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COVID-19 FAQs

The University has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation abroad and due to the conditions abroad we have made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel all education abroad programs for fall 2020.

The Center for Education Abroad continues to support undergraduate students by Zoom, email or phone. Schedule Zoom appointments with an advisor via our online scheduling system.

How is the University making decisions about its study abroad programs amidst COVID-19 news?

The University takes guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Department of State, and our health and safety risk management team. When making decisions about specific programs, we also consider input from peer institutions and our international partners.

My education abroad program has been canceled, what do I do now?

Contact an education abroad advisor with any questions you have and to discuss options for a future education abroad program during another term.  Virtual appointments can be scheduled with an advisor here.  You can also email us at ceaadvisors@rochester.edu  

If you have not yet registered for fall 2020 courses via UR Student, be sure to do so as soon as possible.  Contact your academic advisor if you have questions about how to register.  Additional information on how to register for fall 2020 courses can be found here.

I applied to study abroad in Fall 2020, can I defer my acceptance to the spring 2021 semester? 

If you wish to defer your application to spring 2021, you can contact an Education Abroad advisor to discuss options for a future education abroad program.

My fall 2020 education abroad program has been canceled.  Can I still apply for on-campus housing?

If you did not complete the housing lottery, contact Residential Life directly  (housingassignments@reslife.rochester.edu)to submit an application for the waiting list.  You can also contact Residential Life to explore off-campus housing options.

When will we receive more information about the virtual programs that will be offered? 

The Center for Education Abroad will be offering a condensed portfolio of virtual programs to include both academic and internship opportunities for summer and fall terms.  A summer or fall virtual program will not take the place of a full term abroad academic program.  Students should still plan to register for fall UR courses.  The CEA office will share more details about these opportunities and how to register in a future communications.  You can also refer to the Center for Education Abroad website for continued updates.

Will education abroad programs be able to go for Spring 2021?

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for health and safety and for travel, the University will continue to monitor the situation before making any determinations about education abroad for Spring 2021. We remain optimistic about the ability to offer education abroad programs next spring and encourage students to continue exploring education abroad options during that semester. In the event that programs for Spring 2021 are restricted, we will convey any decisions with as much advance notice as possible.