COVID-19 Updates

The University of Minnesota continues to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and variants, including Omicron. We will assess new information as it becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and we are vigilantly watching the status of worldwide travel. At this time there is no change to University policies or procedures. 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:

  • Spring 2023 Business Exchange Programs: 
    The following CGI exchange programs have been cancelled for Spring 2023.  All other Spring 2023 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:
    • Antai College of Economics & Management (China)
    • Tsinghua University of Economics & Management (China)
    • Lingnan College at Sun Yat-sen (China)


  • 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 are cancelled, this website will be updated and accepted/confirmed students on the program will be contacted directly by the Carlson Global Institute.


  • Business January, Spring Break & May Global Enrichment
    For AY 2022-2023 all programs are currently intending to travel.  Any program that is unable to travel will be converted to a domestic offering and will incorporate international and intercultural content.  Students completing a converted domestic course will fulfill their International Experience.  

Learning Abroad Center (LAC) Programs:

Any credit-bearing Learning Abroad Center program that travels abroad will continue to fulfill the Carlson International Experience.  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 as we do our best to ensure that no unintended consequences occur with your financial aid (if any)

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 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 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.


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 end of Summer Semester 2022.
    • IBUS 3092: Understanding International Business (offered starting Spring 2022)

*In the event that travel to one or more destinations in 2022 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.  Contact the offices directly for scheduling options.

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 and 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 including boosters are being instituted by specific countries, partner universities, program or service providers 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 program partner restriction 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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