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Study Abroad COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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Students’ health and safety abroad is our top priority, and we aim to partner with students to make well-informed decisions about studying abroad. We are closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus situation and have compiled the latest information, policies, recommendations, and resources below.

We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available, so check back regularly. Should you have any questions after reviewing this page, please do not hesitate to write to us at studyabroad@yale.edu.

Study abroad advisers continue to be available to hold virtual meetings with students via Zoom. To schedule a meeting, please use our online appointment system

This page was last updated on January 19, 2021 (11:55 a.m.)

Note:Sponsored outbound international travel from the United States, including study abroad and fellowships, is suspended for Yale College students for the duration of the 2020-2021 academic year (both the fall 2020 and the spring 2021 terms).

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Summer 2021

FAQ: Will applications open for Summer 2021 study abroad?

At this time, we have delayed the opening of summer applications until an update is available. The earliest that we may open any applications, if applicable, would be early February. Deadlines will be adjusted accordingly as needed.

We cannot guarantee that Yale will sponsor any international travel, including study abroad, this summer. More information about summer study abroad possibilities will be available by the start of the spring 2021 term. In the interim, you may meet with a study abroad adviser for guidance.

FAQ: How should I plan for Summer 2021 if I'm interested in study abroad?

  • Do your research and stay informed.
    • Review the CDC travel recommendations for your intended country, the entry requirements, and local news sources.
    • Learn about how the country has responded to COVID-19 (e.g. testing availability, social distancing, mandatory face masks, quarantines), the treatment facilities, and the capacity to respond to an increased outbreak.
    • See the Resources included at the bottom of this page for useful links.
  • Meet with a study abroad adviser to discuss your plans, ask questions, and receive support for choosing a program that matches your goals and interests.
  • Begin exploring program options. Check directly with your intended institution/program to confirm that they will be accepting applications for study abroad in the summer. If so, ask them how they are preparing to host study abroad students and what may look different (e.g. housing changes, travel restrictions, hybrid in-person/online courses).
  • Do not begin any applications until February 2021 at the earliest. Await guidance from Yale Study Abroad.
  • Discuss your plans with family.
  • Have a backup plan in case summer study abroad is suspended.

Yale Summer Session (YSS) Programs Abroad

For details on YSS New Haven and Online, visit the Yale Summer Session website.

FAQ: Will YSS Programs Abroad be running in Summer 2021?

We cannot guarantee that any YSS Programs Abroad will run in Summer 2021. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation globally and follow guidance from Yale University and the Yale Travel Policy. More information about summer study abroad possibilities will be available by the start of the spring 2021 term.

FAQ: Who is eligible for YSS COVID-19 Courses and how do they apply to YSS Programs Abroad?

First-year students and sophomores who enroll for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, with at least one term taken remotely, will earn two courses to be used in Yale Summer Session (YSS) New Haven, Online, or Abroad in any summer before their senior year.

Students who were in the equivalent of their second or fourth term in Fall 2020, and who enroll for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms with at least one of those terms taken remotely without access to campus (LM4, LM5, LM6), will also be eligible for this special YSS arrangement.

If admitted to a YSS Program Abroad, eligible students may use the YSS COVID-19 Courses, however, both YSS COVID-19 Courses must be used together toward the tuition cost of two credits on a single program. These credits cannot be split across programs or summers.

Note - Cinematic Storytelling in Prague is the only YSS Program Abroad that does not meet the YSS COVID-19 Courses eligibility requirements for an abroad option as the tuition cost for the program is only for one Yale credit, the second credit is transfered in from FAMU.

FAQ: Is admission guaranteed to a YSS Program Abroad if if I am eligible for the YSS COVID-19 Courses?

No, admission cannot be guaranteed, and enrollment is limited. For more details on how the YSS Programs Abroad admissions process works, please visit our Apply section.

FAQ: How do the YSS COVID-19 Courses apply to YSS Programs Abroad that earn 3 or 4 credits?

The YSS COVID-19 Courses will cover the tuition cost of 2 credits on the program. Every YSS Program Abroad is designed as a complete program rather than individual courses; therefore, students cannot choose to enroll in fewer courses than the program offers and must use both of the 2 YSS COVID-19 Courses credits for a single program.

Students who participate in a 3-credit program and use the YSS COVID-19 Courses will be billed $300 for tuition. Students who participate in a 4-credit program and use the YSS COVID-19 Courses will be billed $500 for tuition.

Visit the individual program page for more information on the number of credits earned through the program and associated costs beyond tuition.

FAQ: Do the YSS COVID-19 Courses cover any other costs associated with YSS Programs Abroad?

The YSS COVID-19 Courses only apply to tuition costs for 2 credits and do not cover any additional expenses associated with YSS Programs Abroad, such as airfare, international housing, or program fees.

FAQ: How does the YSS Housing Subsidy apply to YSS Programs Abroad that begin in New Haven?

First-year students (class of 2024) and sophomores (class of 2023), as well as students who were in the equivalent of their second or fourth term in Fall 2020, who are eligible for the YSS COVID-19 Courses and receive financial aid through Yale College are eligible for additional financial support to subsidize on-campus room and board (YSS Housing Subsidy) for YSS Programs Abroad that first start on Yale’s campus in New Haven.

For eligible students, the YSS Housing Subsidy will cover the full cost of room and board on the Yale campus for the length of time that the program is in New Haven (between 2 to 4 weeks depending on the program).

The YSS Housing Subsidy cannot be applied toward the cost of International Housing.

FAQ: What happens to my YSS COVID-19 Courses and, if applicable, YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy if I withdraw from a YSS Program Abroad?

Students enrolled in a YSS Program Abroad and using the YSS COVID-19 Courses benefit must withdraw no later than 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program in order to retain the YSS COVID-19 Courses for a future experience with YSS Programs Abroad or YSS courses taught in New Haven or Online.

Students enrolled in a YSS Program Abroad and using the YSS COVID-19 Courses forfeit both YSS COVID-19 Courses if withdrawing after 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program.

Students who withdraw from a YSS Program Abroad that starts on Yale’s campus in New Haven must also withdraw immediately, if applicable, from on-campus housing.

Students using the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy to cover the cost of on-campus housing who withdraw no later than 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program may not transfer the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy to a future program or session with YSS courses taught in New Haven or Online unless they reimburse YSS for the per diem cost of the number of days they occupied on-campus housing.

Students using the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy to cover the cost of on-campus housing who withdraw after 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program forfeit the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy.

Students who withdraw anytime on or after the program start date will be responsible for the Administrative Fee, Program Deposit, Program Fee, and International Housing costs.

FAQ: Can the YSS COVID-19 Courses be applied to Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs?

No, the YSS COVID-19 Courses is available exclusively to courses charged Yale tuition. Along with YSS Programs Abroad, YSS courses taught in New Haven or Online are eligible for the YSS COVID-19 Courses.

Fall 2021

FAQ: First-Semester Senior Exception

As a special one-time exception, students who hold a status of first-semester senior during fall 2021 or spring 2022 will be eligible to study abroad for one semester as long as it is not the final semester of enrollment. Please note that second-semester seniors are not permitted to study abroad in their final term.

Students with a status of second-semester sophomore, first-semester junior, or second-semester junior remain eligible for study abroad as usual.

More information about fall semester study abroad possibilities will be available by the start of the spring 2021 term.

Resources

Yale University

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

International SOS (ISOS), Yale’s Travel Assistance Provider

U.S. Department of State

The World Health Organization (WHO)