KU Study Abroad Programs & COVID-19
Updated March 27, 2020
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elevated their Travel Warning to “Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel” for most countries in Europe and “Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions” for the rest of the world. On March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a global health advisory "Level 4: Do Not Travel" as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19. As a result of this guidance, KU has suspended all Spring 2020 study abroad programs. All study abroad participants remaining overseas have been asked to make plans for immediate return to the United States.
CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT OF SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS:
The U.S. federal government has urged all citizens currently abroad to return to the U.S. immediately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State have advised against all non-essential international travel. While we remain optimistic that efforts to contain the virus will be successful, economic recovery and the normalization of international travel will require substantive time even after containment of COVID-19 is achieved. In light of these circumstances and recognizing the need for faculty, staff and students to plan now for summer and fall terms, KU has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all KU-administered summer 2020 study abroad programs scheduled to depart the U.S. prior to June 30, 2020. At this time, all late Summer 2020 programs (July/August) and Fall 2020 study abroad programs are continuing as planned.
For student participants on late Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 study abroad programs:
- Please proceed with the next steps as outlined in your JayhawksAbroad account and in the emails you have received from your SAGE Program Managers, host institution abroad, or SIP program provider.
- If you have been accepted to a program and you are still interested in studying abroad, you should submit the contract by the due date indicated. If you have concerns regarding submission of the contract, speak with your Program Manager.
- Do not purchase airfare or make travel plans at this time. If you do, we strongly suggest that you purchase fully refundable airline tickets and/or trip cancellation insurance ("cancel for any reason" coverage) and ensure that the policy covers cancellation due to pandemic. KU Study Abroad assumes no responsibility for losses or penalties due to program cancellation or student withdrawal.
- If KU Study Abroad makes any changes to your program, we will reach out to you directly via email. Please check your KU email account and JayhawksAbroad account regularly.
For late Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 KU-administered programs, if KU determines that we cannot safely operate a program due to COVID-19 and KU Study Abroad cancels the program, you will not be charged the KU Required Fee or KU Program Fee. SAGE will void your financial contract. If KU programs remain operational and a student withdraws from that program, the student will be bound to the withdrawal policy outlined on the financial contract.
Students applying to programs administered outside of KU (direct enrollment programs, student-initiated programs, etc.) should speak with the program provider regarding their withdrawal policy for the term in question. Should the partner cancel your study abroad program, you will not be charged the KU Study Abroad Required Fee. Should the program remain in operation and a student elect to withdraw, the student will be subject to the withdrawal policy as per the financial contract.
For country or program-specific questions, please contact Study Abroad & Global Engagement at 785-864-3742 or email@example.com.