Studying abroad for a significant period of time (at least six months) will help you develop cultural familiarity and language fluency. Students who study abroad talk about how it has changed their lives in positive ways: improved language skills, first-hand experience of culture, and new perspectives on the world.
The University has a variety of programs in cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Freiburg, Graz, St. Petersburg, Oslo, Bergen, and Stockholm. The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) has information on these programs and more. The LAC is the University's comprehensive resource for study, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide. Their advisors can help you select a program, apply for financial aid, register for courses, and prepare for departure.
If you are interested in using study abroad credits for the majors or minors, you should meet with our director of undergraduate studies to make sure that the program and courses in which you are interested will fulfill the requirements.
In designing your study abroad program, remember to pay special attention to the requirements for transferring academic credit. Credits transfer most smoothly from programs sponsored by or affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Also see our Scholarships & Awards page for departmental study abroad scholarships.
For students studying Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian or Swedish, FLAS (Foreign Language & Area Studies) Fellowships may be used for study abroad. See the FLAS FAQ for details concerning what kinds of programs meet the requirements.