learning abroad

How I Spent the Summer of COVID-19

For many University of Minnesota students, the move to distance learning in March was merely the first brush stroke COVID-19 would paint on their lives. As the pandemic showed no signs of abating, summer plans to study abroad or gain experience through internships were often postponed or scuttled.
Suddenly faced with open calendars, students had to look for other options. Here’s how three students found opportunity and insight in canceled plans.

Virtual Internships Enable Global Learning

After the COVID-19 pandemic ended study abroad opportunities in the spring and summer, the Learning Abroad Center quickly pivoted to launch an innovative virtual international internship program.

Observing the Intersection of Traditional and Western Medicine in Rural India

Chelsea Kline (Maternal and Child Health ’19) enrolled in the India: Global Health, Globalization, and Leadership course, traveling to Mysore, India to study the health care delivery system in India, the significance of the social determinants of health in a globalized world, and the skills needed to be a leader in the global space.

The Education of a Public Health Worker

U of M students studying public health in India returned home shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic exploded. What they found there underscores the importance of public health efforts, and how hard this pandemic will hit the poorest in the world.

Chinese Flagship Program Renewed

Established in 2014, the Chinese Flagship Program prepares UMN students to be global professionals fluent in Chinese language and culture. Now, the renewal of the Chinese Flagship Grant will take Chinese language and culture instruction and immersion even further.