Program Types

UMD Study Abroad Programs

University of Minnesota Duluth’s study abroad programs have been strategically developed and evaluated for academic standards, student support, safety requirements, and overall quality. Program types are described below:

UMD Programs 

  • UMD Semester, Year, & Summer Programs: Our office develops, administers, and evaluates these experiences. We partner and work directly with universities to offer summer, semester, and year-long options. You’ll receive support and services during the entire process from our campus office, and most credits will be posted as resident credit. When at the university abroad, on-site support and staff will be provided.
  • UMD Faculty-Led Programs: Led by UMD faculty and/or staff, these programs typically run during semester breaks (May, Summer, or Winter Break) and are catered to a specific subject area. 
  • International Student Teaching Programs: These programs are run in collaboration with the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP). Education majors eligible for student teaching may participate (including Unified Early Childhood Education, Integrated Elementary Special Education, and Secondary Education).

Cosponsored Programs

UMD has strategically evaluated and selected programs administered by a few of our affiliate program providers: AIFS, API, ASA, CEA, ISA, TEAN, and USAC. You will receive support and services from both our office and affiliate staff. Most credits will be posted as resident credit. Semester, yearlong, and summer programs are available. When abroad, the affiliate organization staff will provide on-site support. Participants receive a program discount for these cosponsored affiliate programs. (Students who participate in a non-cosponsored affiliate program pay the organization’s regular program costs.)

    UMD Collegiate Programs

    Your college (CEHSP, CLA, LSBE, SCSE) may offer further international educational opportunities that aren’t currently listed through our office, so don’t hesitate to check with your department to see if other opportunities are available. 

    External Programs

    Affiliate Programs

    Study abroad organizations and companies administer these programs. You’ll receive the majority of support and services from the affiliate, however, you’ll also receive support from our office. Semester, yearlong, and summer programs are available. Most credits will be posted as resident credit. On-site support and staff are from the affiliate organization.

    UMN System Programs: Any one of the University of Minnesota campuses develops, administers, and evaluates these study abroad experiences. You’ll apply and work directly with the appropriate office to take part in one of their programs:

    Non-affiliate Programs: These are programs abroad that lack affiliation with UMD. Neither our office nor UMD faculty have reviewed the quality of these programs. Note that academic credit is not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to ensure safety, quality, and academic credit for these programs. If you participate in a non-affiliate program, you are responsible for working with the non-affiliate provider directly, in addition to our office.


    Direct Study Programs: Most time is spent living and taking classes at a local university with students and faculty from the host country, much like an international student coming to UMD. You’re expected to perform at the same level as local students, often in a more independent educational system. Institutions abroad will offer different courses, theoretical perspectives, and/or methodologies that you may find different from UMD.

    Exchange Programs: A type of study abroad program where you would trade places with international students and attend each other’s respective institutions. Due to a limited number of placements, and the cost-effectiveness of many of these programs—there is a high demand and placements often fill up before the deadline.

    Study Center Programs: In this type of program, most time is spent living and taking classes with other students in the program. Buildings may or may not be on campus and sometimes are located in city centers. Coursework often takes advantage of locations and may be experience-based. Many programs combine customized courses with opportunities for field study, internships, and/or the option to take some classes in a host-country university. Study center programs are good for students who want extra support or may not know the language of the host country well enough to enroll at a local university.

    The following options are also offered within some programs:

    • Internship Abroad Programs (unpaid, credit-bearing): Some programs combine coursework with internship placements in order to grant academic credit. Internships are unpaid. Internship placements vary with many fields being represented. 
    • Service Learning: Service learning provides direct experience applying content, ideas, and issues discussed in a class through volunteering at a community organization. You would support the organization and its goals, and the organization would give you the opportunity to serve the community and develop professional skills and contacts. Structured reflection on the experience is an essential component of a service-learning program.