Learning Abroad

Through CLA students can learn humanities, fine arts, and social sciences here at the University of Minnesota or elsewhere in the world with the help of Learning Abroad Programs.

Learning Abroad programs launch students into advanced work within their degree programs as well as help them articulate knowledge they have acquired. It is our belief that Learning Abroad Programs at the University of Minnesota are no longer a hidden curriculum; but an integral part of education at this Institution; that Learning Abroad Programs associated with and supported by individual departments are part of their degree program, rather than a supplement.

Both short-term programs embedded into regular courses and semester-long programs are designed as site-specific experiences, which will help students acquire skills in the areas of critical thinking, applied problem solving, ethical reasoning, engaging diversity, active community engagement, and in recognizing their place in the world as they expand the knowledge gained at the University of Minnesota.

The University is also happy to offer the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP). The Scholarship program is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to CLA and UMTC undergraduates by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project.

With all these convenient options, it’s no wonder that approximately one third of all CLA students study abroad!

For more information on studying abroad, please visit our University-wide Learning Abroad Center. There, you can search for program information based on major, or you can search across all programs.

CLA Education Abroad Staff

Tim Dohmen

Tim Dohmen, Education Abroad Program Director, College of Liberal Arts

Tim is in a shared position as an Education Abroad Program Director.  In the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center (LAC), he manages the Study and Intern programs in London, Sydney and Dublin.  In the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) he works collaboratively with both academic and non-academic units to increase awareness and participation in education abroad opportunities.  Tim has a specific focus on student recruitment and supporting the development of short-term faculty-led programs in the college.  Tim has 14 years of experience in international education serving as on-site program staff in the UK, advising and preparing students for experiences abroad and working closely with faculty to develop programs and abroad. He has Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Development from the University of St. Thomas and has presented regionally and nationally on the assessment of student learning outcomes and integrating career readiness programming into education abroad programming.


Michal Kobialka

Michal Kobialka, Faculty Director, Learning Abroad Programs, College of Liberal Arts

Michal is a Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota and he also serves as the Faculty Director of Learning Abroad Programs in the College of Liberal Arts.  In this role Michal has worked extensively on the development of the Learning Abroad Center’s program in Dublin Ireland, and has participated in several reviews for other faculty led and Learning Abroad Center programs abroad.  Michal assists CLA academic departments to identify and develop opportunities to integrate learning abroad programs into the curriculum.  Michal has published over 100 articles, essays and reviews and is the author of two books A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944-1990 and, This Is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages.  Michal has held professorships nationally and internationally and is currently the Paul W. Frenzel Professorship in the Liberal Arts.