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Study Abroad

Each summer, the Master of Arts in Leadership program offers a course that allows students to travel abroad and study leadership practices in other countries.

ML 577 Universal Responsibility: A Central American Perspective explores this concept both intellectually and through experience. This Master of Arts in Leadership course, organized through Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience, is open to all Augsburg graduate students.

Scholarship announcement!

We are happy to announce the option for MA in Leadership students to apply for one of three $1,000 scholarships to help offset the cost of this course.

To be considered, graduate students must be enrolled in the MA in Leadership program, have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and have taken ML505 and two other MA in Leadership courses.

Apply here!

Study abroad in Costa Rica

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Ethics for the New Millennium, makes a strong case for the need to cultivate what he calls universal responsibility, based on a fundamental belief that everything we do has a universal dimension – it contributes to the happiness or suffering of others.

Program activities include:

  • Exploring Costa Rica
  • Meeting with leaders in government, business, healthcare, social service, education, natural medicine, and the arts
  • Visiting the National University of Costa Rica, La Carpio community, and Costa Rica National Museum
  • Visiting Manuel Antonio National Park, beach, and Central Craft Market


Through selected readings, discussions, self- assessments, journaling, research, and personal reflection, you will develop your own perspective on what universal responsibility means to you and leadership in your profession.

Augsburg Master of Leadership and Master of Physician Studies students engage in an interdisciplinary study abroad experience.  While there are large group activities, each program follows their individualized itinerary as they explore leadership from a global perspective.


Travel: July, 2023 *Dates to be confirmed


To Be Announced


COVID-19 related Requirements for travel

A COVID vaccination is required for participation in this program unless you have a medical condition which a doctor documents in a letter or you are not able to obtain a COVID vaccine because you are not yet eligible or vaccine supply is limited. If you provide a doctor’s letter or you are unable to procure a COVID vaccination, you will need to self-quarantine for 2 weeks prior to departure AND take a viral COVID test within 3 days before departure, providing verification of the negative test result to CGEE. Augsburg University recommends that you take a rapid antigen COVID test.
If your test results are positive for COVID, you may not participate in the program. Please see the “Short-term Program: Fee Commitment & Cancellation Policy.” Note that you will need to provide written notification of your positive test result to CGEE and your professor. In this situation, the “Trip Interruption” portion of Augsburg University’s International Travel Insurance Policy may cover any non-recoverable costs you have (i.e. airfare).