In order for a University of Minnesota student to receive credit for a non-affiliated study abroad program, the student must receive an official transcript from an accredited institution where the credit appears as home school credit upon completion of the program. Credit is then reviewed by the Office of Admissions and posted to the student’s University of Minnesota transcript as transfer credit.
For complete information about the student process, visit the Nonaffiliated Program webpage.
Program providers with no official relationship to the University of Minnesota may not promote their programs on the University of Minnesota campus without affiliation or prior approval from the Learning Abroad Center. On-campus promotion includes tabling, classroom visits, faculty meetings, placing posters on bulletin boards and handing out printed materials on campus.
Program representatives are encouraged to follow the marketing best practices guidelines on the NAFSA website.
Only University of Minnesota affiliated programs are invited to education abroad fairs. Exceptions may be made in cases where there is strong college support of a particular program. Contact Antonia Lortis with questions.
The University of Minnesota works with over 300 study abroad programs in 80 different countries and has established relationships with several study, work, volunteer and internship organizations. Given the Learning Abroad Center's strong portfolio in regards to location, academics, and program types, it is uncommon to have a program reviewed upon request.
Organizations submitting requests for affiliation should offer programs that do not duplicate current Learning Abroad Center offerings. Organizations must address all aspects listed on the Affiliation Request Form in writing and submit their request to Ellen Reid. The review process can take up to one year.