Study Abroad

COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates & FAQs

Updates

ALERT: All official UW travel outside U.S. restricted

  • All travel outside the U.S. by University of Washington students (and employees) is restricted until further notice, effective immediately.
  • No exceptions to this restriction will be made as the UW travel waiver process has also been suspended.
  • This restriction is informed by the global “Level 4: Do Not Travel” health advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State.
  • These restrictions do not apply to personal travel. However, we strongly encourage you to avoid travel and review applicable travel warnings.
  • You are still covered by the UW Student Abroad Insurance for the coverage period purchased.
  • The UW Student Abroad Insurance through CISI does not cover travel cancellations or delays. Only evacuations that are medically necessary are covered by the insurance. Government (U.S. or foreign government) travel restrictions or border closings do not qualify for an insured evacuation.
  • UW-sponsored travel insurance and emergency assistance will not be available for any new travel. These services are of course available to UW travelers currently making their way home from overseas or sheltering in place.

Guidance for students

Huskies currently abroad - please take these steps!

  • Please closely monitor your email for updates from the Global Travel Security team.
  • Connect with the embassy of your nationality (U.S. Embassy – American Citizen Services for U.S. citizens abroad). If you haven’t done so already, sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates directly from the Embassy (you can sign up for STEP even if you are not a U.S. citizen). The U.S. Embassy website may also provide a list of recommended medical providers or hospitals. 
  • Monitor local news and reputable international outlets for updates. 
  • If you have a medical condition that prevents you from sheltering in place, send an email to travelemergency@uw.edu. For urgent matters, call the UW Global Emergency Line at 206-632-0153. 
  • If you must shelter in place, acquire safe food and water supplies to last you several days (ideally two weeks) in case of acute shortages.
  • Travelers should expect very long wait times. Bring your own food and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.) if possible to avoid being left without.
  • Download UW emergency contacts directly to your phone. Click this link while on your mobile device: https://www.keynect.us/user/UWGLOBAL.
  • Monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State.

Planned to go abroad for summer quarter

  • In consultation with the UW International Travel Risk Assessment and Safety Committee, Provost Richards has decided that official UW student travel will not be allowed until further notice. This decision includes study abroad for summer quarter. This is in accordance with the  UW Student International Travel Policy.
  • The outcome of this difficult but very necessary decision is that you cannot continue with your study abroad plans.
  • UW Study Abroad has emailed you with instructions and next steps. Please review your UW email right away and email studyabroad@uw.edu with any questions. We are here to support you. Make sure to communicate this information with your parents and family as appropriate. 

Planning to study abroad in early fall or autumn quarter/semester

  • UW Study Abroad has made the difficult decision to cancel study abroad programming for early fall and programs starting in autumn (including autumn quarter and autumn semester).
  • UW Study Abroad has emailed you with instructions and next steps. Please review your UW email right away and email studyabroad@uw.edu with any questions. We are here to support you. Make sure to communicate this information with your parents and family as appropriate. 

For Student Tours:

  • Contact the department sponsoring the tour to learn more about their cancellation policy.

Planning to study abroad starting in winter quarter

  • Students are currently being accepted to winter 2021 programs.
  • Please monitor your UW email regularly for updates from UW Study Abroad or partner programs. If UW Study Abroad makes any changes to your program, we will reach out to you directly via email. 
  • If you have yet to submit a payment contract for your program, you should submit the contract. See below for more details. 
  • We do not recommend that you purchase airfare or make travel plans at this time. If you do, we suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance and ensure that the policy covers cancellation due to pandemic. 
  • We encourage you to consider a backup for your winter plans.

For Faculty-led Programs:

  • We are very hopeful that winter 2021 programs can run. 
  • We plan to monitor the feasibility of running these programs throughout the summer. UW Study will contact you directly via email with updates.
  • If UW decides to cancel your program due to COVID-19, you will not be charged the program fee or the UW Study Abroad fee. UW Study Abroad will void your payment contract. 
  • Please submit your payment contract by July 1, 2020. This allows us to determine if programs have enough participants to run.

For UW Exchanges: 

  • We are very hopeful that spring semester will run. 
  • If UW decides to cancel your exchange due to COVID-19, you will not be charged the exchange fee or the UW Study Abroad fee. UW Study Abroad will void your payment contract. 

For Partner Programs:

  • If your study abroad provider (CIEE, SIT, IES) decides to cancel your program due to COVID-19, you will need to contact the institution directly to determine their cancellation policy in the context of COVID-19. You will not be charged the UW Study Abroad fee. 

For Student Tours:

  • Contact the department sponsoring the tour to learn more about their cancellation policy.

Current exchange students at the UW

We completely understand the uncertainty brought on by these events, and we want to assure you that the UW is monitoring the situation carefully and that student health and safety remain our highest priority. It is our intention to provide our incoming exchange students stability and as much predictability as possible in this uncertain time. You are an important part of our campus community.

  • Please follow guidelines regarding campus operations
  • Visit the UW coronavirus page for the most up to date information – specific information is available regarding visa holders.
  • The University registrar has published the following FAQ to help inform students about academic contingency plans.
  • In addition to UW Study Abroad, please consult with International Student Services regarding any changes you may be planning to make.

General guidance for the UW community

UW COVID-19 campus updates, resources and FAQs