Proposal and Review Process
Global Seminars are short-term, cohort-based programs that allow students to interact closely with a University of Minnesota program leader. Global Seminars use the host country as a classroom and are experiential and interdisciplinary.
Global Seminars have a dual mission to serve University of Minnesota students and academic departments in the following ways:
- to make learning abroad accessible to all University of Minnesota students
- to serve as a gateway to further international opportunities
- to cultivate community through shared academic experiences abroad
- to internationalize curriculum
- to provide international leadership opportunities
- to establish academic and professional connections abroad
- to encourage broader international engagement at the University of Minnesota
- Short-term (Winter Break or May Session)
- Designed around a particular theme or topic
- May be discipline-specific or interdisciplinary
- Three credits at the 3000-level
- No pre-requisites
- Fulfill liberal education requirements
- Enrollment of up to 25 students
- Open to all undergraduate students (from the U of M or another institution) with at least a 2.5 GPA
- Provides the highest level of support from the Learning Abroad Center for program development, administration and implementation
- Follows a pre-established program timeline & framework
- Engages leaders in a cohort of peers also leading programs abroad
- Provides support to leaders who have limited experience leading programs abroad
Global Seminars typically consist of:
- Pre-departure orientation
- Preparatory readings
- Round-trip group flight (May Session students may have the option to extend their return date and travel independently after the program ends)
- On-site orientation
- 45 hours of classroom instruction and excursions
- Field assignments and free time
- Final project
Global Seminars are designed for one leader to travel with a group of students. All programs work with organizations that provide assistance to the leader once the group arrives in their host country. Global Seminars have small budgets that are strongly affected by the addition of a co-leader.
Program Leader Experience
The Learning Abroad Center facilitates all on-campus and on-site arrangements, including academic and cultural advising for students; financial aid advising; marketing and recruitment; design and production of all printed materials; application and registration processing; pre-departure orientations; travel, room and board; classrooms and other necessary instructional support; and other related activities.
Program leaders are actively involved in the planning and recruitment for their program. Once on site, program leaders attend all course related activities in addition to teaching their course.
Proposal & Review Process
Deadline: February 1 (Winter Break and May Session)
Learn more about the Proposal & Review Process.
Lindsey Lahr, Global Seminar Program Director