College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Planning ahead for study abroad

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If you want to earn credits and fill technical requirements start a year ahead (at least a semester) and work closely with your academic adviser and department.

Follow the steps below to plan your semester abroad. (You don’t need to follow these steps for other learning-abroad experiences like global seminars or volunteering.)

You can apply most federal and state financial aid and utilize University scholarships to study-abroad programs. Scholarships are available at the University, collegiate, and departmental levels.

Get started

  1. Think about your goals for studying abroad. Do you want to earn technical credits toward your degree, fill liberal-education requirements, study a language, or earn credits toward a minor or second major? Do you have a country in mind?  Review major specific suggestions.
  2. Create a profile and complete the First Step module on the University Learning Abroad website. Have a First Step meeting to learn the basics of learning abroad.
  3. Make an appointment with CSE International Programs, which will advise you about options and processes.
  4. Tell your academic advisor you are interested in studying abroad at each registration appointment. Together, identify the best terms to go abroad, based on the courses in your Four Year Plan.

Pick a program

  1. Enjoy researching programs through University Learning Abroad and CSE International Programs.
  2. Check the database of International Course-Transfer Equivalencies. More information at CSE International Programs. Some course information isn’t immediately available, so you may need to correspond with the host university.
  3. Pick your program!
  4. Apply through the sponsoring institution.

Complete an Academic Plan for Study Abroad

  1. Download the form here or pick one up in CSE International Programs.
  2. Fill in the form, including courses you plan to take and requirements you plan to fill.
  3. Schedule a meeting with the director of undergraduate studies in your department if you plan to fill a technical requirement. Departments must approve technical course credit in advance.

Make the courses count

  1. Go abroad, study, have fun, and pass your courses.
  2. Ask your department to update your APAS when you get back to reflect the previously approved course credits.