Study Abroad

Take your story off the page
Earn Credit and improve language skills
Gain confidence
Advance your career

Daily immersion is shown to be the most effective way to learning a language. Take your learning off the page by living the culture through real conversation while earning credit toward your degree. Living in a foreign country will spark your imagination and broaden your world view. The experience will strengthen your thinking and problem solving skills. As you adapt to your new surroundings, you will grow in ways you never imagined. 73% of employers value cultural experience and consider study abroad critical when evaluating the resume of a job candidate. Today's global marketplace requires intellectual flexibility, cultural awareness, and diverse communication skills - your education abroad will give you the hands on experience to exceed expectations.

After [learning about] the program and seeing how incredibly doable it was and how it could fit into my life, major and pocketbook, I took the plunge and opted for a semester in Berlin" Jackson Thomas Music Major, German Minor
Faculty-Led Study Abroad Opportunities for Students of Spanish

Bilbao, Spain

Faculty Coordinator:
Dr. Iker González-Allende
OLDH 1026

Faculty Leader:
Montserrat Fuente Camacho

Bilbao is one of the most vibrant cities in Spain, nestled between beaches and mountains. At the University of Deusto, you will have many opportunities—Spanish language classes at all levels are available, as well as culture and business courses. During the semester program you can take advantage of education and business internships including service learning opportunities.

All CIDE Programs include guided cultural visits to places of interest, medical insurance, housing service, and academic and personal orientation (before and during the student's stay at the University of Deusto).

Upon the completion of any CIDE Program, students will receive an Official Academic Transcript from the University of Deusto, so that they can transfer the credits earned at Deusto in their home University.

Business & Spanish ProgramSpanish & Culture Program

Deusto Campus
Farol Da Barra

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Through the lens of language: Brazilian History, Culture and Society - Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish

Dr. Isabel Velázquez

This five-week program was designed for Spanish-speaking students interested in studying Portuguese while learning about Brazil’s history, culture and society in the context of Latin America and in relation to the United States.

This course is open to students who grew up speaking Spanish at home, and to mid/advanced second language learners of Spanish. In these five weeks, students will get a chance to leverage the Spanish they already know to develop a working knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese in classes that will specifically target metalinguistic awareness, common grammar pitfalls and particular phonological challenges faced by speakers of Spanish who are acquiring Portuguese as a third language.

The three key themes in this course are:

  • Identity, race and ethnicity in multilingual and multicultural societies
  • Social impact of economic reform in Latin America
  • Immigration and population movements in a global world

The site for this experience is the city of Salvador, in the State of Bahia, first historical capital of Brazil, and world heritage site according to UNESCO. Because of its history and geographical location on the Northeastern coast of Brazil, Bahia is the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture and one of the most biodiverse regions in the country. Importantly, Salvador is also the third-largest city in Brazil, and faces many of the social and economic challenges that are faced by other cities in the region currently undergoing accelerated urbanization.

Program Details

Study Abroad Opportunities for French Students


Dr. Jordan Stump

Live and study in Montpellier, one of France’s fastest growing cities and an emerging cultural and educational center. Within easy reach of both the Pyrénées Mountains and the Mediterranean, and home to 100,000 university students, Montpellier is a young, vibrant city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. It is the ideal place for an introduction to French language and culture. Program includes a 2-week homestay followed by a month in the university dormitories. Also includes three cultural excursions (in addition to those offered in Advanced French). Courses include Advanced French (3 credits) and La France Mosaïque: Perspectives on Contemporary France (3 credits). A professor from the University of Minnesota serves as the on-site director of this program, providing logistical support, housing arrangements, etc.

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Summer in Angers

Dr. Jordan Stump

Immerse yourself in the French language by taking courses at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest’s CIDEF (Centre International d’Études Françaises) and living with a host family in Angers for the month of July! Participate in French language coursework each week with regular field trips and hands-on learning, as well as weekend excursions to le Mont Saint-Michel, the Normandy beaches, the castles of Loire and more.

This program is based in the beautiful city of Angers, on the Loire River, in the midst of the Anjou winemaking region and the Châteaux de la Loire. A youthful, bustling, refined city, it also boasts a magnificent old town and one of France’s finest Medieval castles. Paris is an hour and a half away by TGV, and the Atlantic ocean, along with cities like Tours, Poitiers, and Nantes. Classes will be taught at the CIDEF, an internationally-known school of French as a second language.

This four week program will build students' language skills through participation in language and writing classes, conversation classes and lab work. Students will also take a 3 hour per week course taught by the resident director, focusing on a comparative study of French and American culture. They will return with 6 hours of French credit at UNL. The ideal time to participate in this program is after 202 or 210, but students at other levels are encouraged to talk to a study-abroad advisor.

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Faculty Led Study Abroad Opportunity for German Students

Deutsch in Deutschland

Dr. Christina Brantner

Choose between three unique programs: a semester long immersive language experience with the opportunity to live with a German host family in one of the most exciting cities in Europe, or a summer German theater program or an internship opportunity.

For the 4 months language and culture courses 20 credit hours can be transferred (prearranged). You may earn additional hours as a visiting student at a German university in the second phase of the program. This credit is transferable by UNL department validation on return.

Semester ProgramTheater ProgramInternship Program

UNL Students in Berlin
UNL Berlin Spring Study Abroad Program, 2020 group