Learning Abroad Center

COVID-19 Updates & Policies

The University of Minnesota continues to closely monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and its variants. As countries around the world continue to adapt to COVID-19, public health regulations and policies can differ by location. We’ll provide you with program- and location-specific information as part of the pre-departure process. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we also recommend you review our general health and safety information.


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, visit Get the Vax.

Vaccination is required for participation in some programs, but not all, depending on local regulations. Individual program pages include information on whether vaccines are strongly recommended or required for participation. Vaccination gives you the best chance for participation in a program and will keep open the most options. Vaccinated students should bring their original CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card and a copy 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 is not considered a valid reason for a refund.

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’ll receive a full refund including application fee and deposit.

Contracting COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19 prior to your departure, reach out to your program adviser to discuss your next steps and options for a late arrival.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while you’re abroad, reach out to your on-site contact for information on any required quarantine or isolation precautions, as well as to discuss academic options. All students are covered by international health insurance, in the case that medical intervention is necessary. Depending on location, students may incur additional non-medical expenses as a result of quarantine or isolation requirements.