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.
     

                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, Spring Break & May 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. CGI Spring Break & May programs have been converted to domestic offerings in spring semester 2021 and will not travel overseas. 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 and you can enroll just like any other class at your designated registration time. 

    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.

 

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.  The following Carlson courses have been approved for this purpose in Spring 2021:
      • IBUS 3090: Section 001 - Culture & Work
        • Instructor: Mary Zellmer-Bruhn
        • FR 8:30-11:50am A-Term
        • Remote Instruction
        • Description: The emphasis of this course is on people-related (i.e. psychological and behavioral) issues that arise when managing across cultures.  Through the use of cases and interactive experiential activities, this course will develop your intellectual ability to critically examine, analyze, and real with cross-cultural problems in business contexts, while also cultivating a tolerance for ambiguity that is necessary in the global workplace.  The combination of materials and experiences will allow you to evaluate your cross-cultural savvy, understand and appreciate the nuances of cultural identities and the impact these have on work relationships, and create a plan to increase your intercultural competence. 
      • IBUS 3090: Section 002 - Understanding International Business
        • Instructor: Mike Nolan
        • Mon/Wed 9:55-11:35am A-Term
        • Remote Instruction
        • Description: This course is an experiential introduction to global business.  This course focuses on how international organizations innovate their business models to adapt to new markets, and how Brazilian entrepreneurs launch businesses.  Students will seek to understand diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies and understand the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression. Students will interact with Brazilian business leaders to conduct their own research and experiential projects. 
      • IBUS 3090: Section 003 - COVID 19, Society & the Workplace
        • Instructor: Connie Wanberg
        • FR 8:10-11:30am B-Term
        • Remote Instruction
        • Description: COVID-19 has disrupted society and workplaces across the world.  This global inspired class will cover cultural differences in general and the following pandemic related issues:
          • The role of country and culture in responses to COVID-19
          • The role of public education and misinformation
          • Business impact, the pivot, and emergent changes in business strategy
          • Emergent changes in work practices: work from home
          • Emergent changes in work practices: work on site
          • Layoff, furlough, and unemployment spikes and the psychological experience of job loss and job insecurity
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​IBUS 4125: Global Banking
        • Instructor: Susanna Gibbons
        • Wed 8:00-9:40am B-Term
        • Remote Instruction
        • Description: This course provides students with an understanding of the functions of large, global banking organizations.  We will start with a review of the impact of the financial crisis on the regulatory landscape, and identify some of the key differences between US, European, and global regulatory frameworks; discuss the different business models adopted by banks in Europe compared to the United States. We will look at how those different business models are reflected in financial statements, and learn how to interpret bank financial statements through ratio analysis. Finally, we will discuss the impact of digital disruption, and how it is forcing banks to consider new strategic directions.  
           
  • 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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