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Student health and safety abroad is our top priority, and we aim to partner with you 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 contact us at studyabroad@yale.edu.

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

If you do not have a passport, and are thinking of applying for one, the processing times have increased to 18 weeks. If you do have a passport, make sure it is valid for 6 months after your date of return to the US. Check the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website for more details. The cost for a U.S. passport book is increasing by $20 starting December 27, 2021.

This page was last updated on December 15, 2021 (9:40 a.m.)

Note: Sponsored outbound international travel for Yale College students will be governed by the Yale University Travel Policy for Yale College Students (“Travel Policy”). The Travel Policy evaluates international travel restrictions on a country-specific basis and includes travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State, CDC, and International SOS.

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2022 Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad

FAQ: How can I learn about Yale Summer Session (YSS) Programs Abroad for summer 2022?

Please visit the YSS Programs Abroad in 2022 page for information about these programs, including the 2022 program roster, the application process and timeline, and funding options.

2022 Non-Yale Summer Abroad

FAQ: When will applications open for Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs?

Yale Study Abroad will open the Non-Yale Summer Abroad credit application and petition on February 1, 2022. See additional details about the application timeline and review process below.

Please note that, in addition to applying for Yale approval and credit transfer, you must also apply directly to the program(s) you would like to attend for admission. You can access the programs' applications directly from their websites. Program deadlines may be earlier or later than the Non-Yale Summer Abroad application deadline.

FAQ: What is the application deadline and review process for Non-Yale Summer Abroad?

  • April 1: Non-Yale Summer Abroad credit and petition application deadline.
  • April 5: All applications will undergo an initial review based on the Yale Travel Policy.

If travel is permitted for your intended location(s) on April 5, 2022:

  • You will be notified by the end of the day that your application will move onto the next phase of review.
  • By April 15th, all reviews will be completed, and you will receive an official approval or withdrawal message.

If travel is restricted for your intended location(s) on April 5, 2022:

  • You will be notified by the end of the day about the travel restriction, and we will withdraw your application.
  • This travel restriction decision will be final even if the travel restriction is lifted after April 5 and before the program start date.

FAQ: How should I plan for summer 2022 if I'm interested in study abroad?

  • Check your eligibility.
  • Review the Travel Policy.
  • Refer to your intended destination country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or Embassy website for detailed entry requirements. In some cases, even if the Travel Policy allows for travel to a particular location, the destination country itself may limit entry based on the traveler’s citizenship and where the traveler has been, including transit countries.
  • Review the CDC travel recommendations for your intended country 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 availability to purchase PPE, lockdowns, positivity rate, the treatment facilities, and the capacity to respond to an increased outbreak).
  • Explore 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). Programs must meet in person.
  • Meet with a study abroad adviser if you wish to discuss your plans and receive support for choosing a program that matches your goals and interests.
  • Discuss your plans with your family.
  • Take note of passport processing times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, routine passport processing times have greatly increased. At the time of this web update, routine processing for U.S. passports can take up to 18 weeks. If you currently have a passport, make sure it is valid for 6 months after the date of your return.
  • Do not make non-recoverable payments until you have received further guidance from Yale Study Abroad. Check with your program about their refund policy.
  • Mark all study abroad deadlines on your calendar!

FAQ: What do I need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations for studying abroad?

Yale University’s travel regulations currently state: “The university will allow university-sponsored travel for fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students subject to obtaining approvals required under existing university policies and processes. Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated may not participate in university sponsored travel.”

Some countries have set an expiration date for vaccination after a specific time period (often 9-12 months). For this reason, students who intend to study abroad should receive a vaccine booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Students who ultimately travel abroad should expect to demonstrate proof of vaccination (which may include downloading a government-sponsored app) for admittance into classrooms, businesses, museums, theaters, restaurants, or other buildings in their host country.

Please note that proof of vaccination does not override Yale’s Travel Policy.

FAQ: Will the International Study Award (ISA) be available?

Yes. The International Study Award (ISA) will be available for eligible students who are approved by Yale Study Abroad.

If approved to study abroad, you will have access to the International Study Award request form as one of your required pre-departure forms in your MyCIPE account. This form is due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 1.

FAQ: I submitted a summer study abroad application in 2021. Do I need to submit a new application if I want to study abroad during summer 2022?

You will need to complete a new 2022 credit application or petition application and be approved for this summer.

FAQ: Should I be researching alternative summer options in case study abroad is not possible? If so, where do I start?

Yes. As study abroad is not guaranteed to be approved, we recommend you identify back-up options for your summer. Be sure to check the application deadlines for alternative summer options because they vary and may take place before or after the Yale Study Abroad deadline.

Examples of alternative summer options include:

FAQ: If I am not approved by Yale Study Abroad due to travel restrictions, can I still travel independently?

Yale does not determine restrictions for independent travel, but you are still advised to follow institutional travel guidance. All students are expected to review the Travel Policy and should become familiar with the International SOS Global Travel Assistance services, ISOS COVID-19 resources, and CDC Travel During COVID-19 guidance.

Additionally, it is critical that you make informed travel decisions that prioritize the health and safety not only of yourself but also the communities in which you will engage. To help weigh the risks that your visit may add, even unintentionally, to the challenges that communities might be facing with Covid-19 and potentially other difficulties, be sure to research in-country operations, restrictions, and guidance on social behavior (including, but not limited to, countrywide lockdowns and resource limitations). Such restrictions and guidance may mean curtailing the activities and behaviors that you might have otherwise intended or choosing to defer travel altogether.

If, after considering all of these health and safety factors, you still choose to travel independently, you would be doing so at your own risk, and with no academic credit transfer, funding, institutional endorsement. You should register your travel with Yale so that you can be reached in the event of a major emergency.

Fall 2022 or Academic Year 2022-2023 Abroad

FAQ: When will applications open for Year or Term Abroad programs? 

Yale Study Abroad will open the Year or Term Abroad credit application and petition on February 1, 2022. See additional details about the application timeline and review process below.

Please note that, in addition to applying for Yale approval and credit transfer, you must also apply directly to the program(s) you would like to attend for admission. You can access the programs' applications directly from their websites. Program deadlines may be earlier or later than the Year or Term Abroad application deadline.

FAQ: What is the application deadline and review process for Year or Term Abroad programs?

  • May 1: Year or Term Abroad application deadline.
  • May 2 - May 15: All applications will be reviewed for conditional approval, with the condition that travel is not restricted by the Travel Policy on June 15.

If travel is restricted for your intended country/ies on June 15, 2022:

  • You will be notified by the end of the day that your study abroad program location(s) is not eligible under the Travel Policy and your application will be withdrawn.
  • This travel restriction decision will be final even if the travel restriction is lifted after June 15 and before the program start date.

If travel is permitted for your intended country/ies on June 15, 2022:

  • You will be notified by the end of the day that your study abroad program location(s) is eligible under the Travel Policy.
  • The Travel Policy remains in effect until the date of departure.

FAQ: What is the First-Semester Senior Exception?

As a special exception, students who hold a status of first-semester senior during fall 2022 or spring 2023 will be eligible to study abroad for one semester if it is not the final semester of enrollment. Please note that second-semester seniors are not permitted to study abroad on the Year or Term abroad program 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.

FAQ: How should I plan for a fall 2022 or academic year 2022-2023 if I'm interested in study abroad?

  • Check your eligibility.
  • Review the Travel Policy.
  • Refer to your intended destination country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or Embassy website for detailed entry requirements. In some cases, even if the Travel Policy allows for travel to a particular location, the destination country itself may limit entry based on the traveler’s citizenship and where the traveler has been, including transit countries.
  • Review the CDC travel recommendations for your intended country 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 availability to purchase PPE, lockdowns, positivity rate, the treatment facilities, and the capacity to respond to an increased outbreak).
  • Explore program options. Check directly with your intended institution/program to confirm that they will be accepting applications for study abroad. 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). Programs must meet in person.
  • Meet with a study abroad adviser if you wish to discuss your plans and receive support for choosing a program that matches your goals and interests.
  • Discuss your plans with your family.
  • Take note of passport processing times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, routine passport processing times have greatly increased. At the time of this web update, routine processing for U.S. passports can take up to 18 weeks. If you currently have a passport, make sure it is valid for 6 months after the date of your return.
  • Do not make non-recoverable payments until you have received further guidance from Yale Study Abroad. Check with your program about their refund policy.
  • Mark all study abroad deadlines on your calendar!

FAQ: What do I need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations for studying abroad?

Yale University’s travel regulations currently state: “The university will allow university-sponsored travel for fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students subject to obtaining approvals required under existing university policies and processes. Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated may not participate in university sponsored travel.”

Some countries have set an expiration date for vaccination after a specific time period (often 9-12 months). For this reason, students who intend to study abroad should receive a vaccine booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Students who ultimately travel abroad should expect to demonstrate proof of vaccination (which may include downloading a government-sponsored app) for admittance into classrooms, businesses, museums, theaters, restaurants, or other buildings in their host country.

Please note that proof of vaccination does not override Yale’s Travel Policy.

FAQ: I submitted a previous study abroad application but couldn’t study abroad. Do I need to submit a new application if I want to study abroad in the fall or during the academic year?

Yes. You will need to complete a new credit application or petition for the new term you’d like to study abroad and be approved again.

FAQ: If I am not approved by Yale Study Abroad due to travel restrictions, can I still travel independently?

Yale does not determine restrictions for independent travel, but you are still advised to follow institutional travel guidance. All students are expected to review the Travel Policy and should become familiar with the International SOS Global Travel Assistance services, ISOS COVID-19 resources, and CDC Travel During COVID-19 guidance.

Additionally, it is critical that you make informed travel decisions that prioritize the health and safety not only of yourself but also the communities in which you will engage. To help weigh the risks that your visit may add, even unintentionally, to the challenges that communities might be facing with Covid-19 and potentially other difficulties, be sure to research in-country operations, restrictions, and guidance on social behavior (including, but not limited to, countrywide lockdowns and resource limitations). Such restrictions and guidance may mean curtailing the activities and behaviors that you might have otherwise intended or choosing to defer travel altogether.

If, after considering all of these health and safety factors, you still choose to travel independently, If, after considering all of these health and safety factors, you still choose to travel independently, you would be doing so at your own risk, and without the ability to earn a full semester's worth of credit transfer, receive funding, or have any institutional endorsement. You should also speak with your Residential College Dean about taking a Leave of Absence from Yale. Be sure to register your travel with Yale so that you can be reached in the event of a major emergency.

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)