Learning Abroad for the Leadership Minor

Learning Abroad for the Leadership Minor

Imagine studying ethical tolerance in the Netherlands, or doing an internship with Amnesty International in London. You can participate in development-focused field placements in Ecuador, India, Kenya, or Senegal, or study grassroots citizen involvement in Norway. These, and many more programs, are open to you!

“Expand your horizons and experience leadership through the lens of a different culture! Students who study abroad acquire a deeper understanding of the role of leadership and citizenship in our expanding global society.” —June Nobbe, Director of Student Development and Leadership Program

Learning Abroad Process

This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Leadership Minor program before beginning your study abroad research.

Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to fill out an Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form.

In order to take courses in your Leadership Minor program, you will need to plan ahead with your advisers.

How will study abroad programs fulfill my Leadership Minor requirements?

When Should I Study Abroad?

What Are Some Desired Learning Outcomes of Study Abroad?

Fulfill Liberal Education Requirements

Map your academic plan with your advisers

Scholarship Opportunities 

Leadership Minor students eligible programs can apply for the Leadership Minor Study Abroad Scholarship in addition to other Learning Abroad Center scholarships

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Kenya through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Senegal through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

Americas

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Combines courses about Australian culture and Sydney with an internship and the course World of Work for 6 credits
  • Internships are available in a variety of fields, such as human rights advocacy groups, social change organizations, and internships in the civic and political sphere.

Europe

Ireland

Arcadia Irish Parliamentary Internships

  • Offers a six-credit internship with a member of either  the lower house of Parliament or the Senate
  • Students also take three special Irish studies courses taught at the Institute of Public Administration

Italy

Study & Intern in Florence

  • Experience Italian life and culture, past and present, in the beautiful and lively city of Florence
  • Explore contemporary and historical issues facing Italy through coursework and an excursion to Sicily

Norway

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

  • Explore how the welfare state works in the context of a social democracy facing challenges posed by immigration
  • Students can study the new challenges faced by families in Norway and see what the socialist government is doing to confront the issues

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Excellent program for students also completing a Spanish minor with upper division Spanish courses as well as courses on the history and culture of Spain
  • Service-learning course with a focus on the immigrant experience in Spain
  • Internship course with past placements at social service, organizations, the Toledo Regional Parliament, and with government programs that work with teenagers

United Kingdom

Northern Ireland: Democracy & Social Change (HECUA)

  • Provides a background on the historical, political and religious roots of conflict as well as the prospects for peace and the progress being made
  • Includes a seven-week internship that could focus on a leadership topic
  • Past internship placements related to youth sudies have included Public Achievement Northern Ireland, Peace and Reconciliation Group, and St. Columb’s Park House.

Study & Intern in London

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
  • Past examples have included Amnesty International, JUSTICE (a human rights law association), Charter 88 (a group working to give the UK a written constitution), and the United Nations Association

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.

 

Student Experiences

Chelsea A. Studies in New Zealand

Chelsea is working toward a double major in sociology and global studies, with a minor in leadership. All three areas of study were affected by her experience with the IFSA-Butler program in Auckland.

"I definitely had to play certain roles while I was abroad, certain leadership roles within groups.  I had to be a mediator at points.  I think my Leadership minor helped me.
When you go somewhere and no one knows you, and they’re from all over the US, and you’re in class with these people, it pushes you to present yourself in a different way, more in a leadership role than your typical self."
     –Mary, DIS: Danish Institute for Study Abroad

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