Study Abroad

About study abroad

Studying abroad allows students to earn academic credit while experiencing the adventure and exhilaration of living in a new place. The International Education Study Abroad program at Normandale Community College is offered in collaboration with EGL (Education for Global Learning), partnership with University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and Normandale faculty led programs.

Why Study Abroad

We live in a very globalized world and having study abroad experience gives students an edge in the marketplace. Many companies are multinational and they are looking for individuals who have a worldview, who understand the sensitives regarding culture, heritage, tradition and religion.

Many four-year institutions are now requiring a study abroad experience, including Carlson School of Business. A study abroad experience at Normandale can be applied to most schools' requirement.

Learn more

Are you thinking about taking advantage of one of the Study Abroad opportunities? You can explore each program in depth using this web site, or you may simply contact Dan Creed or your school's EGL Representative to find the information you need.

Where Students are Traveling

Click here to access the Study Abroad Guide about where students are studying abroad plus a host of other related topics like:

  • Learning a foreign language
  • U.S. students abroad by major
  • Academics
  • Cultural considerations

2014-2015 Semester programs


Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy.
Attend semster or summer sessions.
Click here for additional information.


Live and study in a 300 year-old castle in Dalkeith, Scotland, six miles from Edinburgh. Go to for application and information. Cost approximately $7800 including room and board, and tuition. Airfare is separate.

Costa Rica

This is an EGL program hosted by Ridgewater College.

For information on cost and courses, contact:

Ruth Fairchild
CMST Faculty
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave. NW
Willmar, MN 56201

Kathy J. Steffen, Ed.D.
English/Reading/CMST Faculty
Ridgewater College
2 Century Ave.
Hutchinson, MN 55350


Study Spanish in several destinations through Mankato State University (MSU). For cost and program information contact or go to


Experience China! Set in beautiful Hangzhou, "Experience China" provides a rich, cultural immersion with the comfort and safety of an organized and well-staffed international learning community. Fall and spring semesters offered. Go to for application and information.

2015 - 2016 Study Travel

Story Telling in the British Isles (COMM 1900).   

May 16 – 28, 2015. 

Cost:  $3,897.00  plus tuition. 

This course culminates in a short-term study abroad experience in Dublin, Ireland; London, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland.  By focusing on the tradition of storytelling in the British Isles, students will understand how this unique form of oral performance has shaped understanding of those specific cultural and social environments.   Students will explore the art and origin of storytelling and performance, as well as the three core forms of the oral tradition:  cultural folklore, autobiographical narratives, and ethnographic oral histories.  Emphasis will be given to vocal and physical delivery elements as a means to communicate the message of a personal/family story or literary text.

For information, contact Jennifer Isaac or 952-358-8360 or Aimee Dubois at or 952-358-8693.

The Medici & Their World (HIST & ART 1900). 

May 17-27, 2016. 

Cost:  $4,623.00 plus tuition (2 credits). 

For information, contact David Rayson or 952-358-8687 and Cindy Koopman or 952-358-8745.

CHINA: Tradition in Transformation (CHIN 1900)

May 18 – June 1, 2015

Costs; approximately $4,692 (2 credits).

This course provides a unique understanding of the way China’s history and traditions impact its cultural and economic presence in the modern world. We will visit the ancient sites in Northern China which are considered to be the cradle of Chinese civilization, as well as the very modern cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

The course will focus on China’s ancient traditions currently in transition, and on their relevance to the emerging global role of China.

For more information and itinerary, click here.

Business in Russia (BUSN 1900)

July 29 - August 6, 2015. 

Costs; approximately $4, 254 plus tuition (3 credits). 

Study business models in Moscow and St. Petersburg. 

For information, contact Dan Creed or 952-358-8689 Application and sign-up online at (tour code – Creed -3050).