Study Abroad Program Updates and Resources Related to COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

See current information, next steps, and resources. The UC Davis International Center is currently closed but we are still here to help: please email with any questions or to set up a remote advising appointment.

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

Decisions to cancel programs will be based on travel directives and guidance from the University of California system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and assessments from campus leadership, workgroups, and subject matter experts.

Additional factors to be considered include:

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

What Happens When a Program is Cancelled

Students enrolled in programs that are cancelled due to COVID-19 will receive a full refund of all fees and deposits paid. Every effort will be made to make decisions in time for students to make alternative plans. Messages will be sent to enrolled students informing them of next steps, and the Global Learning Hub will work with partner offices on campus to support students during the transition. This will include, but is not limited to:

  • providing advising on alternative plans;
  • connecting students with housing resources;
  • coordinating support on financial aid packages;
  • assisting students with re-enrolling in on-campus courses;
  • advising on online or alternative global learning opportunities;
  • making other arrangements to ensure continued progress toward degree;
  • if a program is already abroad, providing assistance in returning to the U.S; and
  • assisting with trip cancellation and non-program expense insurance claims.

We realize that such decisions may come during an already challenging and stressful time for students and we encourage students to reach out to important resources, such as Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS).

Decisions for UCEAP 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.

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.