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Study Abroad International Education

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities can help you prepare for an exciting future by offering study abroad programs, international and global studies, study-travel courses, and world and modern language programs. Study abroad (semester and half-semester) and international study-travel courses (one to three weeks) are led by one or more faculty members of the sponsoring college(s). These courses are taken for credit in most cases and focus on the specific content in the teaching area of the faculty member(s).

The valuable life skills you acquire from studying abroad are put into practice long before you arrive in your host country. They begin as soon as you start investigating your study abroad options. These reference materials can be useful as you plan:

Study Abroad Blog from Salamanca, Spain

Read Chantelle Sundberg's summer study abroad blog. She studied at the Univeristy of Salamanca in Spain. To read her blog posts or select the orange blog icon to the right. While living in Spain, Chantelle earned 6 college credits. In addition to taking Spanish, she choose an additional class from a variety of courses such as Women's Roles in the History of Spain, The Arab World in Hispanic Culture, Spanish and Latin American Cinema, or Spanish Language for International Business. 

Study Abroad Programs Through Other Colleges 

If there is an interesting study abroad opportunity offered through another college, we can still help coordinate those efforts - from the application, housing, and financial aid process to transfering the credits earned toward your NHCC degree.

Rochester Community and Technical College offers:

  • Cambodia - Winter Break    
  • Guatemala - Summer
  • Ecuador - After Spring 

Ridgewater College offers:

  • Costa Rica Spring Semesters

Lake Superior Community College offers:

  • Italy 

Normandale Community College offers:

  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Belize

Metropolitan State University offers:

  • Nicaragua - Winter Breaks

Itasca Community College offers:

  • Denmark - Spring Semesters
  • Spain - May Sessions
  • Costa Rica March

Why Should You Study Abroad?

  • You earn college credits while traveling and living in another country.
  • You have the opportunity to be immersed in a culture and possibly learn a language.
  • You develop a greater appreciation for different cultures.
  • You learn about yourself when encountering situations that are new and unfamiliar to you.
  • You meet new people and make new friends.
  • You experience a new education system and take courses not offered at your home school.
  • You build your resume by having an authentic international experience.
  • You improve your communication skills.
  • You are more prepared for the ever increasing globalized world.
  • You are bound to have a wonderful experience.    

Also visit the following websites to explore a variety of study abroad programs:  

Volunteer/Service Learning Opportunities:

Financial Programs that Help Pay to Study Abroad - Below are some financial resources and scholarships that may help pay to study abroad: