Learning Abroad Center


Global Seminar Information

Read through the information on all three links to prepare for your Global Seminar. 

Global Seminar Logistics

Pre-Departure Information

Making the Most of Your Experience

Contact Information

Upon arrival, you will be given a wallet-sized emergency contact card to carry with you. This will have information on how to contact the on-site staff, the program leader, and the international insurance provider.

In case of emergency, you or your friends and family members should contact the Learning Abroad Center at 612.626.9000. After business hours, the voice mail message provides the number to call for emergencies. A Learning Abroad Center (LAC) staff member is connected to the emergency line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and assists with emergencies. This person will contact on-site staff as needed.

Learning Abroad Center Hours

Check the Learning Abroad Center website for Office Hours & Locations.  

Winter Break Learning Abroad Center hours: Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
The University will be closed on Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday, Wednesday, January 1 for the New Year's Day holiday, and Monday, January 20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr Day Holiday. Staff will be available via emergency phone during holidays.

Normal academic year Learning Abroad Center hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

For emergencies, please call 612-301-CALL (2255)


You will receive your flight itinerary via email from Village Travel. You will not receive a paper ticket. Instead, print out your emailed itinerary and carry it with you. Note airport meeting and check-in information provided by your program leader for your specific program.

Important check-in info by program:

  • Bali: Water & Culture from Rainforests to Reefs- Check in at the regular Ticketing Lobby in Terminal 1
  • Ghana's Business of Doing Good: Social Startups & Public Affairs- Check in at the regular Ticketing Lobby in Terminal 1
  • Leadership & Social Change in Ireland- Students will be responsible for their own travel to the airport and arriving at least two hours before the scheduled departure time. When you arrive, please check in with either June or Evan. Once you have checked in with your faculty you will proceed to get your boarding pass, check your bag and can head through security. The group will meet again at the gate just prior to boarding.
  • Solidarity & Community-Led Transformation in South Africa- Check in at the regular Ticketing Lobby in Terminal 1



  • It is your responsibility to check baggage allotments (size, weight, cost, etc.) with your airline. The Learning Abroad Center is not responsible for baggage fees. 
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. Plan for large crowds. You are traveling at peak season—expect long lines.
  • Do not miss your flight. It will cause huge problems for you, your program leader, the onsite staff, the Learning Abroad Center, Village Travel, and your fellow classmates and could result in additional costs for you.   


You will be met by the onsite staff at the arrival airport and transported to your program housing. Get plenty of rest on the flight over and be prepared for a busy first day. Let family and friends know that they should not expect to hear from you upon your arrival. No news is good news.