This information applies only to Global Enrichment short-term programs; it does not apply to Global Immersion semester exchanges.Collapse all | Expand all
You can apply for each program during the application cycle for that program. The application cycle refers to the period in which you can apply for a given program. The application cycle closes at 11:59 p.m. on the final day of the application cycle. Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis only.
Programs that are listed as "Rolling" may close prior to the deadline date if the program fills, so early application is encouraged. Programs that are listed as "Priority Deadline" will continue to accept applications after the specified deadline if the program does not fill. Applications are reviewed on a space-available basis.
Past participants are students who participated on the program previously (usually the last year), and have agreed to allow us to share their names and email addresses on our website. Their information is listed on the contact information tab of each program web page. Past participants can be a great resource for you as you explore the many program options, and they can give you the student perspective on the program they participated in.
Keep in mind that programs do change from year to year, so always refer to the website or Carlson Global Institute directly to confirm program details. Also, if you are contacting a past participant when researching programs, please carefully review the program web page first so you are not asking for information that's already available. Please be respectful of the students' time, and be reasonable in your expectations of response time. Also, do not contact more than two students at a time. If you do not hear back within a week, then you can reach out to another student on the list.
Essay/Statement of Interest. The essay or statement of interest is given the most weight, and we look for clearly written materials that address the questions using specific examples and providing clarifying details. Evidence of research into the program and a clear understanding of the program’s goals and structure are important. We want students to demonstrate their excitement and passion for each program to which they apply. Deductions are taken for spelling and grammatical mistakes so proofread carefully.
Resume. The resume needs to be up-to-date, easy to read, and be free from errors. It should clearly outline your professional background and skills. We want to admit a diverse and interesting group of students who will contribute to and benefit from an education abroad experience. We are interested in the experiences and qualifications that distinguish you from other applicants.
Transcript. We will also review an online version of your University of Minnesota transcript. This confirms that participants meet the minimum GPA (varies by program). Students with high GPAs are noted for extra consideration.
All parts of the application are important. The essay or statement of interest is the largest piece and provides you with the greatest opportunity to differentiate yourself as a candidate, and each of the other materials are reviewed and add to the overall rating of the application.
Students participate in international programs at all points in their Carlson School career. Every student's situation is different, so you should determine when to study abroad based on your own circumstances. Most programs have a range of students, from students in their first semester to students taking their last Carlson class. However, it is important to check that have completed any pre-requisites for the program. Contact an adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about pre-requisites.
Yes, you may and we encourage students to consider programs that are the best fit for their academic goals. Each application is judged independently, so each application is considered on its own merit.