The Learning Abroad Center will bill your student account according to the UofM's spring Billing & Due Dates.
Your program leader will contact you about books and other reading materials required for your Global Seminar. You will need a notebook and pens/pencils. It is best to purchase these before you leave so you have them for the first day of the program.
Note that you must add your Global Seminar to your course enrollment. You will receive course registration instructions via email from the Learning Abroad Center. Once you receive the instructions, please self-register immediately to avoid any complications.
Look over your pre-departure checklist to ensure you are prepared to depart.
If you are planning to use financial aid, follow these steps, if you haven't already.
By now, you should have your passport in hand and it should be valid for at least 6 months past your return date. If you do not have your passport, contact your Learning Abroad Center program contact immediately. More information on passports can be found here as well as at travel.state.gov/passport
Visas vary by program. See individual program pages for specific information.
If you are not a US citizen, you should let your LAC contact person know and they can provide resources to obtain proper documentation for your learning abroad country. It is your responsibility to obtain the proper visa.
Students who are not traveling under a US passport may have to follow different visa procedures in order to enter your Freshman Seminar Abroad country. Contact the the LAC Visa Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in determining the correct visa process.
Always keep your passport in a safe place. If your passport is lost or stolen, contact the local police, the American Consulate or Embassy, your program leader, and the on-site staff immediately. Make copies of the following documents so you can easily report and replace them if they are lost or stolen. Scan and email a copy to yourself for easy access, leave a copy with someone in the US, and store a hard copy in a safe place (such as your carry-on luggage).
Check out the Learning Abroad Center's Travel Resources for information regarding packing, navigating the airport, technology abroad, and more!
Personal spending habits vary, so be aware of the budget estimate for your program, but also know yourself and your habits when budgeting for this program. Keep these tips in mind when planning for your experience and while you are abroad.
It is important that you pack light, as you will be carrying your own luggage during the program, often for long stretches in airports, bus, and train stations. Take only as much as you can carry easily by yourself.
Avoid taking electric appliances such as hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, shavers, and so on, since these types of appliances will not operate without converters. Voltage is different abroad, and electricity converters often don’t work correctly and cause the appliances to malfunction.
In addition to different voltage, most countries have different outlets, so you will need to bring an adapter to plug in any appliances you pack. Most computers, cell phones, and camera chargers have the electricity adapters built in, so you will need to research the plug type and buy the appropriate adapter.
Consult a travel guide to determine your adapter/converter needs.
Direct family members to this resource page.
The Learning Abroad Center is student-centered. We purposefully strive to communicate with and send all correspondence to students. Students are the individuals who will be abroad and are responsible for themselves in a foreign country. While we are pleased to meet with parents and family members to answer questions, in many cases, we cannot share information out of respect for FERPA student privacy regulations. As the student, questions should be funneled through you and the student should serve as the family representative.
Under Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, and University policy, college students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. As a result, the Learning Abroad Center does not share academic, personal, or financial information with a third party (including parents, spouse, guardians, etc.) without the student’s written permission. As part of their application, all students designate two emergency contacts who will receive information only in the case of an emergency.