Learning Abroad Center

Global Campus Partner

What is a Global Campus Partner Program? 

Global Campus Partner programs are administered out of a college, school, or department (sponsoring units). The principal drive and responsibility for a Global Campus Partner program originates from the program leader and the sponsoring unit. The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) serves as a resource to the program leader, assists with program administration, and provides limited services.

Approved by the Department Chair, the Global Campus Partner programs frequently fulfill specific curricular objectives and allow the program leaders to specialize course pedagogy in an international setting. This program model works well for leaders who prefer to design a discipline-specific program for a particular population of students.

Global Campus Partner programs are typically short term (winter break, May session, summer session) or long term (fall or spring semester). They are well suited to students who want an in-depth experience in their major, are graduating seniors who want a capstone experience, or cannot be away for a full semester.

For more information about Global Campus Partner programs, refer to the Global Campus Partner module on the Leader Portal Canvas site. If you need to enroll in the Canvas site, follow these steps:

  1. https://training.umn.edu/
  2. Select the "Course Catalog"button
  3. Keyword: LAC100 and/or Department offering training: Learning Abroad Center
  4. Select: Education Abroad Program Leader Resources
  5. Click green button: +Enroll in Course

Programs During Academic Year 2021-2022

Due to reduced staff capacity in the GPS Alliance and the Learning Abroad Center caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary adjustments are being made regarding the suite of GCP programs developed for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

The GPS Alliance and the Learning Abroad Center will not be able to support new program concepts which have not previously been run by the same leader in the same destination and with the same/similar itinerary. Contracts with all onsite logistics providers should be pre-established and have been reviewed from a prior year version of the program. Contracts will still need to be double checked and reviewed again by GPS as Covid pandemic considerations may change the terms and conditions. 

For 2021-2022 sponsoring units not attached to a college may submit 1 proposal for consideration. Colleges may submit 2 proposals for consideration. 
The financial terms, and corresponding GPS Alliance and Learning Abroad Center support, as outlined in the Education Abroad Policy, the GCP LOU, and the GCP Responsibility Matrix will remain the same as the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

All GCP proposals must be received in writing by June 1st 2021. Email; [email protected] with the program title, program term, and program leader, and when the program previously ran/was approved to run (if canceled due to Covid-19).
 

    Letter of Understanding

    The Letter of Understanding (LOU) serves as an intra-UofM contract between the LAC and your unit. All parties must sign the LOU before LAC staff can begin substantial work for your program. If you have questions, view the GCP module on the Leader Portal Canvas site or ask your LAC contact.

    Submitting Program Information

    When you are ready to start submitting and sharing program information with the LAC, create a program entry via Concourse. You are able to save and submit information, as well as come back and add information as your program development continues. You will also find the LOU template, budget template, and responsibility matrix within Concourse.

    Program Deadlines

    Winter Break & Spring Semester

    October 1: All parties have signed LOU and submitted program information in ConcourseYour department/college may require earlier deadlines.

    November 1: You have completed and communicated all student application acceptance decisions to the LAC via Concourse.

    November 15: You have confirmed all students. All leaders have completed the Program Leader Travel Registration, which will also enroll them in CISI insurance. All program leaders are required to have CISI insurance, the same policy that the students will have while abroad.

    Spring Break & Spring Embedded

    December 1: All parties have signed LOU and submitted program information in ConcourseYour department/college may require earlier deadlines.

    January 15: You have completed and communicated all student application acceptance decisions to the LAC via Concourse.

    February 1: You have confirmed all students. All leaders have completed the Program Leader Travel Registration, which will also enroll them in CISI insurance. All program leaders are required to have CISI insurance, the same policy that the students will have while abroad.

    May Session, Summer & Fall Embedded

    March 1: All parties have signed LOU and submitted program information in ConcourseYour department/college may require earlier deadlines.

    April 1: You have completed and communicated all student application acceptance decisions to the LAC via Concourse.

    April 15: You have confirmed all students. All leaders have completed the Program Leader Travel Registration, which will also enroll them in CISI insurance. All program leaders are required to have CISI insurance, the same policy that the students will have while abroad.

    Additional Resources

    Program Development Resources

    For additional resources on program development, funding opportunities, on-campus and national resources, testimonials from leaders, research and assessment information, leader health information, and companion information, see Leader Resources and the Leader Portal Canvas site.

    Working with On-Site Partners

    The LAC compiles a list of on-site partners who assist with program design, administration, and in-country logistics (including accommodation, local transportation, and excursions). For more information, see Working With On-Site Partners.

    Contact

    For more information, or to begin the process of creating a program, contact the appropriate Learning Abroad Center staff member:

    Lindsey Lahr, Assistant Director—Instructor-led Programs

    Roslyn Englund, Education Abroad Coordinator— All Colleges and Units other than CLA and CFANS

    Tim Dohmen, Program Director— College of Liberal Arts

    Vanessa Walton, Program Director— College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

    Program Model Comparison Chart