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Learning Abroad in Earth Sciences

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. Every CSE student should consider gaining international experience through study abroad.

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 Earth Sciences before beginning your study abroad research.

Earth Science students planning on studying abroad will need to start working on their Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form as soon as they have chosen a program.

Once you have chosen the courses that you want to take abroad (always choose more courses than you intend to take), have descriptions for those courses, and have begun filling out the APSA, you will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Earth Sciences.

You will want to meet with Adam Pagel in 106 Lind Hall to discuss the courses you will take abroad.


Africa and the Middle East

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 

  • Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, UCT's setting and historic buildings make it one of the most attractive universities in South Africa.
  • This campus is home of the faculties of Engineering and The Built Environment. Programs are for a South African semester or academic year.
  • Courses may include introduction to minerals, rocks & structures, engineering mathematics, engineering physics, and more.

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Spend a semester or academic year in Kenya or Senegal and earn credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships.
  • Possible internship placements include organizations focusing on environmental protection or waste removal
  • Two years of French required for Senegal

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.



Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Earn credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships on this academic year or semester program.
  • Two years of previous Spanish language study required.
  • Possible internship placements include organizations focusing on environmental protection or sustainability

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Asia and Oceania


Australian National University, Canberra (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Located in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, ANU is one of Australia’s most distinguished universities. Lab and fieldwork are an integral part of courses.
  • ANU offers the chance to study alongside some of the world’s greatest minds and to be a part of the research breakthroughs that are changing the world.
  • ANU offers courses in Paleontology and Stratigraphy, Crystals and Minerals, Sedimentology, Field Geology, Structural Geology and more.

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Melbourne was recently named the “world’s most livable city” because of its culture and arts, parks, and climate
  • Uni Melbourne offers specialized advising and support for science and engineering students. Lab and fieldwork opportunities available.
  • Courses include a wide range of studies in Geology, Atmospheric Studies, Geophysics, Oceanography, Geomechanics, and Environmental Science.

University Study in Australia: Queensland University of Technology 

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and calendar year.
  • Study and live alongside Australian university students, selecting courses throughout the university.
  • Located in Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city and renowned center for student life.
  • Courses offered in several engineering disciplines, focusing on practical hands-on experience alongside classroom learning.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Located in New Zealand’s most populated city and the University of Auckland has an excellent reputation for sciences, engineering, and research.
  • Courses may include Applied Geophysics, Tectonics and Crustal Evolutions, Magmas, Metamorphism and Volcanism, and Advanced Field Geology.


Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • An exchange program for science and engineering students, HKUST maintains high-ranking faculty from around the world.
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

South Korea

University Study in South Korea: Yonsei University

  • The most prestigious private university in Korea located in the vibrant city of Seoul
  • The University strives to cultivate leaders and provide higher education based on the national ideals. Many activities held throughout the year
  • Courses may include Solid State Physics, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Polymeric Materials, Optical Properties of Materials, and Design. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.


United Kingdom

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • One of the largest universities in the UK with an excellent reputation for high standards in teaching and research.
  • Research is well supported and courses may include chemistry of earth, mineralogy, hydrocarbon & mineral resources, and more/li>

University Study in the UK: University of Glasgow

  • One of the oldest and largest universities in the United Kingdom, and is noted for its excellence in teaching and research in various academic disciplines.
  • Fieldwork and projects are central to the courses, offering a wide range of experiences.
  • Courses may include Geology and Applied Geology, Computing Science and Geology, Environmental Geology, Physics with Geology, and more.

 Trinity College Dublin (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Trinity College Dublin has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.
  • Courses may include Sedimentology, Mesozoic Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Mineralogy and Petrology, Palaeontology, Geophysics, and more.

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (CSE)

  • An exchange program for CSE students, Chalmers is where 40% of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects were educated
  • Located on the beautiful West Coast of Sweden. Academic year and semester enrollments are possible for juniors and seniors.
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Additional Options to Consider

College of Science and Engineering Learn Abroad

  • Students should also look at the study abroad exchanges and programs approved for other CSE departments on which you may be able to take general requirements as well as mechanical and electrical engineering courses. For information on exchanges, contact Adam Pagel, 106 Lind Hall or email.

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

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

  • An organization dedicated to developing global skills in tomorrow’s technical leaders. IAESTE coordinates on-the-job training for students
  • The University of Minnesota is one of twenty educational institutions in the U.S. with a local IAESTE committee. Visit their website for more information.

CDS International

  • An organization dedicated to help build careers by giving students the opportunity to gain meaningful, practical training in a number of countries.
  • CDS coordinates on-the-job training that stimulate the exchange of knowledge and technological skills and contributes to the development of a highly trained and intercultural competent workforce.

Engineers Without Borders

  • EWB partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and sustainable engineering projects.

Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN)

  • SPAN students design and conduct an independent research project in one of three countries. Sites vary each year.
  • Spend the year preparing your project at the University of Minnesota, collect information on your summer abroad, and then complete your thesis upon return.

Directed Study

  • 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.