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
Interior Design
Landscape Design and Planning
Housing Studies
Retail Merchandising

Instructor-Led Study Abroad Programs

Spring Semester 2020

Blending Design & Culture in the United Kingdom

Open to undergraduate freshman
Instructor: James Boyd Brent, Graphic Design
Term: Spring Break 2020 (March 6 – Mar 15, 2020)
Application deadline: December 1, 2019
Contact: Whitney Westley Fisher, Learning Abroad Center

May Session 2020

Discover Cuba

Open to undergraduate and graduate students
Instructors: Steven McCarthy, Graphic Design; Michael Bjornberg, Architecture
Contact: Steven McCarthy or Michael Bjornberg

Japan: Architecture and The Floating World

Open to undergraduate and graduate students
Instructors: Blaine Brownell and Lisa Hsieh, Architecture
Contact: Nicole Kennedy, Graduate Student Advisor or Lisa Hsieh, Architecture

Summer Session 2020

Design in Rome

Open to undergraduate students
Instructor: James Boyd Brent, Graphic Design & local Italian instructors
Application deadline: February 1, 2020
Contact: Whitney Westley Fisher, Learning Abroad Center

Winter Break Session 2020–2021

China Fashion Study Tour

Open to Apparel Design majors, Retail Merchandising majors/minors, and Fashion Studies minors
Instructor: Elizabeth (Missy) Bye, Apparel Design
Contact: Elizabeth (Missy) Bye

For more information about undergraduate study abroad opportunities in general for College of Design students, please contact Maria Mantey, Study Abroad Coordinator & Liaison. Graduate students, please contact your graduate program.

Career Relevance

The Importance of Study Abroad for Employability

In today’s globalized marketplace, nearly every organization has an international component. Whether you plan to join a small local company, a government agency, an educational institution, or a multinational corporation, you must prove that you can adapt to a globally connected workplace. Employers increasingly expect candidates to demonstrate exposure to widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints. Learning abroad is one of the best ways to gain this experience and differentiate yourself from others. 

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.