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, 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 studying abroad credits for the GSD major or one of our 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 major/minor requirements. The LAC’s Major Advising Page for GSD has additional information.
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 check our Scholarships & Awards page that includes departmental study abroad scholarships.