helps you develop a global perspective and a broader understanding of the world.

Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN)

  • SPAN students design and conduct an independent research project in one of four countries. Sites vary each year. Students spend the year preparing their project at the University of Minnesota, collect information on their summer abroad, then complete a thesis upon return. A faculty adviser helps students prepare, accompanies each group during the summer research phase, and assists in writing-up the thesis.

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.

College of Science and Engineering Short-term Programs

  • CSE has short-term programs during the May Session led by CSE faculty members. These programs offer students an exciting opportunity to intensively study a particular aspect of engineering in a small group and work closely with a faculty member.
  • Previous topics have included:
    • Mechatronics: Comparing European and US Product Design in Switzerland
    • Mysteries of the Universe in the 21st Century, Italy and Switzerland
    • Alternative Energy in Scandinavia
    • Computer Graphics in Hong Kong and China

Directed Study

  • Study abroad opportunities are not limited to formal instruction. Directed Study allows students to create a contract between themselves and a faculty member that outlines a project and credits to be earned. Students work independently on a project of their own design while abroad, under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty member.

Student Experiences

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