Learning Abroad Center

Honors Students

“Study abroad for students in the University Honors Program (UHP) matches perfectly our emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. Honors students need to gain an awareness of different approaches, cultures, and languages to be ready to face the global challenges of the 21st Century.”

Serge Rudaz, Founding Director of the University Honors Program

Academic Planning

Discuss your learning abroad and academic research interests with your UHP adviser as well as your major/minor or college adviser. Learning Abroad counts toward required Honors Experience Requirements.

Attending a study abroad program guided by enrollment in Honors: Leveraging and Understanding Global Identity through Intercultural Learning course fulfills an Honors Learning Experience.

Learning Abroad in Your Major and Minor

As you plan your learning abroad experience, be sure to refer to the Major Advising Page associated with your academic major. 

  • Use an Academic Planning Form for Study Abroad to structure and document your discussions with your UHP adviser and your major/minor or college adviser(s). Try to list more courses on the form than you will actually be able to take.

  • Search the Learning Abroad Center’s U Credit Abroad Search to select from more than 2,000 study abroad courses that have been pre-approved for Liberal Education requirements and a growing list of major and minor courses. You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online.

  • The Learning Abroad Center supports meaningful research for undergraduate students as part of a comprehensive study abroad program in order to deepen student learning and develop solid investigative skills. The Learning Abroad Center offers a number of programs that include research opportunities and are eligible for the Learning Abroad Center’s I-UROP Scholarship.

Improve language skills

  • If you hope to jumpstart a new language or to gain advanced fluency, select a program that suits your goals. 

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Israel

University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Study in Jerusalem, a city sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Instruction is in English; Hebrew and Arabic language courses are also available.
  • Coursework available in Jewish History, Civilization & Education; Israel Studies; the Middle East & Islamic Studies; Religious Studies; Political Science and more.
  • Spring in Jerusalem—Honors Program is offered spring semester. Combines language study, research, and advanced coursework. Available to outstanding students on a competitive basis.

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • Program themes include Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability.
  • Participants take the Historical & Political Context of Senegal course.
  • Participants will receive credit for Internship in Senegal, or Research in Senegal, depending on which option they choose.  The internship or research project is with a local development organization. 
  • Homestays enrich cultural immersion.
  • Two years of French required. 

Americas

Argentina

IFSA  Argentina

  • This program combines Spanish language, a program course, and Argentine university courses with local students at one or more of the best universities in Buenos Aires. 
  • A research option is available. The summer program includes Spanish language and one or two area studies courses. 
  • Instruction is in Spanish; two years of college-level Spanish required.

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador 

  • Program themes include Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability.
  • Participants take the Historical & Political Context of Ecuador course.
  • Participants will receive credit for Internship in Ecuador, or Research in Ecuador, depending on which option they choose.  The internship or research project is with a local development organization. 
  • Homestays enrich cultural immersion.
  • 2 years college-level Spanish required. 

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Experience Australian student life for a semester or year by studying at one of three highly regarded universities. Choose from University of Sydney—one of Australia's leading research universities, James Cook University (available through IFSA Australia), located in tropical Queensland, or the dynamic environment offered by the University of Melbourne (available through IFSA Australia).

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand 

University of Auckland
University of Otago
Victoria University of Wellington (available through IFSA New Zealand

  • Experience New Zealand student life for a semester or year by studying at one of three highly regarded universities. 

South Korea

University Study in South Korea: Korea University 

  • One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in East Asia, Korea University offers the opportunity to study alongside Korean and international students in the rising metropolis of Seoul.
  • With 24 colleges and divisions, KU offers coursework, taught in English by world-class faculty, in virtually any field.

Thailand 

MSID—International Development in Thailand

  • Program themes include Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability.
  • Participants take the Historical & Political Context of Thailand course.
  • Participants will receive credit for Internship in Thailand, or Research in Thailand, depending on which option they choose.  The internship or research project is with a local development organization. 
  • Homestays enrich cultural immersion.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai language is required. Fall or Spring semester. 

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Take courses in English in a wide variety of subject areas. Courses are taught by Danish and European faculty who are also practitioners in their fields, and courses include excursions and field trips in order to allow you to see the industry at work. Many classes are also practicum or lab-based.
  • Research options available.

France

Language & Culture in Southern France

  • Based at the Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts division of the University of Montpellier, this program provides an extremely flexible course structure. Choose from a mix of customized courses with American foreign students, and regular University of Montpellier courses with French students. Internships are available.
  • Instruction is in French.

Ireland

Study Abroad in Dublin

  • Live and study in the heart of Dublin. Participate in an internship, research project, or practicum to engage with the local community.

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Study in Limerick, located in western Ireland on the banks of the Shannon River.
  • The University of Limerick is known as a technological powerhouse in Ireland and works closely with the nearby National Technology Park of Ireland. The university is also well known for science, humanities, business, and social studies.

Netherlands

Exchange in Amsterdam

  • Study in Amsterdam, the thriving capital of the Netherlands, and a city of canals, parks, world-class museums, and cobblestone streets.
  • Take classes at the University of Amsterdam, a comprehensive and internationally oriented research university.
  • Take courses alongside Dutch students and choose from a wide variety of coursework taught in English. Students can also take Dutch language courses at various levels.

Norway

Exchange in Norway:  University of Oslo

  • Study at the University of Oslo, Norway’s largest and oldest university surrounded by fjords, lakes, and forests.
  • Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English in the sciences, social sciences, healthcare management, humanities, and the environment.
  • No language prerequisite; semester and academic year terms available. Competitive exchange—a limited number of spaces available for UMN students.

University Study in Norway

University of Bergen
Norwegian University of Life Science

  • Experience Norwegian student life by studying for a semester or year.
  • Each University offers a wide range of courses taught in English, along with courses taught in Norwegian, enabling you to make progress in your degree.

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo 

  • Internships are available assisting in local schools. You may also enroll in a community engagement course that explores immigration issues in Spain through work with immigrants in Toledo.
  • There is a wide range of courses in Spanish language and culture. Studies are enhanced by the wealth of historical and cultural resources available in Toledo, Madrid, and the surrounding region.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; two years of college-level Spanish required.

Psychology & Research in Madrid

  • Fulfill Psychology major/minor requirements
  • Enroll in Introduction to Biological Psychology and Research Laboratory in Psychology or Cross-Cultural Psychology and earn a total of 6 credits
  • Taught in English—no Spanish language pre-requisite for English research placements
  • Six-week summer program

Sweden

Study Abroad in Sweden

  • Choose from a suite of core and elective courses, taught in English, in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Economics, International Relations, Literature, Medical Practice & Policy, Psychology, and Public Health and enjoy exciting study tours to other sites in Europe.

United Kingdom

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.

University Study in the UK, Queen Mary London

  • Located in the diverse East End of London. Walk to classes and enjoy easy access to all other parts of London by tube and bus.
  • Study with British students and take instruction in English from British faculty.

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.