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, fall 2020, and spring 2021 study abroad and faculty-led programs for summer 2021. The Office of Education Abroad has worked 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.

For more information about the precautions UNC Charlotte is taking this Fall, learn more on Niner Nation Cares website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer 2021 Students

Why are Summer 2021 faculty-led study abroad programs canceled?
  • Faculty-led programs for summer 2021 have been cancelled due to complicating factors the COVID-19 pandemic presents for short-term programming (such as mandatory quarantine periods required after arrival).

Is all Summer study abroad programming cancelled?

  • The OEA continues to review the current and projected effects of the pandemic around the globe as we make decisions for summer programming.  We will update the campus community once decisions have been made regarding the rest of Summer 2021 programming. 

Spring 2021 Students

Why are Spring 2021 study abroad programs canceled?

  • Spring Break programs for Spring 2021 have been cancelled due to complicating factors the COVID-19 pandemic presents for short-term programming (such as required quarantines lasting longer than a program).
  • Due to the recent global surge in the virus, the presence of the more contagious variant of the virus, and increasing border closures in multiple countries, all Spring 2021 programs in locations with a Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 3 or higher or a Center for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 Travel Health Notice of Level 3 or higher have been cancelled.

How can Spring 2021 study abroad applicants prepare academically in the event that their study abroad program is canceled?

  • As students prepare for the upcoming term abroad the OEA encourages them, regardless of program type, to enroll in UNC Charlotte Spring courses in their degree plan. We recommend discussing an academic plan for the spring semester with their academic advisor as soon as possible so that they are prepared in the event that we do need to alter spring programming. These courses can be dropped later in the fall semester and the OEA will notify students when to drop them so that we may enroll students in the appropriate study abroad course. However, should the COVID-19 crisis continue and spring study abroad programming must be modified or canceled, students will have assurance of spring enrollment in their courses on campus and will continue to make progress toward their degree.

What other recommendations does the OEA have for Spring 2021 study abroad students regarding study abroad expenses?

  • At the moment, the OEA does not recommend or advise that students make any non-refundable deposits (i.e. airline tickets, housing accommodations, etc) for their program. UNC Charlotte will be unable to reimburse students for those costs. However, in the event Spring 2021 study abroad programs are canceled prior to departure, we will refund any fees paid to the OEA.

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.

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