Study Abroad Program Updates and Resources Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and well-being of students is our first priority. UC Davis has been monitoring situations related to Coronavirus or COVID-19 on campus and around the world, including in countries in which Study Abroad programs are offered with special attention on how local circumstances and responses abroad may impact our ability to effectively operate programs and ensure the safety of students. 

Based on guidance from the University of California system restricting travel, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recent Global Level 2 Travel Notice, additional guidance from the U.S. State Department, and World Health Organization (WHO), and assessments from campus leadership, workgroups, and subject matter experts, UC Davis has decided to suspend all international and U.S.-based Study Abroad programs through summer (including Spring Seminars Abroad, Spring Quarter Abroad, Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships). On June 12, 2020, Fall Quarter Abroad was also suspended.

This decision was not taken lightly. Additional factors for cancellations include:

  • the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 and the risks involved, including increasing interruptions at universities around the world,
  • the growing importance of measures to limit person-to-person transmission, including restrictions on public gatherings and closures of major events, and
  • the increasing restrictions on international and domestic travel.

Resources and Next Steps

Students currently enrolled will receive a full refund of all fees and deposits paid. Messages are being sent to students in all of these programs with further details, next steps to take, and how the Global Learning Hub within Global Affairs will support students during this transition, including but not limited to (as needed):

  • providing advising on alternative plans,
  • connecting students with housing resources,
  • coordinating support on financial aid packages,
  • providing assistance in returning to the U.S., and
  • assisting with trip cancellation and non-program expense insurance claims.

While we recognize the disruption this causes for students, families, and institutional partners, we hope the timing of this decision was prioritized to give students time to plan for other opportunities, with the support of the Global Learning Hub, Undergraduate Education, and other campus offices, such as:

  • re-enrolling in on-campus courses,
  • pursuing online or alternative global learning opportunities, or
  • making other arrangements to ensure continued progress toward degree.  

We also realize this decision comes during an already challenging and stressful time for students and are reminding them of important resources, including Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS).

Information for UCEAP Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 Programs

Decisions to continue or suspend University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) programs are made by the UCEAP systemwide office. More information on those programs can be found on the UCEAP website.

Contact Information

Students and faculty with questions related to study abroad or other global learning programs should contact or +1 (530) 752-5763.

University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) updates can be found at the UCEAP website.

For more information on travel updates and advisories for UC Davis travelers visit the Global Affairs website.

More Resources 

We encourage students to monitor and assess the Coronavirus situation at the following resources:

Health and Counseling Support:

Global Affairs and the Global Learning Hub remain committed to providing high-quality and impactful global learning opportunities for all students. We are here to support you during this challenging time and we look forward to resuming programs in the future.