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When you're ready, complete the online application. The first portion of the application must be completed in one session, but you may upload your essay and resume at a later time.

Please note if you are applying for a Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) or Study & Intern program you must apply through the Learning Abroad Center. You cannot apply through Carlson Global Institute for these programs.

Application Instructions

To apply for an Education Abroad program, complete the following steps.

Step One:

Start the online application. The first portion of the online application must be completed in one session. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each academic term you apply for. The fee will be charged automatically when you submit your application.

Each program requires a separate application and essay. 

Step Two:

Rank your programs based on your preference.

  • Global Enrichment short-term programs: rank up to TWO programs per application cycle.
  • Global Immersion semester or summer programs: rank up to THREE programs for consideration. We encourage you to select multiple programs, as space at some partner schools is very limited.

Step Three:

After completing the previous section, you will be assigned an application checklist of required application materials (essay/statement of interest and resume). All required items must be uploaded by the application deadline.  Check the program website for the specific deadline time (most CGI programs have a noon Central time deadline for priority consideration). 

Your application will be considered complete after receiving your essay & resume, though you may complete as many of the checklist items as are applicable to you (scholarship essays, for example). Please note that scholarships are reviewed on the same cycle as the program application, so it is in your best interest to complete your scholarship essay at the same time as the program application!

Step Four:

Upload an essay for each program to your application checklist. The essay questions are as follows:

Undergraduate Global Enrichment short-term programs

Write an essay of no more than two pages, double spaced, that answers two of the following prompts:

  • As you’re planning for your International Experience, how would you define “success” for yourself on this program? What steps would you take to achieve it before, during and after your time abroad?

  • In what ways is the culture of your destination(s) similar and different to that of the U.S.? How may those cultural differences impact your programs academic content/topic(s) in an international business setting?

  • Building on Carlson’s Undergraduate Programs guiding principles, “We before I, Work before Reward, and Why before How”, in what ways will you embody these concepts throughout your International Experience?  How can this embodiment support the experience for the whole group?  

For more insight into what we’re looking for in the essay, please review our Scoring Rubric.

Please note: Priority in GE programs is given to Carlson students. Non-Carlson student applications will be considered only if there is space in the program.

Undergraduate Global Immersion Semester or Summer Programs

Write an essay of no more than two pages, double spaced, that answers the following questions:

  • Why is this particular semester exchange/summer program and host university a good fit for you? Please list 2 examples specific to your host institution. It can relate to your academics, personal goals, or professional goals. Additionally, how do you plan to engage in the communities in your host school?
     
  • Semester exchange/summer programs require students to demonstrate a great deal of flexibility and adaptability. Many Carlson students find the adjustment to a new academic environment to be challenging. Please share a personal example of a time you demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in a challenging academic situation when you did not agree with the outcome. What did you learn from this experience and how will it help you be successful on a semester exchange/summer program?

Your application will be considered complete after receiving your essay & resume, though you may complete as many of the checklist items as are applicable to you (scholarship essays, for example). Please note that scholarships are reviewed on the same cycle as the program application, so it is in your best interest to complete your scholarship essay at the same time as the program application!

Scholarship Instructions

Please visit the "Scholarships" information page for details on scholarship deadlines and application instructions.

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