COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs
- Am I allowed to travel internationally?
It depends. Entry requirements are subject to change and interpretation by the host country at any time. International Programs staff will keep you up to date on the latest information before you depart. Additionally, travel restrictions or border closings could be imposed by your home nation at any point and potentially prohibit your ability to return home.
- Will I be able to travel outside of my host city while studying abroad?
Travel restrictions may be in place for other cities or other countries during your time abroad. Please review all local travel guidance policies before making plans, as there may also be quarantine or self-isolation requirements based upon your destination. You should anticipate that you may not be able to cross international borders as freely as study abroad students have in the past, but there are ample travel opportunities in each of our host countries.
- What do I need to know about flying during the pandemic?
Flying requires added precautions, and you need to review your airline’s policies thoroughly before purchasing flights and heading to the airport. You are more likely than usual to experience last-minute route changes, delays, or flight cancellations.
- Will I be able to use public transportation during my study abroad?
Public transportation in your host country may run on a limited schedule, experience increased delays, and may be subject to closure at any point as mandated by the government. You will likely be required to wear a mask and adhere to any additional precautions in place such as physical distancing and capacity restrictions.
- Will courses be in person during study abroad?
We cannot guarantee that courses will start or remain in person for the duration of the semester. Due to a variety of factors, it may become necessary for the program to move courses online for any length of time. Online coursework may be offered synchronously in the local time zone.
- Are internships still available?
We anticipate being able to offer internships in our programs, but cannot guarantee that internships will remain 100% in person for the duration of the internship period. All internship placement sites will be subject to local guidelines and policies.
- What courses will be available?
Al UF courses will be offered in our programs as planned. Partners may offer limited course availability depending on the capacity and demand. We recommend having a backup academic plan in the event you are unable to secure your preferred course schedule abroad.
Health & Safety
- What COVID-19 precautions are in place?
We are working to ensure that our partners are meeting the necessary standards to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. Each location will adhere to all local guidelines and policies. Contact a study abroad advisor for program-specific details.
- Could I get COVID-19 while studying abroad?
Anyone can contract COVID-19 anywhere in the world. Please follow all recommended guidance and policies to minimize your risk of infection.
- What kind of housing is available?
Contact a study abroad advisor for program-specific details as room capacity and set-up varies by program.
- What changes can I expect during my study abroad program?
Organized program activities may be reduced or may be held in virtual formats. Planned excursions may be shortened, modified, or cancelled, depending on the environment and capacity of our partners.
- What COVID-related restrictions can I expect?
At a minimum, you will likely need to wear a face mask and practice physical distancing. You must adhere to all local regulations, which could include size limits for gatherings, closed restaurants/bars, and limited public services.
- What additional costs should I be aware of?
Due to COVID-19, there are many unpredictable student costs that may be incurred. We recommend budgeting additional, emergency funds for your study abroad experience. Possible costs could result from flight cancellations, limits to public transit, medical requirements, COVID-19 testing or treatment, quarantine or self-isolation, and limitations to international mobility. This list is not comprehensive.
- Will International Programs help me with these costs?
Unfortunately, International Programs cannot provide reimbursement for cancelled programs nor financial support for unexpected student expenses.
- Will I still have to pay my bill if I change my mind about studying abroad?
Contact a study abroad advisor for program-specific details on cancellation and refund policies.