Health Advisories

impact of coronavirus on study abroad programs

Due to the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and following the guidelines of a UNC System Directive, UNC Charlotte has canceled all spring, summer and fall study abroad programs. The Office of Education Abroad will work with students and faculty to minimize the impact of these cancellations on students’ programs of study.

We are monitoring the impact of the virus through regular contact with partner organizations and institutions abroad. As the situation related to the Coronavirus changes rapidly, please refer to the UNC Charlotte Coronavirus FAQ page for more information about the virus, precautions you can take, and the most up-to-date information from the University.

If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact the University’s Student Health Center at 704-687-7400.


Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2020 Students

Why are Fall 2020 study abroad programs canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak?

  • Due to the continuing uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and following guidance issued by the UNC System, UNC Charlotte has made the very difficult decision to cancel all fall study abroad programs. The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) will work with students and faculty over the coming days to minimize the impact of these cancellations on students’ programs of study. 

How is UNC Charlotte monitoring the global health crisis?

  • The health, safety, and well-being of the campus community is UNC Charlotte’s number one priority. Please refer to UNC Charlotte’s website here with more information

How does UNC Charlotte make decisions about study abroad programs?

  • A team of University officials continually monitors the global impact of COVID-19. To assess risks related to study abroad travel, the University uses a number of resources, including U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notices, U.S. Department of State Advisories, and information provided by the World Health Organization.

Since UNC Charlotte Fall 2020 programs have been canceled, can a student still attend a program if the provider or host university hasn’t canceled their program?

  • No, the University will not approve any study abroad program regardless of their operating status for Fall 2020. 

What are the financial implications of committing to a program if it is then canceled?

  • Students will receive a full refund for any fees paid to the OEA. The refund process will be initiated after May 29th. Students should contact the host university or affiliate provider for options on fees paid to that entity.

What happens to my scholarship or financial aid funding if my study abroad program is canceled?

  • Students who received a scholarship from the OEA may defer their scholarship to the spring 2021  term. No awards will be disbursed for fall 2020. Students not deferring to spring 2021 are welcome to reapply for an award for a later semester. The scholarships will be available through the Niner Scholars Portal when it opens in October. For other scholarships specific to study abroad but not administered by the OEA, students will need to contact the administrators of that scholarship directly regarding the status of their scholarship. Additionally, as long as the student remains enrolled at UNC Charlotte, their financial aid will remain intact. Financial aid adjustments for students studying abroad had not been made at the time of the fall cancellation announcement

Can I move my OEA program application to a new term?

  • Yes! The OEA wants you to have an international experience during your time as a 49er. We are happy to assist you with planning a future semester abroad. Refer to our homepage for ways you can schedule a virtual advising appointment with an advisor.

Will my fall study abroad program acceptance automatically transfer if I defer to Spring 2021?

  • The OEA will transfer as many application components to a future application as possible, although some components may need to be resubmitted for University approval. All fees paid to the OEA can be applied to a Spring 2021 application.  However, official acceptance will be at the discretion of the host institution.


Spring & Summer 2020 Students

Why are study abroad programs canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak?

  • In light of increased global travel restrictions and a directive from the UNC System, all UNC System institutions recalled all students who were studying abroad for the Spring term and cancelled all summer study abroad programs.

How do I get a refund due to cancellation of my study abroad program?

  • For Spring students, the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) will determine which program costs, if any, are refundable and will communicate that information to the student. This will be done on a program by program and/or case by case basis. There may be certain costs that are not refundable. Students on affiliate provider programs and direct enrollment should immediately begin conversations with their providers to determine if refunds are possible. 
  • For Summer students, the OEA will refund any fees directly paid to our office. Students on affiliate provider programs and direct enrollment should immediately begin conversations with their providers to determine if refunds are possible. 

How can I make up lost academic credit due to cancellation of my study abroad program?

  • OEA is working with colleges and departments across campus to identify solutions for earning credit missed in the spring semester due to program cancellation. OEA will reach out to students as these strategies are identified.

How will my Financial Aid be affected due to cancellation of my study abroad program?

  • OEA is consulting with the Office of Financial Aid. Students whose study abroad has been impacted by COVID-19 should contact the OEA and Niner Central to determine if any changes will need to be made to their financial aid package.