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International Studies Abroad

International Program Center
103 Deputy Hall 218-755-4096


Ms. LaMae Ritchie (

"Tell me and I will forget; show me and I will remember; involve me and I will understand." (Confucius)

Study in another country provides an unequaled learning experience and is a valuable complement to classroom learning. Understanding other cultures helps us understand ourselves and the world in which we live. Appreciating other cultures and other world citizens enhances our personal lives and our professional opportunities.

As an institution, Bemidji State University affirms the educational value of study abroad and wishes to provide the richest possible range of experiences abroad for its students. Among the current opportunities available to students are semester or year-long programs, including exchange programs and a semester-long Eurospring program. Short-term programs include semester break study/tour programs and summer study/tour programs. BSU also supports students who wish to pursue independent study abroad opportunities at foreign institutions through established and approved programs. In most programs, students may be eligible for financial aid to help finance the cost.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Good academic standing
Sophomore status
Recommended Interests
Cultural adaptability
Good interpersonal skills
Interest in another culture

Career Directions

Study abroad complements many majors, and increases opportunities in careers that require understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of other cultures.


Sinosummer Study Program and Study Tour of China
A unique opportunity for two weeks of study of Chinese history, culture, and society at Liaoning University in Shenyang, People's Republic of China. Complementing the academic program is a study tour of Liaoning Province, Inner Mongolia, and Beijing in northeastern China; Xian in north central China; and Guilin and Guangzhou in southern China. The visit to China concludes with an excursion in the exciting and bustling city of Hong Kong. On the way home across the Pacific, students stop in Hawaii for three days. This is a program for the adventurous student who is culturally adaptable and flexible.

Additional Summer Study/Tour Programs
Additional study abroad opportunities are often offered by academic departments that are more specific to the major.


Study Program and Study Tour of Malaysia and Thailand
Offered during the semester break between fall and spring semesters, this program’s home base is in Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.This program is hosted by HELP Institute in Kuala Lumpur and offers travel and study of Malaysia and Thailand. In addition to lectures about Malaysian customs, culture, history, economy, geography, agriculture, and environment, HELP Institute provides numerous field trips into the city and the Klang Valley. Rural home stays are arranged as well as a three-day excursion to the Taman Negara Rain Forest. The tour of Bangkok, Thailand, is for two days and includes visits to Wat Phi; the Grand Palace; Wat Phra Keo; and Ayuthahya, the ancient capital; and a long tail boat ride.


Eurospring: Study in Oxford, England, and a Tour of Europe
Offered during spring semester of each year, this program combines five weeks of study in Oxford, England, with a three-week tour of continental Europe. Study in Oxford focuses each year on a particular period of England and European culture. Offered on a four-year rotational cycle, study begins with the medieval period and progresses through the 19th and early 20th centuries. While at Oxford, students live in Wycliffe Hall, one of the constituent halls of Oxford University. Study in Oxford is followed by a study tour through the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic.


Study in Denmark: Aalborg University
Semester or year-long student exchange program.
Students with at least junior year status can enroll for either one or two semesters at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark, in a variety of interdisciplinary programs in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied fields. Instruction and course work is in English.

Study in Germany: Fachhochschule, Magdeburg
Semester or year-long student exchange program for German language students.

Study in Japan: Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Osaka
Year-long student exchange program.
Students can study at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, for one full academic year in the Asian Studies Program. Students may participate in the home stay program arranged by Kansai Gaidai or may be accommodated in a Kansai Gaidai dormitory.

Study in Sweden: Växjö University
Semester or year-long student exchange program.
Växjö University is a major regional university in southeastern Sweden. It is medium sized and diversified, with about 10,000 students. Students’ knowledge and academic skills are challenged through specialized courses and experiences. All courses are taught in English.

Study in England: Hertfordshire University
Spring semester program.
Students in BSU’s Design Technology/Model Design program have an opportunity to earn 12-14 BSU credits in Industrial Technology at Hertfordshire University, whose program strengths are in visual effects work related to the thriving television and film industry in the UK and Europe.

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