Going Abroad

An experience abroad is often the single most important and rewarding activity students engage in during their academic career. The GPS Alliance has the information and tools you need to be successful in reaching your goals.

Where to Start

The University of Minnesota encourages students to participate in educational experiences abroad—from study and research to internships, work, and volunteering. Each campus has an education abroad office to help you choose a program and make the arrangements for your time abroad. Select your campus to connect to the appropriate education abroad office:

International Travel, Health, and Security Insurance

All students traveling abroad in connection with their University of Minnesota studies are required to receive international travel, health, and security insurance approved by the University. Learn more about this and other insurance options.

Travel Approval

Students wishing to travel to countries on the U.S. Department of State’s travel warning list or other locations that pose a specific health, safety, or security concern need to receive special permission from the University’s International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC). ITRAAC is also responsible for making the decision to suspend an education abroad opportunity sponsored by the University when a significant health or safety concern is raised.

Travel to Cuba

Travel to Cuba for personal enrichment purposes or tourism are excluded activities under U.S. federal law. However certain academic travel is allowed when a travel authorization is granted by the University. Learn more about academic travel to Cuba.

Travel Products

The Learning Abroad Center offers products and services to make your travel planning easier. Visit their travel resources page for more information on passport photos, international student identity cards, and discounted travel books.

Global Goldy

Bring Goldy along with you and take photos of the places you visit. Then upload your photos to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's Global Goldy page and share all the fun discoveries Goldy stumbles upon along the way.

Export Controls

Export controls are federal statutes and regulations that govern certain transactions having international components which can arise with travel, especially travel to embargoed countries. Learn more about exports controls for travel.