Learning Abroad for Honors Students

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

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

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. 

Complete Liberal Education Requirements

Conduct research, complete a directed study, and prepare for your thesis project

Experience cultural immersion

Improve language skills


Africa and the Middle East


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; 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.

University Study in Israel: University of Haifa

  • Coursework available in Contemporary Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, Political Science and more.
  • Instruction is in English; Hebrew and Arabic language courses are also available.
  • University of Haifa's Study Tracks includes an Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies.


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.


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.

South Africa

CIEE South Africa—Service Learning

  • Participants in this program, based in and around Cape Town, engage in community service while taking part in a rigorous academic program. 
  • The service component is tied to the core course as well as the capstone project. The connection is made through daily reflection activities including journaling, periodic reporting, discussion, and written papers.



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 and Mendoza, Argentina. 
  • 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.


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.


MSID—International Development in Ecuador 

  • Courses on 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


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

  • Experience Australian student life for a semester or year by studying at one of two highly regarded universities. Choose from either James Cook University, located in tropical Queensland, or the dynamic environment offered by the University of Melbourne.

University of Sydney

  • As one of Australia's leading research universities, you'll find that whether you are studying in the arts and humanities or natural sciences, your professors are world-renowned academics. Modern laboratories, a brand new economics and business building, and internship opportunities are just a few of the highlights.

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.


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 semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.  



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.  


Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • 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.

CIEE France—Critical Studies Paris

  • This program is designed for more advanced students interested in critical thought, philosophy, and art.
  • This track offer site visits within Paris as well as weekend trips to other regions in France.
  • The summer program, divided in two sessions, can accommodate students at a variety of levels.


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.

Arcadia Ireland—Irish Parliamentary Internship

  • This program offers a six-credit internship with a member of either the lower house of Parliament or the Senate, combined with three special Irish studies courses taught at the Institute of Public Administration for interns in the program.


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.


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

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.


Study & Intern in Toledo 
  • Internships are available assisting in local schools. You may also enroll in a service-learning course that explores immigration issues in Spain through service 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.


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.

Additional Options to Consider

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

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.

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.