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

Carlson Global Institute (CGI) Programs:

  • Fall 2021 Business Semester Exchange Programs
    The following CGI exchange programs have been cancelled for Fall 2021.  All other Fall 2021 exchange programs are running as scheduled.  This list will be updated if additional programs are cancelled, and students accepted or confirmed on those programs will be contacted directly by the Carlson Global Institute:
    • Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
    • Thammasat Business School (Thailand)
    • University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
    • University of Otago (New Zealand)
    • Singapore Management University (Singapore)
    • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)

 

  • Spring 2022 Business Semester Exchange Programs
    The following CGI exchange programs have been cancelled for Spring 2022.  All other Spring 2022 exchange programs are running as scheduled.  This list will be updated if additional programs are cancelled, and students accepted or confirmed on those programs will be contacted directly by the Carlson Global Institute:
    • University of Otago (New Zealand)
    • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
    • University of Technology Sydney (Australia)

 

  • Business in Dublin and Business in Barcelona Programs
    Business in Dublin and Business in Barcelona program are offered in partnership between CGI and the LAC.  If these programs get cancelled, this website will be updated and accepted/confirmed students on the program will be contacted directly by the Carlson Global Institute
  • January, Spring Break & May Global Enrichment
    CGI programs listed below have been converted to a domestic offering for 2021-2022 and will not travel.  These courses are still being offered and faculty have redesigned them for a domestic format incorporating international and intercultural content.  Any course not listed is currently intending to travel.  

    • IBUS 3002: Managerial Accounting - travel suspended (January 2022)

    • IBUS 3019: Equity in Leadership - travel suspended (January 2022)

    • IBUS 3080: Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility - travel suspended (January 2022)

    • IBUS 4125: Global Banking - travel suspended (January 2022)

    • IBUS 3010: Introduction to Entrepreneurship - travel suspended (Spring Break 2022)

 

Learning Abroad Center (LAC) Programs:

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

  • Winter Break, Spring Break & May Programs
  • 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 received a study abroad scholarship as part of your admissions package, you may be able to apply it to a domestic experience. 
 

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, including access to domestic options.  Access may be prioritized based on graduation term.  See the list of options below and contact cgi@umn.edu with questions.  

 

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
    Students who graduate before Fall 2022 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 the LAC   
    • An approved domestic course with significant intercultural content and interaction: 
      • IBUS 3090 (offered Spring 2021 and Fall 2021)
      • IBUS 3092 (offered starting Spring 2022)
    • Starting with Spring 2022 registration students must be granted permission to register for domestic options.  Contact cgi@umn.edu for more information.
       
  • Graduation in Fall 2022 or beyond
    Students who graduate in Fall 2022 or later 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 the LAC if completed by summer 2022.
    • Any approved domestic course with significant intercultural content and interaction.
      • IBUS 3090 (offered Spring 2021 and Fall 2021)
      • IBUS 3092 (offered starting Spring 2022)
    • Starting with Spring 2022 registration students must be granted permission to register for domestic options.  Contact cgi@umn.edu for more information

*We do not anticipate disruptions to May travel, but in the event that travel to one or more destinations is prohibited, the affected CGI Global Enrichment courses will convert to domestic offerings.

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 virtual appointments.

Upon formal FDA approval, the COVID-19 vaccine was added to the list of required vaccinations for all University of Minnesota students, including all students who plan to study abroad. Anyone considering programs during winter break 2021-2022 or beyond are required to be in compliance with University vaccination policy. For more details please see Get the Vax 2.0.

In addition COVID-19 vaccine requirements are being instituted by specific countries and/or airlines without advance notice. Vaccination gives you the best chance for participation in a program and will keep open the most travel options. Vaccinated students should bring a copy of their CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card with them when they go abroad.

The inability to participate in a program because of local, national, airline or other restrictions if you are in compliance with University policy through an exemption will not be considered a valid reason for a refund.

 

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