NEW: University Education Abroad Policy
The updated University Student Travel and Education Abroad: Health and Safety policy is now available on the U-Wide Policy Library. The policy governs all University-purpose travel outside the U.S. by all students, including the requirements of units supporting, promoting or organizing student international travel.
Leading a group of students abroad is a professionally rewarding experience! Over 150 University of Minnesota faculty and staff have taught undergraduate and graduate students in an international setting. Students and program leaders alike find the experience to be a highlight of their academic and professional careers. The Learning Abroad Center is here to help you develop one of these unique learning opportunities.
The Learning Abroad Adviser Training is an hour and a half training session developed for UMTC staff or faculty who work with undergraduate students planning to study abroad. This training presents the process of how UMTC students plan for learning abroad academically, financially, and personally. Learn more about adviser trainings or read about the Learning Abroad Center advising staff's mission and roles when working with campus advisers.
The newly formed University of Minnesota Career Integration Campus Partnership Group is made up of a group of career professionals from key offices across campus to provide guidance and feedback on the Career Integration of Learning Abroad Initiative
Classroom visits are classic peer-to-peer promotional presentations. They are 5–10 minute presentations on study abroad given to undergraduate classes (1000–3000 level) around campus by returned study abroad students. Presentations include the presenter's personal international experience, general encouragement for students to go abroad and information on how to get started. To schedule a classroom visit, please contact Maria Wentworth.
Colleges or departments may initiate exchanges for a host of reasons including deepening an existing relationship or providing opportunities for their students. The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance), which includes the Learning Abroad Center and International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS), guides the consideration, development, review, and approval of the exchange agreements.
Colleges or departments may initiate a college or department affiliate (credit-bearing or non-credit) for outgoing UofM students through another institution or provider not affiliated with a UofM education abroad office. The Learning Abroad Center advises the sponsoring unit on process and considerations, and provides transactional assistance for the outgoing University of Minnesota students. The ongoing support, promotion, and administration of the relationship, however is managed in the college.
The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Education Abroad Network includes and serves professional advisers, faculty members, administrators, and others involved with education abroad.
The University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Financial Barriers Advisory Group includes and serves financial aid staff, professional advisers, faculty members, administrators, and others involved in supporting students as they consider an education abroad experience.
The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance administers several funding programs and assists faculty, staff, and students in finding other sources of funding for international activities.
This group, comprised of faculty and/or administrative staff, assists the Learning Abroad Center with several key learning abroad issues.
Learning Abroad Center liaison list.
The Multicultural Study Abroad Group (MSAG) is made up of UofM professionals who actively support the University's goal of increasing the number of students of color who study abroad by working to overcome barriers, promoting the benefits of study abroad, and providing resources that address the needs of students of color.
The Learning Abroad Center periodically requests participation from our university faculty and staff to participate in On-Site Program Engagement Opportunities abroad that may include program reviews, familiarization visits, and program development opportunities.
Each year the Learning Abroad Center administers over $500,000 in study abroad scholarships for UofM students, and administration of these important scholarships is achievable only because of the fantastic faculty and staff who give their time to be scholarship reviewers. Check out our Scholarship Reviewers page to get more information on how to sign up and what it means to be a scholarship reviewer.
This group includes and serves colleges and units involved with health-related education abroad.
Read the latest news from the Learning Abroad Center focusing on program developments, events, and announcements. Contact Antonia Lortis to sign up.
Order Learning Abroad Center catalogs, posters, brochures, flyers, and other materials.