Upfront assistance for your education abroad flight

The Connecting Flight Advance is a no-interest/no-fees program designed to assist students who do not immediately have funds available to cover upfront costs associated with their education abroad program, enabling the student to pay for these costs with their Financial Aid package. The Connecting Flight Advance will cover these costs until the billing term associated with their education abroad program.

The Connecting Flight Advance includes:

  • Flight Booking

The Connecting Flight Advance does NOT include:

  • Pre-Travel Medical Visits
  • Textbooks & Materials
  • Housing Deposits

Eligibility and Program Criteria

Carlson undergraduate students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $16,300 or less for the previous or current academic year on the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) who are participating on semester-length or summer education abroad programs through the Carlson Global Institute (CGI) are eligible to apply for the Connecting Flight Advance. See below for a full list of eligible programs.

If you are participating on a program through the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center, please review information about their Bridging Loan Program.


CGI reviews Connecting Flight Advance applications on a rolling basis until the deadlines below. Any Connecting Flight Advance applications received after the appropriate deadline will not be reviewed.

Education Abroad Program Term Connecting Flight Advance Deadline
Fall Semester June 15
Spring Semester December 1
Summer April 1

Application Instructions

AGREEMENT FORM – To be considered for the Connecting Flight Advance, you must submit a completed agreement form to Anne Miner in the Carlson Global Institute. The agreement form must be printed and all necessary signatures must be obtained.

Full List of Eligible Programs

Eligible Semester-Length Programs:

  • Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, Australia
  • University of Technology Sydney: Sydney, Australia
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien: Vienna, Austria
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL): Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV): São Paulo, Brazil
  • Universidad de Chile: Santiago, Chile
  • Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management: Beijing, China
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: Hong Kong, China
  • Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University: Guangzhou, China
  • Antai College of Economics & Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Shanghai, China
  • City University of Hong Kong: Hong Kong, China
  • Copenhagen Business School: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Aalto University School of Business: Helsinki, Finland
  • KEDGE Business School: Bordeaux & Marseille, France
  • Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3: Lyon, France
  • ESCP Europe: Paris, France
  • Universität zu Köln: Cologne, Germany
  • The Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA): Paderno del Grappa, Italy
  • Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi: Milan, Italy
  • Hitotsubashi University: Tokyo, Japan
  • Universiteit Maastricht: Maastricht, Netherlands
  • University of Otago: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • BI Norwegian Business School: Oslo, Norway
  • Warsaw School of Economics (SGH): Warsaw, Poland
  • Sogang University: Seoul, South Korea
  • Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE): Barcelona, Spain
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M): Madrid, Spain
  • Universität St. Gallen : St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Thammasat Business School: Bangkok, Thailand
  • National Taiwan University: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Özyeğin University: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Singapore Management University: Singapore
  • Manchester Business School: Manchester, United Kingdom
  • University of Leeds: Leeds, United Kingdom

Eligible Summer Programs:

  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien International Summer University: Vienna, Austria
  • Antai Global Summer School: Shanghai, China
  • Business Internship in Hong Kong, China
  • Copenhagen Business School International Summer University Program (ISUP): Copenhagen, Denmark
  • The Consortium Institute of Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA) Summer Program: Paderno del Grappa, Italy
  • BI Norwegian Business Summer School: Oslo, Norway
  • Business Internship in Singapore
  • London School of Economics Summer School: London, United Kingdom