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Learning Abroad for 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.

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Earn credit through coursework, research projects, and internships. The internship placement or research projects and living experience will help you better understand the complexity of social change and development in the global context.
    • No language prerequisite.

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • Earn credit through coursework, research projects, and internships. The internship placement or research projects and living experience will help you better understand the complexity of social change and development in the global context.
    • 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.

    Chile

    IFSA Chile

    • Combine specially designed program courses with university courses offered at highly regarded universities in Santiago or Valparaíso. A research option is available in Santiago.
    • Instruction in Spanish; two years of college-level Spanish required.

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador 

    • Courses in country analysis and development, followed by an internship or research project with a local development organization. Homestays enrich cultural immersion.
    • Research topics are based on current projects at local organizations with a focus on understanding in-country development needs and dynamics.
    • 2 years college-level Spanish required. 

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Arcadia Australia—Parliamentary Internship

    • This program offers an exceptional opportunity to complete research for a member or senator of the Australian Parliament, public service agency, industry or community organization, or lobby group. 

    University Study in Australia

    James Cook University
    University of Melbourne
    University of Sydney

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

    New Zealand

    University Study in New Zealand 

    University of Auckland
    University of Otago
    Victoria University of Wellington

    • 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

    • 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.
    • Internship placements have focused on such areas as arts and culture, sustainability and the environment, public health, education and literacy, entrepreneurship and alternative economies, and social service.
    • 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

    The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA)

    • This program focuses on the development of the European Union (EU) and its relationship to globalization. Participants examine the dominant ideologies underpinning the European project and the social consequences of European integration.
    • Seminars include a variety of experiential projects outside the classroom where students interact with diverse groups including politicians, community activists, university faculty, and local citizens.
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Norwegian is required.

    Exchange in 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.

    HECUA Northern Ireland—Democracy & Social Change

    • Study the historical, political, economic, and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace, and the progress being made. A halftime, 8-credit internship complements classroom and field study and could easily focus on a cultural topic.
    • Instruction is in English.

    Arcadia Scotland—Scottish Parliamentary Internship

    • This program offers a six-credit internship working with members of the Scottish Parliament, combined with three special Scottish studies courses taught by University of Edinburgh faculty.