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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 do not hesitate to write to 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

This page was last updated on April 20, 2021 (4:30 p.m.)

Note: For summer 2021 and fall 2021, we anticipate, though this is not yet certain, that the universal travel restriction will be lifted, and for sponsored summer activities, Yale College will return to the practices defined in 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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Yale Summer Session (YSS) Programs Abroad

Summer 2021

FAQ: Will YSS Programs Abroad run in Summer 2021?

Unfortunately, Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad will not run in summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, it may be possible to study abroad through a Non-Yale Summer Abroad program if the universal travel restriction is lifted and your intended location is not restricted by the Travel Policy. If you planned to participate in a YSS Program Abroad this summer, we encourage you to view the courses that have been converted to online courses here. To view all YSS courses available in summer 2021, visit the Yale Summer Session website.

YSS COVID-19 Courses & YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy

FAQ: What are the YSS COVID-19 Courses, how do they apply to YSS Programs Abroad, and who is eligible?

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 transferred in from FAMU.

FAQ: Can YSS COVID-19 Courses be used in summer 2021?

Yes, YSS COVID-19 Courses can be applied to YSS New Haven and Online courses during summer 2021, but YSS Programs Abroad will not be running. Visit the Yale Summer Session website for details about available courses this summer and applying YSS COVID-19 Courses and the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy to YSS New Haven and Online.

FAQ: Is admission guaranteed to a YSS Program Abroad 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 are 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.

Non-Yale Summer Abroad Programs 2021

Note: Watch our "Planning for Summer 2021 Study Abroad" Webinar (recorded February 25, 2021). To view the webinar, click SSO after following the link and log in with your Yale NetID. You can also view a pdf version of this presentation to access the links referenced.

FAQ: Will applications open for Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs this year?

Yale Study Abroad will open the Non-Yale Summer Abroad credit application and petition. In order to attend, the universal travel restriction must be lifted, your intended location must be eligible under the Travel Policy, and your courses must be offered at least 50% in-person. See additional details about the application review process and timeline below.

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

  • February 15:  The credit application and petition application for a Non-Yale Summer Abroad will open.
  • April 1: Non-Yale Summer Abroad credit and petition application deadline.
  • April 5: If the universal travel restriction is not lifted, all credit applications will be withdrawn.
  • April 5: If the universal travel restriction is lifted, all applications will undergo an initial review based on the Travel Policy.
  • If travel is permitted for your intended country/ies on April 5, 2021: You will be notified by the end of the day that your application will move onto the next phase of review. By April 30th, all reviews will be completed, and you will receive an official approval or withdrawal message.

FAQ: How should I plan for summer 2021 if I'm interested in studying 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 at least 50% for approval.
  • 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.
  • Do not make non-recoverable payments until you have received further guidance from Yale Study Abroad. Check with your program about their refund policy.

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

The International Study Award (ISA) will be available for eligible students who are approved by Yale Study Abroad. (Please note that you may not use the ISA for online programs.)

FAQ: If I am an international student, can I take summer classes at a program or university in my home country for Yale credit transfer?

On a case-by-case basis, Yale Study Abroad will review applications for students with a home country outside of the U.S. who wish to enroll in in-person courses located in the home country, even if the home country is restricted by the Travel Policy. "Home country" is defined as the country of the home address you have on record with the university (i.e. permanent residence when not at Yale). In the same way that U.S. students may have access to domestic courses, Yale has extended the same limited option to students with a home country outside of the U.S.

FAQ: I submitted a summer study abroad application in 2020. Do I need to submit a new application if I want to study abroad during summer 2021?

You will need to complete a new 2021 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 strongly recommend you identify back-up options for your summer. Examples 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, or institutional endorsement. You should register your travel with Yale so that you can be reached in the event of a major emergency.

Fall 2021 & Academic Year 2021-2022

Note: Watch our "Planning for Fall 2021 or Full Year 2021-2022 Abroad" Webinar (recorded March 12, 2021). To view the webinar, click SSO after following the link and log in with your Yale NetID. You can also view a pdf version of this presentation to access the links referenced.

FAQ: Will applications open for Year or Term Abroad programs this year?

Yale Study Abroad will open the Year or Term Abroad credit application and petition application. In order to attend, the universal travel restriction must be lifted, your  intended location must be eligible under the Travel Policy and your courses must be offered at least 50% in-person. See additional details about the application review process and timeline below.

FAQ: What is the Year or Term Abroad application timeline and approval process?

  • February 15: The Year or Term Abroad credit application & petition application will open.
  • April 15: Year or Term Abroad & petition application deadline.
  • April 16 – Early May: All applications will be reviewed for conditional approval, with the condition that travel is not restricted by the universal travel restriction and Travel Policy on June 1.
  • June 1: If travel is restricted for your intended country/ies on June 1, 2021, you will be notified by the end of the day that the program is not eligible and your application will be withdrawn. This travel restriction decision will be final even if the travel restriction is lifted after June 1 and before the program start date.

FAQ: How should I plan for the fall 2021 term or the academic year 2021-2022 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 at least 50% for approval.
  • 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.
  • Do not make non-recoverable payments until you have received further guidance from Yale Study Abroad. Check with your program about their refund policy.

FAQ: If I am an international student, can I enroll in a fall or full-year course of study at a program or university in my home country?

On a case-by-case basis, Yale Study Abroad will review applications for students with a home country outside of the U.S. who wish to enroll in in-person courses located in the home country, even if the home country is restricted by the Travel Policy. "Home country" is defined as the country of the home address you have on record with the university (i.e. permanent residence when not at Yale). In the same way that U.S. students may have access to domestic courses, Yale has extended the same limited option to students with a home country outside of the U.S.

FAQ: What is the 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 if it is not the final semester of enrollment. Please note that second-semester seniors are not permitted to study abroad in their final term unless attending the Yale in London program. 

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

FAQ: I submitted a Year or Term Abroad application in 2020. Do I need to submit a new application if I want to study abroad during fall 2021 or the full year 2021-22?

You will need to complete a new credit application or petition application for the term(s) you'd like to go abroad and be approved for that term(s).

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 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.

Spring 2022

FAQ: What is the 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 if it is not the final semester of enrollment. Please note that second-semester seniors are not permitted to study abroad in their final term unless attending the Yale in London program.

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

Note: Additional information about Spring 2022 will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back regularly for updates.

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)