COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 is disrupting education abroad programming and we will keep this page updated with details.  Please review the FAQs below and don't hesitate to reach out to the Education Abroad team with any questions you might have.  

Frequently Asked Questions

CGI Programs:

  • Fall 2020 Semester Programs
    All University of Minnesota fall semester programs have been canceled due to University-wide travel restrictions.  
     
  • Spring 2021 Semester Programs
    CGI inbound and outbound exchange programs are cancelled in Spring 2021 due to continued uncertainties around visas, academic delivery and social distancing expectations at partner institutions.

    The following spring semester programs are currently offered in partnership through CGI and the LAC. Students are encouraged to speak to an education abroad advisor to understand the risks associated with enrolling in these programs.
     
    • Business in Dublin
       
    • Business in Barcelona

      Any students who choose a spring 2021 semester option should create a parallel plan to fulfill the International Experience domestically in the event spring semester programs are cancelled prior to departure.
       
  • January 2021 Global Enrichment
    CGI January Global Enrichment programs have been converted to domestic offerings in fall semester 2020 and will not travel overseas in January 2021. Faculty have fully redesigned their courses for a domestic format, incorporating many international and intercultural touch points. These courses will fulfill the International Experience expectation for enrolled students.

    IBUS 4050: Managing Innovation & Change in Brazil - After much consideration, and in light of low enrollments, IBUS 4050 will not be offered in any format this year.
     
  • CGI Spring Break and May Global Enrichment
    No decisions have been made about CGI Spring Semester, Spring Break or May programs. However, if travel is prohibited, all CGI spring and May Global Enrichment courses will continue to be offered in a domestic format and will fulfill the International Experience.

 

Learning Abroad Center Programs:

Any credit-bearing Learning Abroad Center program that travels abroad will continue to fulfill the Carlson International Experience. 

  • Fall 2020 Semester Programs
    All University of Minnesota fall semester programs have been canceled due to University-wide travel restrictions.  
     
  • Spring 2021 Semester Programs
    The LAC is currently offering a limited portfolio of spring semester programs. See the Learning Abroad Center website for full details. Students are encouraged to speak to an LAC education abroad advisor to understand the risks associated with enrolling in these programs.

    Any students who choose a spring 2021 semester option should create a parallel plan to fulfill the International Experience domestically in the event spring semester programs are cancelled prior to departure.
     
  • January 2021 Winter Break Programs
    The majority of LAC winter break programs have been cancelled. See the Learning Abroad Center website for full details and updates.
     
  • Spring Break & May 2021 Programs
    Decisions have not yet been made about LAC Spring Break and May programs. See the Learning Abroad Center website for full details and updates.
  • Application Fees:
    If your program is cancelled or changed to a domestic format, your CGI application fee will be refunded to your student account. 

  • Program Fees:
    If your program is cancelled or changed to a domestic format, you will not be charged a CGI program fee. If you have already been charged, the program fee will be refunded to your student account. 

  • Processing:
    Please allow several weeks for these changes to appear on your student account due to fiscal year end delays.

Study abroad scholarships must be applied towards International Experiences with a Program Fee. If you are participating on a program without travel abroad and a program fee to fulfill the International Experience, you cannot apply your study abroad scholarship.
 

However, if you choose to participate in a future program with a program fee, you can apply your current study abroad scholarship to that program. 
 

Please reach out to the Scholarships Program Manager, Maxine Kobinski, at cgischolarships@umn.edu if you have individual questions about your scholarship.

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, students will have expanded options to fulfill the International Experience, based on graduation term. See below for a list of current options. A petition process will continue to exist to accommodate individual student circumstances.

 

 

The International Experience remains as a key component of your Carlson degree. Due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, additional temporary options have been added to provide flexibility for students and ensure timely progress toward graduation. 

These timelines will be revisited each term and adjusted if needed based on changing circumstances. We encourage you to reach out to your academic advisor or study abroad advisor with any additional questions or concerns.

Undergraduates:
Options available to undergraduate students depend on graduation date. Review the details below according to your planned graduation term.

  • Graduation prior to Fall 2022
    If you are on track to graduate before Fall 2022, you may choose from the following options:
     
    • Any credit-bearing study abroad program offered through the Carlson Global Institute (CGI) or Learning abroad Center (LAC)
      • A subset of semester programs is offered through CGI and the LAC. Students are encouraged to speak to an education abroad advisor to understand the risks associated with enrolling in these programs
      • Students who choose a spring 2021 semester option should create a parallel plan to complete one of the options below in the event spring semester programs are cancelled prior to departure.
         
    • Any CGI Global Enrichment program offered domestically
    • Virtual international internships offered through LAC or CGI
    • An approved domestic course with significant intercultural content and interaction. A short list of approved courses will be updated here by late October in advance of spring semester registration.
       
  • Graduation in Fall 2022 or beyond
    If you graduate in Fall 2022 or later, you may choose from the following options:
    • Any credit-bearing study abroad program offered through the Carlson Global Institute (CGI) or Learning abroad Center (LAC).
    • Any CGI program that is converted to a domestic format.
    • Virtual international internships offered through LAC or CGI if completed by summer 2022.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MBA Students:

  • Any credit-bearing study abroad program offered through the Carlson Global Institute
  • Any CGI Global Enrichment program offered domestically
  • Complete a 4-credit “glocal” offering

 

  • CGI advisors and your academic advisor are ready to support you through zoom appointments.

 

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