COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs

Heavener International Programs is currently accepting applications for study abroad while closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on international travel.


Am I allowed to travel internationally?

It depends! Entry requirements are subject to change and interpretation by the host country at any time. Some countries may also add have health requirements such as negative COVID-19 test results, vaccines, or test-to-release programs. Some countries or programs may require self-isolation/quarantine upon arrival in-country. Your study abroad advisor will keep you up to date on the latest information for your host country 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 or country while studying abroad?

Current travel restrictions are complex and constantly changing. Travel restrictions can vary based on your citizenship, recent travels, vaccination status, and more. 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.

What do I need to know about flying during the pandemic?

Review your airline’s policies thoroughly before purchasing flights. International flight travel still has a facemask requirement. Your airline may have other restrictions and limited services while on board the plane. You may notice limited flight availability. You are more likely to experience last-minute 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?

Yes, internships are available, but there is a high likelihood that placements may have a hybrid (i.e., partially in-person, partially virtual) format. Some internships may be fully virtual, though opportunities to meet with the supervisor and/or colleagues in-person are typically available. All internship placement sites will be subject to local guidelines and policies.

What courses will be available?

All 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.

What additional health requirements are necessary for study abroad?

While the University of Florida does not require (but strongly encourages) faculty, staff and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, our in-country logistical partners for many programs require proof of vaccination for all participating students, faculty and staff. The requirement and definition of full vaccination varies between programs. Students should review the ‘Eligibility’ sections of the individual program webpages and check with a study abroad advisor with any questions. COVID-19 testing may be required to travel. As always, your study abroad advisor will keep you up to date on the latest information as it becomes available. Students will be responsible for any associated costs needed to meet these requirements. Any student failing to comply with their program-specific vaccination mandate prior to departure could incur significant financial loss, as they will not be allowed to participate in the program, but will still be billed for the full program fee.

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. In the event that a student becomes COVID positive during their program, procedures are in place.


What COVID-related restrictions can I expect?

COVID-related restrictions continue to vary greatly throughout the world. Even within a particular country, regional restrictions may vary. You must adhere to all local regulations, keeping mind that your vaccination status may not exempt you from restrictions.

What changes can I expect during my study abroad program?

Organized program activities may be reduced or may be held in virtual formats. Internship are likely to vary in modality (see relevant section above). Planned excursions may be shortened, modified, or cancelled, depending on the environment and capacity of our partners.

Financial Liability

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, treatment or vaccine, quarantine or self-isolation, and limitations to international mobility. This list is not comprehensive.

Will Heavener International Programs help me with these costs?

Unfortunately, Heavener International Programs cannot provide reimbursement for changed or 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?

Refer to the signature documents in your UF application for full details. Refer to UFIC’s Study Abroad FAQ’s as well. Contact a study abroad advisor for further questions about cancellation and refund policies.