impact of COVID-19 on study abroad programs
Education Abroad (EA) is monitoring the impact of the pandemic through regular contact with partner organizations and institutions abroad. As the situation related to COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, please refer to the Niner Nation Cares website for more information about the virus, precautions you can take, and the most up-to-date information from the University.
If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact the University’s Student Health Center at 704-687-7400.
For more information about the precautions UNC Charlotte is taking this semester, learn more on Niner Nation Cares website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Spring 2022 study abroad programs be offered?
- Currently, UNC Charlotte intends to offer in-person programming abroad for Spring 2022 in countries that meet specific criteria. However, in addressing this crisis, we know that situations and circumstances can change rapidly. Education Abroad is committed to keeping students apprised of any modification to their spring education abroad programs.
- EA will communicate the critiera for Spring 2022 programming after application deadlines and no later than early November. Students planning on studying abroad this spring should check their application in the EA Portal and their UNC Charlotte email for further updates from Education Abroad.
- Note that there is a University requirement for all international travel to be approved through the Chancellor's designee. EA will communicate the petition process for international travel along with the criteria for Spring 2022 programming.
How can Spring 2022 study abroad applicants prepare academically in the event that their study abroad program is canceled?
- As students prepare for the upcoming term abroad EA encourages them, regardless of program type, to enroll in spring semester courses at UNC Charlotte in their degree plan. We recommend discussing an academic plan for the spring semester with their academic advisor as soon as possible so that they are prepared in the event that we do need to alter spring programming. These courses can be dropped later during the fall semester and EA will notify students when to drop them so that we may enroll students in the appropriate study abroad course. Should the COVID-19 crisis continue and spring study abroad programming must be modified or canceled, students will have assurance of spring enrollment in their courses on campus and will continue to make progress toward their degree.
What other recommendations does EA have for Spring 2022 study abroad students regarding study abroad expenses?
- At the moment, EA does not recommend or advise students to make any non-refundable deposits (i.e. airline tickets, housing accommodations, etc) for their program. In the case of program cancellation, UNC Charlotte will be unable to reimburse students for those costs. However, in the event Spring 2022 study abroad programs are canceled prior to departure, we will refund any fees paid directly to EA. Students should communicate with their affiliate provider and/or host institution to understand cancellation deadlines and refund policies.
- EA strongly recommends that students planning to study abroad for the Spring 2022 term invest in “Cancel for Any Reason” Insurance. Knowing that circumstances can and do abruptly change during the COVID-19 pandemic, such insurance will help in the recovery of costs for any expenses incurred. However, EA still strongly recommends that students wait to incur any expenses until we confirm with the student that they will be permitted to continue with their spring study abroad plans.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine required to study abroad?
- There is no UNC System requirement for the COVID-19 vaccine to study abroad. However, many nations and countries are passing restrictive policies on vaccine requirements that will make it very difficult or impossible to study abroad without the vaccine. Additionally, many host institutions and affiliate providers are currently requiring the vaccine. With these developments, EA highly recommends students are fully vaccinated to study abroad.