Parents, guardians, and families can play an important role in the well-being and success of students by helping them make decisions and by influencing their behavior. When appropriate, parents, guardians, and families should:
The best way to view our programs on the website is to go to our All Programs page and open the gray drop down menus. CGI offers three main program types:
The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) offers programs ranging in length from 1 week to a full academic year abroad in disciplines across the University of Minnesota's spectrum of majors and minors. Please consult the LAC's program search page for a list of other program options.
All credit-bearing courses abroad offered by CGI or the Learning Abroad Center (LAC) fulfill the Carlson International Experience requirement.
It's never too early for your student to begin planning for their international experience. A team of Education Abroad Advisers is available to discuss the various program options.
Many students are able to navigate the internship and job search process successfully even though they may be abroad during recruiting season. Have your student consider these steps to stay on top of their career search:
The application process is entirely online as is the Education Abroad Profile that enables students to share their education abroad interests with an adviser.
October 1: Undergraduate May Global Enrichment programs
December 1: Graduate May Global Enrichment programs
February 15: Summer programs
February 28: Global Immersion programs (same deadline for both fall and spring applications)
April 1: Undergraduate January Global Enrichment programs
June 15: Graduate January Global Enrichment programs
* Please note that scholarship applications are reviewed simultaneously and students should submit scholarship application essays at the time they submit their program application.
Students can expect to be notified about their application status within four weeks of the priority deadline.
A complete application will include a short essay, a resume, and a transcript. Please review the details on our Online Application Instructions page.
Financial planning is an important part of education abroad. The Carlson Global Institute offers resources to help students:
If you have questions about the costs for any education abroad program or regarding financial aid or scholarships, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-9361.
All students are advised on logistics including application process, visa application, financial planning, academic planning, and travel planning (including flights, packing lists, etc.) as part of the pre-departure orientation. Please review the logistics information with your student and contact the program manager if you have any questions.
The health and safety of all students is of utmost priority to the Carlson Global Institute. We recognize that no organization or institute can guarantee the safety of its students and that personal responsibility is a key part of a student's successful and safe experience, both at home and abroad. Risks can be significantly reduced when staff, students, parents, faculty, and advisers work together. To that end, we begin preparation before students depart.
Specific health and safety information, as well as emergency procedures, are covered during the pre-departure orientation.
For more information, please see:
Cancellation from an Education Abroad Program is subject to the established time lines for that program type. Please review the appropriate document below for the information for your specific program.
Carlson Global Institute
Access Abroad is a collaborative effort at the University of Minnesota between the Learning Abroad Center and Disability Services to facilitate equal access abroad for all students.