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 opportunities for 2021

Spring 2021

Iceland: Nature, Culture, & Design
DES 3406
Instructor: Virajita Singh
Spring Semester (on campus)/May Term (abroad)
This course will offer you a structured experience to learn about Icelandic culture from afar through presentations, readings, and digital media, followed by direct experience and immersion in the culture, finally culminating in a phase of reflection.
Open to: all students

Blending Design & Culture in the United Kingdom
DES 1406W; Fulfills Global Perspectives and Writing Intensive liberal education requirements
Instructor: James Boyd Brent
Spring Semester (on campus)/Spring Break (abroad)
The aim of the course is to present design as an important aspect of our culture-how and why things are made, planned, organized, and positioned in our world is important. Ultimately, the goal is to observe the world around us and realize that this is at the heart of the design process.
Open to: first year students

May Term 2021
Capturing Greece: Color, Light, & Form
DES 3133; Fulfills Arts/Humanities liberal education requirement
Instructor: Monica Fogg
May Term
This experience is designed to build, expand, and deepen your vision and creativity as you examine Greek culture. Develop creative thinking and creative practice, immersing yourself in a climate of light and form, observing and experiencing water, stone, and structure in a fresh way.
Open to: all students


Undergraduate students, for more information, please contact:

  • Maria Mantey, Study Abroad Coordinator & Liaison, to explore study abroad in your major or minor. (online appointment scheduling available here).
  • Your academic advisor for questions specific to your degree requirements.

Graduate students, please contact your graduate program to inquire about study abroad opportunities.

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.