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 Fall Semester programs

Inbound and outbound CGI exchange programs will be canceled due to continued uncertainties around visas, academic delivery and social distancing expectations. If you are enrolled in a fall exchange program, you will receive individual guidance about your options. 

 

CGI January Global Enrichment

The majority of January Global Enrichment programs will convert to a domestic offering in fall semester and will not travel overseas in January 2021. Faculty are working to thoughtfully redesign their courses for domestic delivery, incorporating as many international and intercultural touch points as possible. These courses will fulfill the International Experience expectation for enrolled students on a temporary basis. Enrolled students are encouraged to remain in the course until additional details about the new format are shared. 

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 in the coming academic year. Enrolled students will receive additional communication to understand their options.

 

CGI Spring Semester, Spring Break and May Global Enrichment

No decisions have been made about CGI Spring Semester, Spring Break or May programs. 

Students considering study abroad in these terms should continue a parallel planning strategy - Plan A if the program is offered as designed, and Plan B if travel is disrupted. CGI advisors and academic advisors can help you through this process. 

Cancellation fees have been adjusted to accommodate current uncertainties. Speak to a CGI advisor if you have concerns about the cancellation timeline. 

 

Learning Abroad Center Programs

The Learning Abroad Center continues to analyze their Fall and January program portfolio and hopes to have a small number of offerings announced later in the summer. Any credit-bearing  Learning Abroad Center program will continue to fulfill the Carlson International Experience. 

Application Fees

If your program is cancelled or changed to a domestic format, your 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 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.

The International Experience remains a signature component of a Carlson degree, and recent events have highlighted the need for the kinds of skills and attributes gained abroad (adaptability, tolerance for ambiguity, and navigating cultural difference, to name a few). This spring, a variety of exceptions were made to accommodate graduating students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Going forward, students are encouraged to explore all available options, including several created in response to the current pandemic, such as domestically delivered Global Enrichment programs and virtual international internships. This list of options is currently being developed and will be shared broadly when finalized. A petition process will continue to exist to accommodate individual student circumstances.

 

The full list of offerings is under development as study abroad offices and faculty work to convert programs to a format that will be safe and of high quality. Program options will be shared with students and academic advisors as they become final this summer.  

Undergraduates

  • Complete any credit-bearing program offered through the Carlson Global Institute or Learning Abroad Center, including:
    • Global Enrichment programs offered domestically
    • Limited Learning Abroad Center portfolio
    • LAC virtual international internships
  • Postpone travel to a future semester (as graduation timelines allow)

MBA Students

  • Complete a Global Enrichment program offered domestically
  • Complete a 4-credit “glocal” offering
  • Postpone travel to a future semester (as graduation timelines allow)

CGI advisors are ready to support you through online advising.

Set up a virtual appointment here.

 

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