The Student Organization

Minnesota first overseas student research program

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, is Minnesota’s oldest, and one-of-a-kind study and research abroad program. Open to students from all Minnesota colleges and universities, it was founded in 1947 by a group of students who saw the need for international understanding. Since its inception, 3,000 SPANners have visited 93 countries on six continents.

As a student-led and student-run organization, SPAN and the Minnesota SPAN Association (the 501-c-3 non-profit entity) rely on both current and former SPANners for governance, participation and volunteerism. The students who are involved in directing the program and the non-profit organization do so with the support, input, and guidance from SPAN alumni who remain connected to SPAN because of the difference it made in their education, and their professional and personal lives. 

The following elective positions within the Minnesota SPAN Association are currently held by new and recent SPAN students:


Vice president

SPANners-at large

2014 SPAN Country representatives

2015 SPAN Country representatives

New and recent SPANners are also encouraged to participate in recruiting new SPANners, assist in the SPAN office and library, and to communicate on behalf of SPAN, i.e., in the classroom, on the web, in the newsletter, etc.