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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

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 July 1, 2020 (2:00 p.m.)


Fall or Full Year Study Abroad Cancelled for Previously (Conditionally) Approved Students (Fall 2020 or AY 2020-2021)

FAQ: Fall 2020 Cancellation

Now that Yale has announced plans for Fall 2020, we are writing with an update on study abroad. We understand that the uncertainty surrounding your conditional approval to study abroad in the fall has been challenging. With much regret, we are writing to inform you that university sponsorship of study abroad is suspended for the fall. This means that you will not be able to study abroad, including remote study abroad, for Yale credit or financial aid during the fall term.

In recognition that this is likely not the only disappointing news you may have received amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to underscore that this difficult decision was not made lightly. Please be assured that our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our students and the host communities in which we all engage.

The following factors contributed to the decision-making process: 

This decision is final for the fall term and will not change even if circumstances should change in your host country.

Alternate Options for the Fall

In consultation with your Residential College Dean, you will complete the Notification of Cancellation form which was emailed to you in the cancellation email to indicate which of the following options you prefer.

  • Enroll in Yale courses for the fall term. You will be able to register for classes in the same modality as other Yale students.
  • Take a leave of absence. If you would prefer not to enroll in Yale courses, and if you are in academic good standing and have not reached the limit on leaves of absence, you may request a leave of absence until the deadline established for fall 2020. Please note that taking a leave of absence will delay your graduation.

We are aware that some study abroad programs may continue to operate in the fall. If you choose to attend the program while on a leave of absence, please be aware that you will not be able to use any Yale funding, transfer credit, nor have access to Yale support services. You will, however, still have access to International SOS travel assistance services, but these services will not include out-of-country medical coverage.

Looking Ahead to Spring 2021

We cannot guarantee that spring study abroad will be possible, but we are hopeful.

  • If you intended only to spend the fall term abroad, then you have the option to move your fall credit application to the spring. This option is not binding, and you may choose later to withdraw your application for the spring. You will need to request that your Dean and DUS complete new forms certifying your change of plans, and your application will remain pending until more information is available during the review process (after October 15).
  • If you intended to spend a full academic year abroad, your conditional approval will be maintained for the spring. More information will be available after October 15.

We understand that spring study abroad may not be possible or desirable for all students, and you may choose instead to have your study abroad credit application withdrawn entirely.

Your Next Steps

  1. Complete the Notification of Cancellation form you received in the cancellation email and submit it to your Residential College Dean.
  2. Determine if you would like to have your study abroad credit application withdrawn or moved to the spring term. Confirm your decision by email to by July 31.
  3. Notify your program of Yale's cancellation.


Yale University

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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

The World Health Organization (WHO)

 Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)