Study and research abroad

Transform yourself and your future

Time abroad is more than just travel. Experiencing a new culture first-hand will expand and deepen how you think about the world, and yourself.

By participating in CEHD study abroad programs, students will experience:

Cultural immersion: Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture and gain a deeper understanding of different customs, traditions, and perspectives. This cultural immersion can broaden their horizons and foster a greater appreciation for diversity.

Personal growth: Studying abroad often involves stepping out of one's comfort zone and facing new challenges. This experience can help students develop independence, adaptability, resilience, and problem-solving skills. It can also enhance self-confidence and self-awareness.

Career opportunities: Studying abroad can enhance your resume and make you stand out to potential employers. The international experience, intercultural competence, and language skills gained through studying abroad are highly valued in today's global job market.

U of M-sponsored programs

There are many U of M-sponsored or affiliated programs, which have been vetted and approved by the Learning Abroad Center or another unit on campus. U of M offers students the opportunity to learn abroad through a wide variety of culturally immersive academic programs and to prepare them for an increasingly interconnected world.

Scholarship Opportunities 

CEHD has study abroad scholarships for undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in a CEHD degree-seeking program and participating in an approved University of Minnesota study-abroad program. Students may also receive scholarships from the University Learning Abroad Center and are encouraged to apply for both. 

Plan early and check the scholarship deadlines in advance. Also, it is important to meet with a Learning Abroad advisor and a CEHD learning abroad specialist to discuss in advance to learn more about requirements.

CEHD International Initiatives is providing additional scholarship support for new programs, such as France and Puerto Rico. Reach out to learn more!!

For more information

Lamia Shapiro, CEHD Education Abroad Coordinator

CEHD-sponsored programs

These programs are facilitated by CEHD faculty, giving students access to top researchers in their fields. Programs are designed to align with CEHD majors and research interests and affirm the college’s mission to contribute to a just and sustainable future through engagement with local and global communities.

Puerto Rico Application Deadline January 15, 2024

History, Diversity, and Community
Travel dates: May 11-18, 2024
Explore the history of diversity and community under the lens of Puerto Rico’s political, societal, and cultural context.

Puerto Rico landscape

Thailand Application Deadline March 1, 2024

Global Change, Community, and Families
Travel dates: May 11-26, 2024
Explore issues of social justice as we consider how global change is affecting northern Thailand's diverse families, communities, and natural environment.

Thialand Wat

South Korea Application Deadline April 25, 2024

Culture, Language, and Education
Travel dates: July 30 - August 16, 2024
You know all the K-Pop and K-drama stars. Now come experience South Korea’s rich culture, tradition, and modern technology for yourself.

Plate with food


Cross-Cultural Experiences in Education & English Teaching
Travel dates: May 15 - August 14, 2024
Witness the challenge of building an education system in the rapidly developing country of Brazil.


Brazil Specifically designed for TRIO students, by nomination only.

Communities of Power & Resistance
Travel dates: May 9-23, 2024
Learn about the importance on empowering communities through community engagement, intercultural communication, and human rights awareness exploration.



Your financial aid may transfer
to a study abroad program.
Over 275 scholarships
are available, ranging from
$750 to over $10,000.

Research abroad

Our departments maintain partnerships with organizations and institutions abroad, and many of our faculty are active in international research.

Many undergraduate study abroad programs include research opportunities and are eligible for the Learning Abroad Center's research scholarship.

Before leaving for Puerto Rico, our instructor encouraged building community among each other in the group and I am glad we did because that is the way of the island. Despite the socioeconomic reality for many of the communities we visited, there were always people outside, sharing a meal, enjoying the beach, and just having a strong gratitude for living life surrounded by loved ones.

- Chloe Villegas, study abroad student

Study abroad student