Study Abroad FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions related to outbound study abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly and was last edited on March 23, 2021.

Despite positive developments, uncertainty remains too high on several fronts, including vaccination progress (here and abroad), travel requirements, and host nation precautions. Although it may feel pre-mature, the timing of this decision supports student, campus, and partner planning that usually begins in April.

No, the university is not allowing waivers or petitions to study on non-approved programs. Students desiring to attend non-approved programs must do so without university association. Such students will not be authorized to use the university’s international insurance and will not receive any university approval on program application forms. Students will need to petition for course articulation upon returning, which cannot be guaranteed in advance. University staff will be unable to approve/sign applications for independent programs.

COVID-19 has led to two immediate changes. First, the university is evaluating resumption of study abroad on a term-by-term basis. Second, when study abroad resumes, the university will require students to complete a study abroad COVID-19 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. This petition is different from the "Non-Approved Program Petition."

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

The university’s evaluation of programs is ongoing. Students will be informed of decisions and next steps as appropriate. 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.

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.