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News & Events

Education Abroad Network Spring Meeting

Language Learning, Why It Matters
Monday, April 28, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
402 Walter Library, East Bank
Register here.

This session is a perfect time for us to come together to network and learn from key colleagues from around campus to learn about language acquisition and language programs available through the Learning Abroad Center.  

Join us!

2014 Fall Fair

Wednesday, September 17th
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
University of Minnesota—West Bank Outdoor Plaza

Explore international study, work, intern and volunteer opportunities available through the UofM. Ask program representatives questions, learn about financing and career development options, and check out the many ways to distinguish yourself with an international experience.

You CAN Afford to Study Abroad: Information Sessions about Study Abroad Scholarships and Financial Aid 

Do you want to study abroad, but aren’t sure how to afford it? Come learn how.  Get an overview and tools that will help you choose an affordable program and apply for scholarships & financial aid- all important parts of making your dream of studying abroad a reality.

Friday, September 19, 2014. 12–1 p.m., 130 Blegen Hall

Thursday, October 2, 2014.  3–4 p.m., 110 Blegen Hall

Contact Amanda Fischer in the Learning Abroad Center at or 612-625-9370 with questions. 

Adviser Training Session: Financing Education Abroad

11–12 p.m.Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
STSS Building, Room 432A

Get an overview of the tools and strategies for helping students choose a program they can afford and apply for scholarships. We will go over specific scholarships that students should be aware of, basics of the financial aid process, and there will be time for questions you have regarding this important topic. 
Register here to attend this training. Contact Amanda Fischer at with any questions. 


Protests in Venezuela: 2/21/14

The University of Minnesota and Learning Abroad Center are closely monitoring the political situation in Venezuela and possible impacts on our students in Mérida. All students are safe and accounted for. We understand that demonstrations and protests have occurred in Mérida and that they remain peaceful. Students have expressed concerns with public transportation in Mérida, which is being effectively addressed by our onsite staff. We are in close communication with the students and onsite staff in Venezuela.

Due to the transportation concerns, and out of an abundance of caution, class was cancelled on Thursday, February 20. Classes are not normally held on Fridays. Students have been instructed to stay home this weekend and avoid the protests. Classes are expected to resume on Monday, February 24. Should transportation issues continue into Monday, private transportation will be provided for students to and from their home stay and classes.

Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University. Together we continue to assess the security situation, taking into account information provided by the US State Department, our insurance partners, and our onsite staff and partners. We currently do not plan to withdraw students or cancel activities in Mérida. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and, should conditions change, we are prepared to act accordingly.

In the meantime, we have encouraged students to communicate with their families and ensure that the emails and phone numbers on file with the Learning Abroad Center and local staff are up to date. 

Travel Warning for Venezuela

On Friday, November 22 the US Department of State issued a travel warning for Venezuela. The travel warning announced strict security protocols for Caracas and the implementation of a three-zone approach for US government personnel in the city.

The Learning Abroad Center's Venezuela program is far from Caracas, and students are forbidden from traveling to the city. After consultation with our security information services, insurance providers, the US Department of State, the Overseas Advisory Counsel (OSAC), our on-site staff, and the University International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC), we have concluded that there is no reason to withdraw students from Venezuela as a result of the new travel warning. However, we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

In the meantime, we have encouraged students to communicate with their families and remain vigilant.

Read more about the Learning Abroad Center’s emergency procedures.

Venezuela Summer Sessions Cancelled: 3/17

Due to continued disruptions resulting from ongoing protests, which limit program activities, the Learning Abroad Center has canceled both summer sessions of the Study Abroad in Venezuela program.  We plan to continue with the current spring 2014 program through the end of the semester. Likewise, the Fall 2014 program will continue to be offered.

The Learning Abroad Center is working to accommodate students on alternative summer programs. We will continue to closely monitor the situation in conjunction with our partners in Venezuela.

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