Study Abroad

Major Advising Pages (MAPS)

Major Advising Pages (MAPs) are designed to motivate students to plan an academically appropriate study abroad experience. Learn more about options in your major:

Apparel design
Architecture BDA
Architecture BS
Graphic Design
Housing Studies
Interior Design
Landscape Design and Planning
Retail Merchandising

College of Design Study Abroad Programs

Undergraduate Students:

Freshman Seminars Abroad 2017-2018

Design in Naples and Rome (spring term and spring break 2018)

Study visual communication and contemporary graphic design and examine design's role in forming and articulating culture. Learn the role creativity and design innovation play in reflecting cultural meaning when you visit design in its physical context in these cities — experience the civic sculpture of Bernini in Rome and the ancient frescoes at Pompeii.

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Impressionism in Paris and Southern France (spring term and spring break 2018)

Examine how the “art climate” as well as developments in science and technology led to a movement that transformed the art world with fresh depictions of daily life. Find your own inspiration in bustling cafés, tranquil gardens, the alluring Mediterranean Sea, French villages, and other notable landscapes.

Deadline: December 1, 2017


It is highly recommended that you meet with your academic advisor. Discuss the best time to study abroad in your major, getting study abroad course work evaluated and study abroad scholarships.

Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, intern, volunteer, work, and travel experiences worldwide.

Student Profiles

Students from the College of Design are having great study abroad experiences. Check out their stories: