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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 Carlson School of Management learning abroad COVID-19 updates, refer to this webpage

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

    For information about the University's back to campus plans for fall semester, visit https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/covid-19-updates

    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.

    Parallel Academic Planning

    We encourage you to have parallel academic plans in place for Spring 2021: 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 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 Spring 2021 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 your study abroad program is approved to run. 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 Spring 2021 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.

    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.