This page serves as a location for updates and information regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 as they pertain to study abroad programs at the University of Arizona. Study Abroad and Global Travel, along with University of Arizona Leadership, are closely monitoring this evolving situation.
Please refer to the University's main Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page regularly for important campus information.
We appreciate your partnership and patience as we navigate this situation. Study Abroad and Global Travel staff are here to support you.
Last updated: April 6, 8:30 p.m. MST
Latest Communications from Study Abroad
March 24: Updates on Fall Study Abroad
March 19: Email to Academic Advising Community
March 19: Updates for Summer Study Abroad
Which Summer 2020 study abroad programs are still active?
How is the University of Arizona monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?
The University of Arizona Global Travel and Study Abroad offices are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak via updates from the CDC and the World Health Organization as well as liaising with our public health and risk experts on campus. We are committed to ensuring students receive the most up-to-date information and support, which can be found on the official University of Arizona COVID-19 website.
Has the University of Arizona suspended Academic Year 2019-2020 and Spring 2020 study abroad programs?
Yes. All academic year and Spring 2020 programs have been suspended. The University of Arizona has recalled all students from academic year and Spring 2020 study abroad programs.
What should I do if I am returning to the United States from a Spring study abroad program?
Out of concern for your health as well as that of your family, friends and the campus community, the University of Arizona is directing students, faculty, and staff returning from abroad to self-quarantine and practice social distancing for 14 days upon return to the United States. See the official University of Arizona COVID-19 website for more information on how to protect your health and the health of those around you.
How does the University of Arizona decide whether or not to cancel a study abroad program?
The University takes guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, international security intelligence providers and the University’s International Travel Safety Oversight Committee . When making decisions about specific programs, we also consider local conditions as well as input from peer institutions and our overseas partners. We do not make any decisions regarding either current or upcoming study abroad programs without a full assessment of the total impact on our students’ health, academic standing and financial implications.
What would happen if a student withdrew from a Summer 2020 study abroad program out of concern for COVID-19?
The commitment deadline has been extended until April 15, 2020 for active summer 2020 programs (see above for a list of programs that are still running). Students may withdraw from a program without penalty until the commitment deadline of April 15th, at which point, students will be responsible for 100% of program costs. Please note: should the Study Abroad office ultimately cancel any program before it has started, (even if after the student has withdrawn), the student will not be responsible for any billable program expenses. Airfare and personal costs will be the responsibility of the student.
What would happen if a student has submitted their commitment form to a Summer 2020 program that is cancelled prior to the program start date?
If the Study Abroad office cancels a program before it has started, the student will not be responsible for any billable program expenses. Airfare and personal costs will be the responsibility of the student.
Should students purchase trip cancellation insurance and/or refundable airfare?
Study Abroad strongly recommends that students do not purchase airfare for future study abroad trips at this time. However, when purchasing airfare, Study Abroad recommends that students purchase fully refundable airline tickets and/or trip cancellation insurance to safeguard against losses or penalties associated with withdrawal or program cancellation. If you choose to purchase airline tickets or trip insurance be sure to read the policies thoroughly to make sure they meet your needs. Study Abroad assumes no responsibility for any losses or penalties as a result of cancellation or withdrawal.
How will I know if my program is canceled?
Study Abroad will contact students directly with updates via email. If you have not been informed by Study Abroad that your program has been cancelled, you should assume that it is proceeding as planned.
What if I decide to remain abroad after the University has cancelled my Study Abroad program?
If the University cancels your Study Abroad program after it has started and you chose to remain abroad independently, you are doing so against the advice and without the support of the University of Arizona. The University of Arizona will not be able to provide any lodging, logistic support, or international insurance to any student who remains abroad against the advice of the University of Arizona. Should you choose to remain abroad, you understand and accept all risks associated with this decision and are solely responsible for your well-being.
What resources does the University of Arizona recommend for reliable updates regarding COVID-19?
- Official University of Arizona COVID-19 website
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Department of State - Travel Advisories
- Travelers' Health (CDC)
Who can I contact about study abroad and the coronavirus situation?
For questions related to a specific study abroad program, contact UArizona Study Abroad. For questions about international health and safety and emergency support, please contact UArizona Global Travel. Media inquiries should be directed to UArizona Communications.