VCU Education Abroad
Study abroad updates regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus )
NEW: Updated: Tuesday January 5, 2021
Due to the dynamic and uncertain nature of the ongoing global pandemic, VCU does not yet have a definite time frame for when study abroad will resume. Decisions are being made on a semesterly basis. At this time, study abroad has been cancelled through May 2021. Decisions on the status of summer 2021 will be made by mid-March and decisions on fall 2021 will be made by mid-June. Stay up to date on VCU's travel guidance at One Together. In the meantime, you can schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad Adviser to begin planning for when study abroad does resume or for a virtual program.
Study Abroad Programs Canceled Through May 2021
Updated: Wednesday September 24, 2020
Due to the continued uncertainty of the global COVID-19 pandemic, VCU has decided to cancel all study abroad programs through May 2021. This includes spring 2021 and spring break 2021 programs and included exchanges, direct-enroll, third-party provider programs and independent study. VCU's Global Education Office will continue to monitor health and travel recommendations regarding summer 2021. In the meantime, students should visit the following website for ways to maintain momentum in planning study abroad. For more information, contact Stephanie Tignor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 827-7882 or visit https://global.vcu.edu/abroad/keepstudyingabroad/.
Keep on Studying Abroad
During this time of disruption, study abroad remains a valuable part of any student's educational experience. Even as we navigate COVID-19, there are steps that students can take to maintain momentum in planning their study abroad experience. The new Keep on Studying Abroad website offers tips for students to time their study abroad in light of COVID-19, connect virtually with a study abroad adviser, explore funding options and consider virtual internships and online classes.
Cancellation of Winter Break 2021 Study Abroad Programs
Updated: Friday, July 24, 2020
Due to the continued risks associated with traveling abroad during the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, VCU has made the difficult decision to cancel all study abroad programs for Winter Break 2021. This decision was also made in light of the U.S. Department of State's current Level 4 (Do Not Travel) global health advisory level. This cancellation applies to all program types (exchange, direct enroll, provider programs) for the Winter Break 2021 term.
Cancellation of Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Study Abroad Programs
Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Due to the continued risks associated with traveling abroad during the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, VCU has made the difficult decision to cancel all study abroad programs for summer 2020 and fall 2020. This decision was also made in light of the U.S. Department of State's current Level 4 (Do Not Travel) global health advisory level. VCU has taken the proactive measure to cancel programs now to provide students with time to identify housing options and academic plans at VCU for the fall semester. This cancellation applies to all program types (exchange, direct enroll, provider programs) for the summer 2020 and fall 2020 terms. The Global Education Office will provide students with refunds for any application fees paid to VCU, which may include the $150 GEO fee. These refunds will be issued to your original form of payment and will be available in the next 30 days.
On March 19, 2020 the US State Department has raised the Global Health Advisory to a level 4 (Do Not Travel) and is urging U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States to work with their airlines immediately to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.
This State Department advisory also states that "U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period", and that "on March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification. These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.
- Read about the various program options offered by VCU Education Abroad.
- See where VCU students have studied.
- Start planning where you want to go.
- View a list of pre-approved courses available for credit.
Faculty: Refer a student to the Education Abroad office!
Note: If you have difficulty accessing any portion of the website, application or materials, please call 804-827-7882 or email email@example.com for assistance.