Teaching Courses Abroad

Global Seminar

Global Seminars

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.

Proposal and Review Process

Global Seminars have a dual mission to serve University of Minnesota students and academic departments in the following ways:


Academic departments:




Global Seminars typically consist of:


Program locations are finalized in consultation with the Learning Abroad Center. Factors taken into consideration are availability of affiliated partners that can provide strong on-site support, appeal to students, relevance to program topic, safety, and cost.

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, flights, room and board; classrooms, 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.


These seminars are designed for one leader to travel with a group of students and all seminars work with organizations that provide assistance to the leader once the group arrives in the host country.

These programs have small budgets that are strongly affected by the addition of a co-leader. Two leaders or the addition of an assistant will add cost in the following areas: airfare, housing, salary, fringe benefits, food, entrance fees, ground transportation, and international insurance.

Co-leaders or teaching assistants are welcomed if expenses are covered by the co-leader's college, department, unit, or personal means. To lead a program, both leaders must have permission from the departmental chair.

Proposal & Review Process

Deadline: February 1 (winter break and May session)

Learn more about the Proposal & Review Process

Proposal and Review Process


Lindsey Lahr, Global Seminars Program Director
Erica Qualheim, Global Seminars Abroad Associate Program Director
Jessica Hartnett, Global Seminars Associate Program Director
Molly Micheels, Global Seminars Associate Program Director