COVID-19 FAQs & Updates

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(Updated November 11th, 2021)

COVID-19 has and will impact study abroad’s normal operations; however, our commitment to student mobility and access to international opportunities remains central to our operations.  Please be reassured that we are taking the necessary steps to keep our community healthy and safe. As new information is received, we will post up-to-date information on program statuses and any new policies or necessary safety measures at the link below.

UIC’s Office of Global Engagement (OGE) has been monitoring the global pandemic to determine if conditions in countries where our students have applied to study are stable enough to permit the university’s endorsement of participation in study abroad programs.

OGE has consulted a variety of sources, including:

-The U.S. Department of State
-The Centers for Disease Control
-Official governmental sources for host countries
-Information from our program partners
-Arthur J. Gallagher – UIC’s international health insurance providers

Based on this information, the university has made the decision to support students moving forward with planning to study abroad next semester to countries that are currently allowing U.S. citizens entry and with a Department of State travel advisory of a level 3 or lower, as long as the level 3 advisory is only due to COVID-19. Students are being informed of their ability to move forward with their plans and advised to review the financial deadlines and refund policies of their respective program sponsor should they move forward.

-Messaging has gone out to all students in process for a Spring 2022  to let them know if they are approved to move forward or if their program is cancelled. A note has been added to students’ iAdvise records to indicate if they are approved to study abroad next semester.

-The Department of State maintains a system of travel advisories for countries around the world. These advisories are aligned with CDC’s travel notices and COVID-19 guidance. Department of State travel advisories range from Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions to Level 4: Do Not TravelThe SAO and OGE have determined that students who have applied to a Spring Semester 2022 program based in a country with a current travel advisory of level 4 will, unfortunately, not be able to participate in these programs.

-For students who have applied to a Spring Break 2022 program, we are now looking to make a decision towards the end of the semester since the travel experience would occur in March.

In all cases, students have been advised to register for Spring 2022 classes at UIC as a backup in case their study abroad program is canceled.

Our advisors are still available to meet with students interested in planning for a future term. Visit today.uic.edu/coronavirus for additional information, campus updates and support resources for the UIC community. Please contact us at sao@uic.edu or schedule an appointment with a study abroad staff member.

Study Abroad COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions