Health and Safety Study Abroad Updates

Please reference this webpage for updates on Study Abroad policies regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19) and best practices for staying safe abroad. Please be reassured that we are taking the necessary steps to keep our community healthy and safe. Visit for additional information, campus updates and support resources for the UIC community.

    • For all students who were planning to go abroad this fall:
      The safety of our students is of paramount concern to us. As of June 4, 2020, UIC has made the difficult decision to suspend all study abroad programming for the fall 2020 semester. This decision was made through regular consultation with trusted resources and experts such as the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Unfortunately, due to risks presented by COVID-19, these agencies are discouraging international travel.  At this point, there is no indication as to when this advice may change. 
  • There are several important steps you will need to take as a result of this cancellation:
    1. Contact your program provider to confirm your withdrawal ASAP to avoid incurring any fees. Please consider deferring your application to a future term. Your program partner will most likely be able to transfer your existing application.
    2. Update your academic advisor regarding the cancellation of study abroad programs in Fall 2020 and solidify your UIC course enrollment for Fall 2020. You may also wish to begin discussing options to study abroad during a future term.
    3. Most scholarship recipients who received funding for Fall 2020 will be able to apply those awards to Spring 2021. Contact your Study Abroad advisor for more information.

Students who were planning to study abroad in Fall 2020 and would like to study abroad in Spring 2021 will need to re-apply for their desired program by scheduling a Formal Advising Appointment and completing a new UIC Study Abroad Application for Spring 2021. This must be done before our deadline, October 23rd. We will do our best to streamline this process for you.   

  • For all students looking to go abroad this spring:
    Based on existing information, we are still planning to run Study Abroad programs starting in Spring 2021. Given newly imposed health and safety parameters due to COVID-19, the Study Abroad Office is temporarily adjusting its in-person advising model to a virtual platform. We are still available to support you in pursuing Study Abroad in the same capacity we were before; however, it will be virtual until further notice. Click here for answers to common questions regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on your study abroad plans.

To learn more about Study Abroad program options, click here.

Our primary concern is the safety of our students, so we are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to update you with any information we have.

We understand that there is anxiety surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19), so please do not hesitate to reach out to us or your program at any time. We are doing all we can to make sure you have the most successful Study Abroad experience possible while ensuring your safety. The emergency phone is available should you need more information on your specific situation. Please call (312) 413 7662 during business hours or (312) 636 4150 after regular business hours.



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