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CLA Short-Term Study Abroad Programs

CLA Students

Here are some reasons to do a short-term program:student in Spain

    • all U of MN students are welcome
    • learn how to travel abroad from experts
    • instructors can assist with travel prep and tips/support along the way
    • tour guide included in trip which guarantees an intense and personal experience
    • tour tickets/passes included
    • English language woven into the program
    • room/board included
    • safety in a group
    • potential to stay longer and travel with friends, family or on your own

China - CHIN 1399
Costa Rica - HIST 3313 (winter 2020)
Ecuador - ANTH 3200
England - ENGL 4300
Germany - GER 3040
Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic - IS 3180 (*NEW* for summer 2020)
India - COMM or GEOG 3800
Ireland - ENGL or ESCI 3605 (*NEW* for summer 2020)
Jamaica - AAAS 3005
Peru - SPAN 3890 (*NEW* for summer 2020)
Poland - COMM or HIST 3575
Spain - SPAN 3894

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DEADLINE for PROGRAMSScholarship winners for short-term abroad

most WINTER BREAK 2020 programs:
October 15, 2019
     NOTE: Winter Break programs apply to spring term.

for SUMMER 2020 programs:
February 1, 2020

Program Highlights - CHIN 1399, 6 cr

CHINA - Study Abroad Brochure   (not scheduled for summer 2020)

  • Immerse in Chinese language and culture  
  • Experience and understand the Eastern wisdom and Chinese ideology
  • Study Mandarin Chinese from beginning level to advanced level depending on proficiency
  • Travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Qingdao, and Beijing to gain knowledge of Chinese civilization and its people
  • Stay on campus at Ocean University in Qingdao, a beach city on the Yellow Sea

Program Highlights - HIST 3313, 4 crCosta Rica poster (2020)

COSTA RICA - Study Abroad Brochure

  • Applies to the United States geographical area in the history program
  • Analyze the history of surfing and past U.S. involvement in Latin America
  • Explore how past wars and how current surf tourism coincide
  • Learn how to surf
  • 2018-19 Winter Break trip recap

Program Highlights - ANTH 3200, 6 cr

ECUADOR - Study Abroad Brochure  (not scheduled for summer 2020)

  • Learn about the diversity and complexity of Latin American cultures
  • Explore the practice of sustainability in an international context
  • Take part in a service learning experience in Ecuador, grounded in participatory research
  • Interpret social, political and economic issues now and in future Latin America

Program Highlights - ENGL 4300, 4 cr

ENGLAND - Study Abroad Brochure  (postponed at this time)

  • Applies as a Genre elective
  • Experiential exploration of theatre history in England such as the literary and cultural context of plays you’ll see abroad
  • A two-week online course in Duluth and then depart for England to view professional productions
  • Major examples of dramatic literature spanning the Roman era to the present, with an emphasis on English traditions
  • Understanding the relationship between theatre and society in England
  • Exploration of theatre’s historical and cultural settings through architecture, artifacts, and live performances

Program Highlights - GER 3040, 3 cr

GERMANY - Study Abroad Brochure  (not scheduled for summer 2020)

  • Study German history, culture, literature and politics while enhancing your language skills in the classroom and on field trips to museums, historic sites and other points of interest
  • See the Berlin Wall, Museum Island, Checkpoint Charlie, the Bundestag and the Turkish Market
  • Hike and bike through the heart of Berlin, through the green forests and near the blue rivers and lakes surrounding PotsdamGerman, Netherlands, Czech Republic poster (summer 2020)

Program Highlights - IS 3180, 3 cr


  • Compare and contrast the disparities in women’s health between the U.S. and three EU countries, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic,
  • Compare and contrast economic policies impacting women (e.g., maternity leave policies, housing policies, food availability) in the U.S. and three EU countries
  • Describe the broad historical and cultural contexts for women’s healthcare with a look at public health initiatives that promote women’s health.
  • Describe sexuality education programs for youth in each country and how those inform sexual health services and beliefs.

Program Highlights - GEOG/COMM 3800, 4 cr

INDIA - Study Abroad Brochure (not scheduled for summer 2020)

  • Examine theories of social change at the Indian Social Institute, which is dedicated to empowering marginalized people in India
  • Interact and learn from local communities involved in activism and advocacy efforts at the grassroots level
  • Explore historical and cultural locations including the temples at Belur and Halebid and the Nrityagram Dance Village

Program Highlights - ENGL/ESCI 3605, 4 crIreland poster summer 2020

IRELAND - Study Abroad Brochure

  • The foundation of myths and legends that helped shape the Irish literary tradition
  • The beginnings of literacy in Ireland and written literary traditions like dindsenchas
  • Irish nationalism from 1798 forward and the idea of Irish literature
  • The Great Famine in literature, on the landscape, and in modern memorializing
  • History of the glacial and post-glacial landscape development and climate
  • Archaeological vestiges and their connection to landscape and culture
  • Development and use of peat bogs, bog people, and sacrificial and ceremonial traditions
  • The colonial landscape from the Normans to the Civil War
  • The Little Ice Age, which culminated about 1850
  • The landscape as a sacred expression
  • The potato blight

Program Highlights - AAAS 3005, 3 cr

JAMAICA - Study Abroad Brochure  (postponed at this time)

  • Spend part of your winter break studying abroad in this island country, situated in the Caribbean Sea!
  • Explore Jamaican culture first hand by visiting cultural heritage sites that attest to the Jamaican experiences of oppression, resistance, and rebellion.
  • Visit historic sites such as military forts, slave trading forts, Maroon villages, and historical and cultural museums.
  • 2018-19 Winter Break trip recap
    Peru poster summer 2020

Program Highlights - SPAN 3890, 5 cr

PERU - Study Abroad Brochure

  • Study Spanish at the Universidad del Pacífico, an AACSB accredited business school.
  • Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and improve your comprehension and speaking skills while staying with a host family.
  • Experience Peruvian culture at its best while visiting art museums, theaters, concert halls, and historic locations.
  • Visit Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy sunny days and cool nights on beautiful sandy beaches of the Pacific coast! 

Program Highlights - COMM/HIST 3575, 4 cr

POLAND - Study Abroad Brochure (not scheduled for summer 2020)

  • Life of the Shtetl: Separation and Assimilation
  • Discrimination and Citizenship
  • Jewish contributions to culture, society, and economy
  • Jew, Ukrainians, and Poles: A Complicated Relationship
  • The Holocaust: Ghettos and Extermination
  • Jewish Life in Poland Today
  • May 2019 trip recap

Program Highlights - SPAN 3894, 6 cr

SPAIN - Study Abroad Brochure   ((not scheduled for summer 2020)

  • Study Spanish language, literature and culture at Universidad de Salamanca (University of Salamanca)
  • Live with a Salamantine family to further cement language skills and be a part of Salamantine daily life
  • Stroll through the urban environment of the Old City
  • Practice language skills with Spaniards and international students alike in a diverse and multicultural city
  • Travel on three excursions within Spain and several field trips within Salamanca