This page solely addresses questions related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and study abroad. For information unrelated to study abroad, please see UVM’s website on COVID-19.  If you have questions related to international students and visiting scholars, please contact our students and scholar services teams as appropriate.

 

 

Below FAQs updated: 3:15PM EDT September 30, 2020

I APPLIED TO STUDY ABROAD IN SPRING 2021

  • Why did UVM decide to cancel Spring 2021 study abroad?
    • While some locations around the world have lower COVID-19 health risks, there are still significant challenges related to the pandemic that make travel exceedingly difficult and more unpredictable.
      • U.S. citizens or permanent residents are being denied entry to most countries.
      • The U.S. Department of State country travel advisories remain at a Level 4 (Do Not Travel) or a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) for nearly all countries to which UVM students travel for study abroad.
        • The Department of State warns that travelers may continue to experience border closures, airport closures/lack of flights, travel prohibitions, stay-at-home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions.
        • The Department of State may not be able to provide normal US citizen services in many locations.
        • International SOS, UVM's emergency services provider, also warns that travelers may have these and other issues due to the pandemic.
      • The course of the pandemic remains unpredictable, with some countries experiencing secondary waves of infection.
  • My external program has not yet canceled Spring 2021, can I still go?
    • Not with UVM approval. UVM is not approving Spring 2021 study abroad because the global conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic remain problematic.
    • If you choose to go abroad, you will be doing so as an independent, non-UVM student and would need to take a Leave of Absence from UVM, which can have repercussions for your financial aid and UVM registration. Contact your School/College Student Services Office for details about this process.
  • I paid deposits to my external program to study abroad in Spring 2021, how can I get that money back?
    • Contact your program provider. They all have refund policies and many of them have become more lenient since the pandemic has introduced a lot of uncertainty to study abroad programs. They will be able to talk with you about what you have paid and how to get it back.
  • Now that Spring 2021 study abroad is canceled, what should I do?
    • Work with your academic advisor to solidify your Plan B:
      • What classes will you plan to take in Spring 2021 from UVM?
      • Can you fit study abroad into a different term in the future?
        • UVM study abroad advisors are happy to assist you in switching to a different term.
  • I don't have housing yet in Burlington for Spring 2021 but I will need it, what should I do?
    • Students who have not completed their on-campus residency requirement are required to live on campus in the residence halls if their program is canceled. In general, the on-campus residency requirement is 4 semesters for students who enter UVM as first-year students and 2 semesters for students who transfer to UVM before the age of 20.
    • Students who have completed their on-campus residency requirement are not required to live on campus, but they may request it. If space permits, Residential Life will offer them a housing & meal plan contact and give them a room assignment.
    • If Residential Life is not able to offer students housing or they prefer to live off campus, students are encouraged to pursue options listed under Off-Campus Living, including Affiliate Housing and the UVM Off-Campus Housing Service.
  • I want to defer my study abroad plans to another term. How do I do that?
    • OIE can help! Just contact us via studyabroad@uvm.edu or set up an appointment with your study abroad advisor to talk it through. 
    • You will also want to let your academic advisor know so you can plan Spring 2021 courses at UVM and determine what you should take while you are abroad in a future term.
  • Will I still have to pay the $500 study abroad fee?
    • No. If you were planning to study abroad Spring 2021, will not have to pay the $500 study abroad fee for Spring 2021.
  • How can I meet with OIE staff while not on campus?
    • We can meet with you over the phone or in a virtual meeting through Microsoft Teams where we can share our computer screen with you and talk you through program options, application processes, and any other study abroad-related questions.
    • Please note, you should thoroughly read the Getting Started page of our website and have a destination country in mind before meeting with a study abroad advisor. 
    • Students can set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor through the Navigate app. Please see this Word document for directions. This method is helpful for students who decide they would like to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor but it is outside business hours. This is the quickest way to set up an appointment.
    • You can email studyabroad@uvm.edu with your schedule, your destination country/program, and the term you'd like to study abroad in, and we will connect you with the right advisor.
    • You can still schedule appointments with study abroad advisors by calling 802-664-0053. You will reach a live OIE staff member by using this number.

I WANT TO STUDY ABROAD IN SUMMER OR FALL 2021

  • Will I be able to study abroad in Summer or Fall 2021?
    • A final decision on whether Summer or Fall 2021 study abroad will be approved by UVM will be made in the Spring 2021 semester. We encourage students to continue with your study abroad application and GoAbroad process in the meantime, until a decision has been made. We also encourage students to take these precautions:
      • avoid making non-refundable deposits or purchasing airfares until UVM has made a decision
        • If you anticipate needing to make non-refundable deposits prior to this decision, please email studyabroad@uvm.edu to advise us of your situation.
      • work with your academic advisor to develop a Plan B- for example, if you have to stay in Burlington for Fall 2021, what classes will you plan to take? Would study abroad fit into a different term if you had to postpone it?
      • avoid giving up your Summer/Fall 2021 housing in Burlington (if applicable)
        • Students who have not completed their on-campus residency requirement are required to live on campus in the residence halls if their program is canceled. In general, the on-campus residency requirement is 4 semesters for students who enter UVM as first-year students and 2 semesters for students who transfer to UVM before the age of 20.
        • Students who have completed their on-campus residency requirement are not required to live on campus, but they may request it. If space permits, Residential Life will offer them a housing & meal plan contact and give them a room assignment.
        • If Residential Life is not able to offer students housing or they prefer to live off campus, students are encouraged to pursue options listed under Off-Campus Living, including Affiliate Housing and the UVM Off-Campus Housing Service.
  • I want to withdraw from Summer or Fall 2021 study abroad and defer to another term. How do I do that?
    • OIE can help! Just contact us via studyabroad@uvm.edu or set up an appointment with your study abroad advisor to talk it through. 
    • You will also want to let your academic advisor know so you can plan Summer or Fall 2021 courses at UVM and determine what you should take while you are abroad in a future term.
  • If UVM cancels Summer or Fall 2021 study abroad, will I still have to pay the study abroad fee ($250 for summer, $500 for fall)?
    • If UVM cancels summer or fall 2021 study abroad and you were planning to study abroad during that term, you will not have to pay the study abroad fee.
  • How can I meet with OIE staff while not on campus?
    • We can meet with you over the phone or in a virtual meeting through Microsoft Teams where we can share our computer screen with you and talk you through program options, application processes, and any other study abroad-related questions.
    • Please note, you should thoroughly read the Getting Started page of our website and have a destination country in mind before meeting with a study abroad advisor. 
    • Students can set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor through the Navigate app. Please see this PDF document for directions. This method is helpful for students who decide they would like to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor but it is outside business hours. This is the quickest way to set up an appointment.
    • You can email studyabroad@uvm.edu with your schedule, your destination country/program, and the term you'd like to study abroad in, and we will connect you with the right advisor.
    • You can still schedule appointments with study abroad advisors by calling 802-664-0053. You will reach a live OIE staff member by using this number.

I WANT TO STUDY ABROAD IN SPRING 2022 OR BEYOND

  • I’m thinking about studying abroad sometime in the future but am worried about the news. Should I still be starting the process?
    • Yes! We encourage you to continue planning your study abroad experience. Students should think about multiple location options and multiple different terms for maximum flexibility.
  • How can I meet with OIE staff while not on campus?
    • We can meet with you over the phone or in a virtual meeting through Microsoft Teams where we can share our computer screen with you and talk you through program options, application processes, and any other study abroad-related questions.
    • Please note, you should thoroughly read the Getting Started page of our website and have a destination country in mind before meeting with a study abroad advisor. 
    • Students can set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor through the Navigate app. Please see this Word document for directions. This method is helpful for students who decide they would like to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor but it is outside business hours. This is the quickest way to set up an appointment.
    • You can email studyabroad@uvm.edu with your schedule, your destination country/program, and the term you'd like to study abroad in, and we will connect you with the right advisor.
    • You can still schedule appointments with study abroad advisors by calling 802-664-0053. You will reach a live OIE staff member by using this number.

GENERAL

  • How do I keep myself and others safe?
  • How does UVM make decisions about its study abroad programs? 
    • UVM follows the travel recommendations set by the CDC and the Department of State. We also monitor information made available by the World Health Organization, International SOS (UVM’s medical/security information and emergency services provider), and other countries’ ministries of foreign affairs. We also benchmark with other U.S. institutions, through national professional associations, and we are an active member of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council Academic Working Group. In addition to consulting these resources, we also rely on our partners abroad to apprise us, our students, and their families of circumstances which will jeopardize student health and safety.
  • What changes has UVM made to its study abroad programs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak?  
  • Why hasn’t UVM sent more communications to my student?
    • Generally speaking, our students have been getting frequent communications from their program providers and/or their host universities. It is important to UVM that students follow guidance from the people closest to the situation.  We have therefore been judicial in the frequency of UVM communications, relaying only new and critical information. 
  • I’m traveling internationally for personal reasons. Should I cancel my plans?
    • This is a personal decision. UVM does not recommend travel and advises people to follow CDC guidelines. Should you choose to travel, you may face delays at airports for screening, and other unknowns which could include travel restrictions, exposure to COVID-19, or quarantine measures. These could have financial and academic implications. Presently there may be no indication that such travel restrictions or quarantine measures are planned for your destination, but is impossible to predict how different national, regional or local governments may choose to respond – sometimes without notice -- as the situation shifts. Please consult your state or local health department for instructions on what to do if you return from an affected area.
  • What if I have booked my flight for international travel and my program is canceled?
    • Consult your airline directly regarding refunds or rebooking.
  • Can the US State Department help me?
    • A nearby embassy or consulate in your host country may be able to provide you with limited assistance and advice, depending on the situation. Any US citizen or permanent resident abroad should make sure they are registered with STEP to receive updates and information from the appropriate embassy/consulate. Generally in the COVID-19 outbreak, the State Department has not been evacuating US citizens and students returning to the US will need to purchase their own travel. When an official State Department evacuation occurs, those evacuated need to pay the costs of their own evacuation. See the State Department's website describing what they can and can't do in a crisis, and also the State Department's country-specific information for the COVID-19 pandemic for more information. 
  • How can I meet with OIE staff while not on campus?
    • We can meet with you over the phone or in a virtual meeting through Microsoft Teams where we can share our computer screen with you and talk you through program options, application processes, and any other study abroad-related questions.
    • Please note, you should thoroughly read the Getting Started page of our website and have a destination country in mind before meeting with a study abroad advisor. 
    • Students can set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor through the Navigate app. Please see this Word document for directions. This method is helpful for students who decide they would like to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor but it is outside business hours. This is the quickest way to set up an appointment.
    • You can email studyabroad@uvm.edu with your schedule, your destination country/program, and the term you'd like to study abroad in, and we will connect you with the right advisor.
    • You can still schedule appointments with study abroad advisors by calling 802-664-0053. You will reach a live OIE staff member by using this number.