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Learning Abroad in Mathematics & Statistics

“Mathematics is the universal language, but each culture has its own perspectives about teaching and using mathematics. For these reasons, math is an ideal subject for study abroad.”
—Larry Gray, Director of Undergraduate Advising, School of Mathematics

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 School of Mathematics before beginning your study abroad research.

Talk to your adviser

Guidelines for Choosing Courses

Best time to go abroad:

Liberal Education Requirements


Major Emphasis & Technical Electives

Please Note:


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 is home of the faculties of Science, Engineering, Commerce, and Humanities
  • The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is one of the largest departments at the University of Cape Town.
  • Courses include Nonlinear Dynamics, Advanced Numerical Methods, Introduction to General Relativity, and Methods of Mathematical Physics. All courses are in English

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

Asia and Oceania


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
  • Courses available are Probability, Real & Complex Analysis, Vector Analysis, Statistics, Mathematical Methods, and Decision Making

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
  • The University of Sydney is located right next to downtown, providing students the opportunity to live and study alongside Australian students in the heart of Australia's largest city.
  • Courses offered across all engineering, math and science disciplines.

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.


Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • This is a special exchange program open to CSE students
  • All courses are in English

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • One of New Zealand’s largest universities in the nation’s largest city, the University of Auckland is well known for it academic and research achievements
  • Over a million people, the city of Auckland offers students plenty of theatres, art galleries, restaurants, and outdoor activities, including sailing in Auckland’s harbor
  • Courses offered are Foundation Mathematics, Math in Society, Advancing Mathematics, Applied & Computational Mathematics, Contemporary Topics in Mathematics, Differential Equations, Mathematical Logic, Algebraic Structures, Multivariable Analysis, Advanced Calculus, and Geometry & Topology

South Korea

Pohang University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • Asia’s premier research and teaching institution for science and engineering. POSTECH offers research opportunities for undergraduates
  • Research disciplines include civil, transportation, environmental, structural, and architectural engineering, and many more

CIEE South Korea: Yonsei University

  • Yonsei University is the most prestigious private university in Korea
  • Seoul, South Korea is filled with museums, palaces, advertisements, and companies, making it a modern, yet traditional way of life.
  • Courses available are Introduction to Statistics, Data Mining, Calculus & Vector Analysis, and Engineering Mathematics

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



Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim (CSE)

  • The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) was established in 1996, and is an innovation in the Norwegian academic world
  • It is a national center for technological education and research within the natural sciences


Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (CSE)

  • Available for CSE students with junior or senior class standing
  • Located on the beautiful west coast of Sweden, Chalmers University was founded in 1829
  • Approximately 40% of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects were educated at Chalmers

United Kingdom

Queens University, Belfast (available through Arcadia England)

  • Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is a clean and vibrant city with an excellent cultural atmosphere. Queen Victoria founded Queen’s College Belfast in 1845
  • Coursework is through the department of Mathematical Studies, taking courses such as Linear Algebra, Ring Theory, Set Theory, Real Analysis, Calculus and Analysis, and Functional Analysis

University College-London (available through Arcadia England or IFSA-Butler England)

  • University College-London (UCL) is a leader in many disciplines
  • Located in the Bloomsbury section of London, UCL offers a comprehensive social and academic experience
  • Courses offered include; Analytical Dynamics, Computational Methods, Probability & Statistics, Logic, Boundary Layers, Numerical Analysis, Non-Linear Dynamics, Real Fluids, and Real Analysis

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Excellent reputation for high standards in teaching and research, offering academic year and semester programs
  • One of the largest universities in Britain with an excellent reputation for high standards in teaching and research
  • Courses available include; Calculus & Mathematical Analysis, Linear Algebra, Discrete Systems, Probability, Statistics, Modeling in Statistics & Probability, Modeling with Differential Equations, Real & Complex Analysis, Mathematical Logic, Nonlinear Differential Equations, Medical Statistics, Environmental Statistics, Introduction to Markov Processes, Numbers & Proofs, and Dynamics of Particles & Rigid Bodies

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, in 106 Lind Hall.


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.  


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. 
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.

Engineers Without Borders

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

Student Experiences

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