Are you interested in participating in an off-campus study experience, but don't want to travel halfway around the world? At the University of Minnesota, you can! The University of Minnesota's off-campus study programs allow students to exchange and study at affiliated universities all over North America for a semester, or even year.
For instance, the National Student Exchange program allows students to exchange at universities across the United States (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico), as well as Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada! As a former biology major, I think it would have been amazing to study marine biology at California State University Monterey Bay for a semester. Or, spend a year mastering Spanish at one of the several universities in Puerto Rico.
Off-campus study programs are an excellent opportunity to enrich your undergraduate experience, meet new friends, take courses that are specific to a certain geographic area (such as marine biology), and simply experience college life in another place--and then return home to the U of M!