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Learning Abroad in Physics

There is no such thing as a “local” company or issue anymore. An international experience will provide you with the necessary skills to work effectively in industry, academia, and the public sector. Every CSE student should consider gaining international experience through study abroad.

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the School of Physics and Astronomy before beginning your study abroad research.

Physics students planning on studying abroad will need to start working on their Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form as soon as they have chosen a program.

Once you have chosen the courses that you want to take abroad (always choose more courses than you intend to take), have descriptions for those courses, and have begun filling out the APSA, you will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in physics.

You will want to meet with Adam Pagel in 106 Lind Hall to discuss the courses you will take abroad.

Programs

Americas

Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (available through IFSA-Butler Argentina)

  • The Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNC) is located in Mendoza, and is one of the top regional universities in Argentina
  • Mendoza is in the heart of Argentina’s wine-producing region and is at the foot of the Andes mountains, a great location for outdoor enthusiasts
  • Instruction is in Spanish

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University of Melbourne

  • One of the world’s top research and teaching institutions. The University is strong in science, business, social science, humanities, and engineering disciplines
  • Melbourne was recently named the “world’s most livable city” because of its culture and arts, parklands, architecture, and climate
  • The surrounding state of Victoria offers students many class related and weekend opportunities

China

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • This is a special exchange program open to CSE students
  • HKUST’s mission is to help students become versatile, innovative, and caring global citizens
  • All courses are in English

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Europe

Austria

University of Graz

  • The University of Graz or Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz is the second largest, and second oldest university in Austria
  • It is the oldest institution in Graz, founded in 1585 by Archduke Charles II of Austria
  • All courses are in German

France

Université de Nantes (available through IES Nantes)

  • Second largest university in France with 32,000 students. It is a well-known French university, located in the city of Nantes
  • The city is located on the Loire River in the northwest province of Brittany. Nantes is a major port and industrial center; it is also a lively cosmopolitan city
  • All courses are in French

Hungary

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Nonaffiliated Program)

  • This program is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Students should contact the Learning Abroad Center for information on the nonaffiliated program process.
  • You may participate on any nonaffiliated program not listed in the Learning Abroad Center's catalog, as long as you will receive an official transcript from an accredited tertiary level degree-granting institution.
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) was founded in 1782, and it was the first institute in Europe to train engineers at university level
  • Considered the oldest university of technology in the world. The university is located on the side of the Danube between the Szabadság Bridge and the Pet?fi Bridge
  • Inner city Budapest is just across the river, about a 10-minute walk by either of the bridges

United Kingdom

Lancaster University, England

  • Lancaster University is one of the UK’s leading universities with a comprehensive curricula including extensive course offerings in the sciences
  • Picturesque setting on the edge of England’s Lake District located between the Irish Sea and the moors of the Pennines

University of Strathclyde (available through ISEP Direct)

  • Top teaching and research university in the United Kingdom
  • Reputation for high academic and research standards has led to extensive collaboration with industry educational institutions throughout the world
  • Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, within easy reach of the Scottish highlands, Edinburgh and London

Additional Options to Consider

College of Science and Engineering Learn Abroad

  • Students should also look at the study abroad exchanges and programs approved for other CSE departments on which you may be able to take general requirements as well as mechanical and electrical engineering courses. For information on exchanges, contact Adam Pagel, 106 Lind Hall or email.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

  • An organization dedicated to developing global skills in tomorrow’s technical leaders. IAESTE coordinates on-the-job training for students
  • The University of Minnesota is one of twenty educational institutions in the U.S. with a local IAESTE committee. Visit their website for more information.
Global Seminars
  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!
Freshman Seminars
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Engineers Without Borders

  • EWB partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and sustainable engineering projects.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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