The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of study abroad through May 2021. This decision applies to Spring 2021 and includes all program types (exchange, direct enroll, provider programs, faculty-led, and study abroad by petition). Study abroad departing in June 2021 will evaluated in early spring.
The University values the study abroad experience, and university staff have been exploring opportunities for resuming study abroad. However, the rate of COVID-19 transmission and continued uncertainty suggest that it is not yet appropriate to resume study abroad. It was important to make this decision early so students can plan appropriately for the spring 2021 semester. For spring 2021 applications, the University will waive or refund the $100 application fee. This was not the desired outcome and university staff share our students’ disappointment.
The University will not permit any waivers or exceptions for spring 2021 study abroad, including for those programs with delayed start dates in March or April. Participants choosing to study abroad will have no University connection or support, including access to study abroad options through the University, international insurance, and pre-articulation of course credit.
Students that applied for Spring 2021 have already been notified of this decision.