Study Abroad FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions related to study abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly and was last edited on January 20, 2021.

University staff evaluated more than 40 programs during the Spring 2021 semester. Evaluating that many programs proved difficult to achieve the required level of understanding of, and confidence in, program plans and COVID-19 implications for students. Staff are being intentional for summer and fall 2021, evaluating programs that stood out in the Spring 2021 evaluation, while also considering host nation efforts and the possibility of travel being open to students.

The development of multiple vaccines is exciting and bodes well for travel abroad. It is too early to speculate on their impact on Summer or Fall 2021. It is not clear which host countries or programs may require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry or participation. This information will be forthcoming.

COVID-19 has led to two immediate changes. First, the application deadlines for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 have been separated. Both windows normally close on February 15; this year, the Fall 2021 deadline is being moved to March 15. The deadlines are being separated to allow staff more time to focus initially on summer applications.

Second, the university will require students to complete the Summer 2021 Study Abroad Petition before being fully accepted into any program. The petition will ask you to answer program-specific questions as well as demonstrate your plan and readiness to respond to specific COVID-19 situations. More information will be forthcoming in early March 2021.

The university’s evaluation of programs is ongoing—and will continue throughout the spring. The summer application window for students will close on February 15, 2021. The university will decide which programs are approved to proceed in late February. Students will be informed of the decision and next steps. The university will continue to monitor developments and retains the ability to suspend participation at any time. Staff will keep students informed of key dates, commitments, and requirements.

Additional information is forthcoming.

The U.S. Department of State has eliminated most of the backlog for passports. U.S. citizens can check for the latest updates from Consular Services. If considering study abroad, you should still apply early.

Entry requirements continue to change. It is the student’s responsibility to determine if a visa is required for their study abroad program and to apply for a visa. Students should consult with the nearest consulate/embassy of the host nation if they have specific questions. Program staff in the host nation should also be able to provide specific information. More information on visas can be found on the Study Abroad website.

No. Students should not make plans that would incur any financial obligation at this time. As we move into spring (mid-March 2021), students may consider making arrangements but only if tickets or reservations are fully refundable. The student petition will explore this topic in more detail.