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COVID-19 Updates & Policies

    The Learning Abroad Center is proud to offer programs in locations where health and travel restrictions allow. We are actively consulting with health experts, monitoring health websites, and in conversations with broader university leadership. In order to make a program viable, we must reach enrollment minimums. We are hopeful that we will meet these minimums and we look forward to hosting you.

    Study centers around the world will comply with local public health recommendations as well as recommended standards of the University of Minnesota. This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, internship placements, transportation policies, and inter-continental or in-country travel restrictions.

    If you are interested in learning more about the specifics, explore the following resources https://global.umn.edu/travel/covid19.

    If you are looking for UMD learning abroad COVID-19 updates, refer to their website https://z.umn.edu/ips-covid-19-info.

    Fall 2020 & Academic Year 20-21 Programs

    While a number of programs have been canceled (and this information is noted on separate program webpages), many are still offered with additional health precautions and modified course delivery. Decisions about whether programs will run are being made on a program by program basis, and you will be notified via email if your program is canceled.


    We encourage you to have parallel academic plans in place for fall 2020: one plan assuming you’ll be able to go abroad and a backup plan in case your study abroad program is canceled. Register for both your study abroad placeholder credits and work with your academic adviser(s) to identify backup UofM classes on campus.

    Once you confirm your participation in your study abroad program, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to register for your block of study abroad placeholder credits. At that time, your fall 2020 maximum credit limit will also be increased to 30 credits, allowing you to register simultaneously in full-time UofM classes plus your study abroad placeholder block of credits. Work with your academic adviser on which UofM classes to temporarily register for in case you’re unable to go abroad.

    It will be your responsibility to drop your UofM classes before the UofM semester starts if you are able to participate in your study abroad. If you don’t drop your UofM classes, you’ll be charged tuition and may end up with Ws or Fs on your UofM record. If your program abroad is canceled, the Learning Abroad Center will remove the study abroad placeholder credits from your record.


    For your fall 2020 housing, consider exploring parallel options: one plan assuming you’ll be able to go abroad and another plan in case your study abroad program is canceled.

    Modified Cancellation Policy

    Due to uncertainty created by COVID-19, many programs are offering more generous cancellation policies for programs taking place during the fall of 2020. Most of these programs are offering full refunds for cancellations up to the program start date. For a full list, refer to the COVID-19 Cancellation Policies page. For affiliate programs, refer to the affiliate’s website and cancellation information.

    If your program is canceled or if you decide to cancel your participation in a program, we encourage you to check in with your academic adviser(s) about on campus plans for this fall and to meet with an adviser in the Learning Abroad Center to discuss study abroad options for a future term.

    Winter Break, Spring 2021, May 2021 and Summer 2021 Programs

    We are offering study abroad programs for future academic terms with additional health precautions and modified course delivery as needed. Use our Program Search to explore programs offered during these terms. Decisions about whether programs will run are being made on a program by program basis, and you will be notified via email if your program is canceled.

    Cancellation Policy

    For programs during Winter Break 2020, Spring 2021, and beyond, standard cancellation policies apply. If a program is canceled related to COVID-19 (or for any other reason) prior to the program start date, you will receive a full refund including application fee and deposit.

    We understand that there is some uncertainty about future travel plans due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19 and that you may be hesitant to confirm your place on your program at this time. For now you can safely ignore any automated emails stating that you must confirm within two weeks. The Learning Abroad Center is allowing more flexibility with confirmation deadlines, and you will receive additional information about confirming closer to the program start date.

    * The content of this webpage will be updated regularly. Check back for new information.