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Coronavirus Updates

Fall 2020 International Semester Programs
CGEE has suspended all international programming through July 2020.  We have not yet canceled programs scheduled for fall 2020 or beyond (i.e., August 2020 or later).  With the State Department’s Level 4 Health Advisory still in place, we will be assessing each international location individually, according to a range of criteria.  Among the many questions we will evaluate:

  • What is the incidence of COVID-19 in the country in question compared to the incidence in the parts of the United States where our students come from? 
  • How are national and local officials addressing COVID-19 and protecting the public?  Is the number of cases declining?  Is the health care system able to handle the needs of foreign visitors like our students? 
  • Do CGEE’s emergency and contingency protocols at the site allow for flexibility in course delivery if modes of delivery must be modified mid-semester? 
  • Are we able to implement and manage safety precautions in our facilities (social distancing, self-isolation needs, the disinfecting of classroom spaces, etc.)? 
  • Do our local partners feel safe, and do they want in-person programming to occur? 

Based on such criteria, we will decide by July 15 whether or not fall 2020 programs can run in person.  We will be communicating with fall 2020 students in the meantime, and we advise that they wait on purchasing plane tickets until the decision for their program location is announced. 
If students currently enrolled in a fall 2020 program wish to defer to spring 2021, they may do so at no cost and their program price will remain exactly the same.
Short-Term Customized Programs
Applying criteria similar to those listed above, CGEE continues to plan, and accept proposals for, short-term customized programs in fall 2020 and beyond with partner colleges and universities and other external institutions. 
Summer 2020 Online Courses
CGEE is offering a suite of 4-credit online courses this summer.  The disciplines span political science, history, religion, and Spanish language and include topics such as the story of the LGBT rights movement in Latin America and current political crisis in Nicaragua.  Students will not only engage professors and one another; they will engage local experts, including political leaders, community organizers, pastors, farmers, and artists—the people making social change happen.  Except for the language classes, all courses will be taught in English.
Fall 2020 Online Courses with the Playwrights’ Center
This fall, CGEE and Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center (PWC) are launching online courses in playwriting, taught by professional writers.  PWC is one of the nation’s most renowned theater organizations.  It has helped launch the careers of artists like August Wilson, Lee Blessing, Jordan Harrison, Carlyle Brown, Craig Lucas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, and Kira Obolensky. 
If you have any questions, please contact our CGEE Risk Manager, Margaret Anderson, at the following number: +1  612-330-1685.

For additional questions, please see our "Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus (COVID-19)".

Additional Contacts at CGEE

To manage the spread of COVID-19, Augsburg University's physical campus has reduced operations to meet federal, state, and local guidelines for social distancing. But CGEE staff are available and ready to talk with students or advisors virtually!  Many staff members can meet by phone or online via Zoom. If you would like to be connected to a CGEE staff member, please email us at: 

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