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: October 29, 2020, 3:30 p.m. MST
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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.
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 and The Office of the Provost. 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 is the status of UArizona study abroad programs for Spring 2021?
The University of Arizona is committed to supporting students' decisions to participate in UArizona Spring 2021 study abroad programs. If you decide to proceed with your spring study abroad plans, we ask you to review the Spring 2021 Do's & Don'ts Guide and to check your UArizona email regularly for updates.
What are the extended deadlines for Spring 2021 / Academic Year study abroad?
Study Abroad accepts applications on a rolling basis for most programs. Check with a Study Abroad Coordinator if you would like to inquire about a specific Spring 2021 program.
Commitment Deadline for Spring 2021: December 15
How will I know if my program is cancelled?
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.
Should students purchase trip cancellation insurance and/or refundable airfare for upcoming terms?
Study Abroad strongly advises program participants to purchase fully refundable airline tickets and a Cancellation for Any Reason (CFAR) and/or Interruption for Any Reason (IFAR) insurance policy after they are committed to their program to safeguard against losses or penalties in case of withdrawal from the Program for any reason (including failure to obtain a visa, travel restrictions related to COVID-19, or any other reason), or in case the Program is cancelled or its dates are changed. Please read the terms of any policy closely before purchasing so that you understand the provisions, limitations and exclusions of the coverage.
Please check with a Study Abroad Coordinator before purchasing airline tickets. 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.
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 – Country-Specific Information
- 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.