Learning Abroad Center

COVID-19 Updates & Policies

The University of Minnesota continues to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and variants, including Omicron. We will assess new information as it becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and we are vigilantly watching the status of worldwide travel. At this time there is no change to University policies or procedures. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

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:

Program Availability

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.

Housing

For your 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.

How We Decide Whether a Program Will Run

The availability of study abroad programs is impacted by different factors including; the University of Minnesota’s restrictions on international travel, the reopening of borders, travel guidance, and the lifting of travel restrictions by the US Department of State. The Learning Abroad Center continues to gather information from these entities, and is working towards the goal of offering a full portfolio programs.

The University's International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) makes the decisions on whether or not programs will be offered. While we are preparing to offer programs with ITRAAC approval, the approval is contingent upon lifting of international travel restrictions for the University of Minnesota, a review/reaffirmation of the approval if the advisory changes before departure, and if public health developments in the country change enough to necessitate further review.

Once a program is approved, students will receive more information about booking airline tickets and preparing for departure. Students should not book airline tickets or make non-refundable deposits until they receive information about this from their program adviser. If a program is canceled, students will be notified via email and receive a full refund, and a note about the cancellation will be added to the relevant program webpage.

Students interested in studying abroad on affiliate programs must apply individually through ITRAAC for approval. Students should consider alternative options through the Learning Abroad Center as affiliate programs are less likely to be approved through ITRAAC at this time.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Vaccination

As of October 8, 2021 all University of Minnesota students, including all students who plan to study abroad are required to be vaccinated or submit documentation of a religious or medical exemption. For more details please see Get the Vax 2.0.

In the near future COVID vaccine requirements may be instituted by specific countries and/or airlines without advance notice. Vaccination gives you the best chance for participation in a program and will keep open the most travel options. Vaccinated students should bring a copy of their CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card with them when they go abroad.

The inability to participate in a program because of local, national, or airline restrictions if you are not vaccinated but are eligible to be vaccinated will not be considered a valid reason for a refund.

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