University of Minnesota
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Community Involvement

Off-Campus Study Terms in the U.S.

HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs), through Off-Campus Study, offers several undergraduate off-campus study programs that help you develop a first-hand understanding of some of the most important issues in American life. Each of the thematic programs integrates classroom work with structured field studies; the semester programs also include a 20-hour-per-week internship. You do not take classes on campus while you are studying with HECUA, but you remain a full-time registered University of Minnesota student for visa and financial aid purposes.

HECUA currently offers six options:

  • Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity, and Advocacy (formerly City Arts)
  • Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy, and Community Action
  • Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment (formerly the Metro Urban Studies Term/MUST)
  • Writing for Social Change: The Personal, the Political, and the Power of the Written Word
  • Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Activism
  • Agriculture & Justice: Building a Sustainable Food System