Education Abroad COVID-19 Updates

The University of Minnesota continues to closely monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and its variants. As countries around the world continue to adapt to COVID-19, public health regulations and policies can differ by location. We’ll provide you with program- and location-specific information as part of the pre-departure process. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us; don't hesitate to reach out to the Education Abroad team ( with any questions you might have. 

Additional Information

The University of Minnesota no longer requires the COVID-19 vaccine for students and employees effective July 1, 2023.  Some education abroad programs may have different vaccination requirements, and students should review the individual program pages for vaccination requirement information.  Vaccinated students should bring their original CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card and a copy with them when they go abroad.  The inability to participate in a program because of new local, national, or airline restrictions if you are not vaccinated but are eligible to be vaccinated is not considered a valid reason for a refund.   For more information about the University’s response to COVID-19, visit Safe Campus.

If a program is canceled related to COVID-19 (or for any other reason) prior to the program start date, you’ll receive a full refund including application fee and Carlson Global Institute program fees.  If you choose to cancel your participation for any reason our standard cancellation policies apply. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 prior to your departure, reach out to your program manager to discuss your next steps and options for a late arrival.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while you’re abroad, reach out to your on-site contact for information on any required quarantine or isolation precautions, as well as to discuss academic options. All students are covered by international health insurance in the case that medical intervention is necessary. Depending on location, students may incur additional non-medical expenses as a result of quarantine or isolation requirements.

International experience remains a signature component of the Carlson degree, and recent events have highlighted the need for the kinds of skills and attributes gained through global exposure (adaptability, tolerance for ambiguity, and navigating cultural difference, to name a few). 

A variety of temporary exceptions were made in spring 2020 to accommodate graduating students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward, Undergraduate students have many options to fulfill the International Experience, including access to IBUS 3092: Understanding International Business as our domestic option.  Access requires 90+ credits and enrollment may be prioritized based on graduation term.  MBA students continue to have access to 'Glocal' domestic option courses which vary from term to term.  



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