Study Abroad programs have been postponed at this time.
Please visit the UMD Study Abroad site for the latest updates.
Here are some reasons to do a short-term program:
- 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
Denmark & Sweden - ART 3095
Ecuador - ANTH 3200
England - ENGL 4300
Germany - GER 3040
Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic - IS 3180
India - COMM or GEOG 3800
Ireland - ENGL or ESCI 3605
Jamaica - AAAS 3005
Peru - SPAN 3890
Poland - COMM or HIST 3575
Spain - SPAN 3894, 3190 or 3290
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Most WINTER BREAK 2021 programs:
October 16, 2020
NOTE: Winter Break programs apply to spring term.
for SUMMER 2021 programs:
February 1, 2021
- CHIN 1399 Language and Culture in China (prereq is at least 24 credits, no Chinese language required)
- 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 cr
COSTA RICA - Study Abroad Brochure (postponed at this time)
- HIST 3313 Global Surf Culture (no prereq)
- 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
- ART 3095 Nordic Art and Design in Denmark and Sweden (prereq is at least 24 credits)
- Study Scandinavian art and design through a variety of artistic styles, media, practices, traditions, and innovations.
- Explore ideas of interactivity and play in fostering creativity within art and design.
- Investigate the cultural goal of ”art for all’ in art, art in the marketplace, art education, design, and art history.
- Actively use, interact with and critique various design and wayfinding systems while traveling by various means through multiple countries
- Visit art and design studios, glassworks, galleries, schools, art museums, public landmarks, and sculpture parks to learn first-hand how traditional and contemporary art and design is integrated into Scandinavian society.
ECUADOR - Study Abroad Brochure (postponed at this time)
- ANTH 3200 Exploring Sustainability (no prereq)
- 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)
- ENGL 4300 Shakespeare in England (no prereq)
- 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
GERMANY - Study Abroad Brochure (postponed at this time)
- GER 3040 German Culture in Germany (prereq is GER 1202)
- 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 Potsdam
Program Highlights - IS 3180, 3 cr
GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, CZECH REPUBLIC - Study Abroad Brochure (postponed at this time)
- IS 3180 Women's Health and Policy (prereq is 45 credits)
- 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.
INDIA - Study Abroad Brochure (postponed at this time)
- COMM/GEOG 3800 Community Empowerment in South Asia (prereq 3.0 GPA, 30 credits)
- 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 cr
IRELAND - Study Abroad Brochure (postponed at this time)
- ENGL/ESCI 3605 The Irish Landscape (prereq WRIT 1120 or equivalent, GEOL 1110 or 1610 or GEOG 1414)
- 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
- AAAS 3005 Roots and Rebellion (prereq is at least 24 credits)
- 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 - Study Abroad Brochure (postponed at this time)
- SPAN 3890 Language and Culture in Peru (prereq SPAN 1202)
- 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!
- COMM/HIST 3575 Jews & Poles: Entangled Lives (prereq is at least 24 credits)
- Come face to face with the history of the Holocaust by visiting and engaging with key sites in Hitler's killing grounds in Poland
- Tour the grounds of the Auschwitz concentration and death camp and explore the sites of the Warsaw Ghetto
- Study at Polin: The Museum of the History of Polish Jews
- Explore Treblinka, the site of the infamous death camp
- Visit Schindler's Factory, and Plaszow camp in Krakow, featured in the film Schindler’s List
- May 2019 trip recap
Program Highlights - 6 cr
SPAIN, Salamanca - Study Abroad Brochures:
SPAN 3894-Spanish Language & Culture (prereq is SPAN 1202)
SPAN 3190-Spanish Language & Culture for Business - internship (prereq is at least 24 credits, no Spanish language required)
SPAN 3290-Spanish Language & Culture for Health & Science - internship (prereq is at least 24 credits, no Spanish language required)
- 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