The Learning Abroad Center in 230 Heller Hall (map) is the University of Minnesota’s comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide. A variety of program options—more than 250 programs in 70 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students.
Students who are in the process of exploring majors can still go abroad with careful planning. The University wants you to include an international experience as an integral part of your undergraduate career. Learning abroad can fit very effectively into your University of Minnesota degree plan without delaying your graduation.
Programs vary in length, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.
This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible, however we recommend starting as early as possible. Applying for or renewing your passport may take a significant period of time, so start the process early.
Time your learning abroad opportunity so it works in your schedule and any majors you may be considering. Students and their current advisers must carefully evaluate and plan course sequencing into any study abroad experience. If you are thinking about transferring from one college to another, you must meet the admissions requirements of the college you wish to attend. There may be specific requirements for particular majors within each college. Be sure to check with the appropriate advising office.
Academic departments and the Learning Abroad Center collaborated to create Major Advising Pages to identify appropriate international opportunities for your intended major. They help identify appropriate timing, course selection, and other considerations. If you are strongly leaning toward a particular major, check out the MAP for that program.
If you are planning to transfer into a CLA major, consult with a current adviser about the second language requirement.
Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.