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Coronavirus and Study Abroad Updates
Coronavirus and Study Abroad Updates
Education Abroad is making plans to resume programming as soon as it is safe to do so. The university continues to actively monitor the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak in this country and around the world along with its impact on global travel. We have designed a roadmap for reopening our programs that prioritize the health and safety of our students and faculty. Unfortunately, many of the conditions for reopening have not yet been met, and there continue to be restrictions on U.S. citizens where most of our programs operate. We are staying up to date on the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and proactively implementing measures to keep our community safe as we consider international education opportunities for future terms.
While study abroad is on hold, UMD stays global. Visit go.umd.edu/StayGlobalUMD for more details on the range of global learning coursework and experience available to you.
Study Abroad Program Status Updates
As decisions are made about the status of study abroad programs, announcements will be posted here as well as distributed through UMD channels. Please continue to check back for the latest updates.
- Winter 2022 & spring 2022 - No decision has been made about the operating status of winter and spring 2022 study abroad programs. Information about the status of these programs should be updated by the end of May 2021.
- Fall 2021 - No decision has been made about the operating status of fall 2021 study abroad programs. Applications for fall 2021 programs are not open at this time. Information about the status of these programs should be updated by the end of February 2021.
- Summer 2021 - UMD faculty-led summer 2021 programs are canceled. No decision has been made about the operating status of any other summer 2021 study abroad programs. Information about the status of these programs should be updated by the end of February 2021.
- Spring 2021 - In-person study abroad programs for spring 2021 as well as incoming exchange programs are canceled.
- Fall 2020 - As of June 10, 2020, the UMD incoming exchange program for the fall 2020 semester is canceled; As of May 19, 2020, ALL face-to-face study abroad programs for the fall 2020 semester are canceled.
- Spring break & summer 2020 - As of March 3, 2020, the University of Maryland has canceled all Education Abroad programs for spring break 2020 and summer session 2020.
- Spring 2020 - As of March 14, 2020, ALL spring semester 2020 study abroad programs have been suspended. This includes programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America (Central and South), the Middle East, New Zealand, as well as those programs that involve multiple countries. This does NOT apply to international exchange students studying at the University of Maryland campus in College Park. Please read below for more details. As of March 11, 2020, spring semester programs have been suspended for all countries in Europe, as well as Japan, China and South Korea. Please read below for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions: Education Abroad and COVID-19
What is the University of Maryland doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak?
The university continues to actively monitor the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak. We are staying up to date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and being proactive in implementing measures to keep our community safe. The university’s Incident Response Team, International Risk Management Committee, Campus Infectious Disease Management Committee, Student Affairs leadership and Council of Deans are meeting regularly to evaluate the current situation and make decisions to safeguard the health of our community.
Visit https://umd.edu/virusinfo for the most up-to-date information regarding the university’s response to COVID-19.
What is the UMD Education Abroad Office doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak?
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, meaning that it is very widely disseminated and cases are spreading rapidly through communities around the world.
The university suspended all Education Abroad programs for spring 2020 and required all students to return to their home of record no later than March 24. All spring break and summer 2020 programs were canceled.
All travelers returning to the U.S. from locations designated CDC Alert Level 3 were required to both “self-monitor” and “self-isolate” for 14 days upon return.
On May 19, all face-to-face study abroad programs for fall 2020 were canceled.
How can I stay globally engaged?
Staying globally engaged is more important than ever. You can enroll in one of UMD’s exciting Global Classrooms courses, through which you can work on impactful projects with your international peers.
If you are interested in participating in a virtual global program, send an email to your EA advisor. EA is continuing to develop and expand our list of global learning resources and opportunities available at go.umd.edu/stayglobalumd. You can also sign up for updates from the Office of International Affairs regarding global opportunities, events and more at go.umd.edu/globalterps
Can I transfer my Fall 2020 study abroad application to a future semester?
Students who applied to Fall 2020 programs have the opportunity to transfer their application to Fall 2021. If you are interested in transferring your Fall 2020 study abroad application, please email your EA advisor.
Can I study abroad through non-UMD programs in the spring?
The University of Maryland will not endorse or approve any participation for Spring 2021 that involves face-to-face programming. Students who participate in study abroad programs without UMD endorsement will not have UMD student status. Not only will you risk your health and safety, but non-student status consequences may include:
- Ineligibility for financial aid/scholarship
- We can’t confirm if/how coursework will transfer back to UMD
- UMD will not provide any support or advising throughout the process
Does the cancellation of Fall 2020 study abroad programs include incoming exchange?
Yes. The incoming exchange program is canceled as of June 10, 2020. UMD will not be hosting incoming exchange students for the Fall 2020 semester.
What university resources are available for Education Abroad students experiencing emotional duress during these difficult circumstances?
The Division of Student Affairs' Counseling Center is more than happy to provide consultation to students who are experiencing distress regarding the cancellation of their study abroad programs. While they cannot conduct therapy by phone, the counseling staff can provide support and suggestions to help students cope with the situation.
Students may call the Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651. They should identify themselves as study abroad students who returned home due to the suspension of their programs. If they do not reach a live person, they should also provide a callback number in leaving a voicemail. A counselor on duty will return the call as soon as possible to provide support, consultation and coping suggestions.
If the student lives near the university, the counselor on duty will inform the student that in-person counseling is available at the Counseling Center after their self-isolation is completed and they show no signs of infection. Appointments can be scheduled by phone.
Please visit counseling.umd.edu for updated hours of operation.
When and how does UMD make the decision to cancel or suspend a program, and what resources are informing these decisions?
The health and safety of our students is our primary concern as we plan and execute our academic programs abroad. When emergency situations arise, EA will make decisions that are based first and foremost on the health and safety of our students.
We rely on information provided by the CDC, WHO, the U.S. State Department, state and local health departments, on-campus public health experts, and our partners and contacts on-site to guide decisions concerning where we operate study abroad programs in the world.