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Study Abroad Coronavirus FAQ

How has the COVID-19 outbreak affected study abroad for W&M students?

Based on CDC and State Department warning levels and in adherence with W&M university policy, in March 2020, all university-sponsored undergraduate student travel was prohibited for spring 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, CDC and State Department warnings, and significant international travel restrictions, W&M has also cancelled all summer 2020 and fall 2020/full year 2020-21 study abroad programs (W&M and non-W&M programs). For Fall 2020, students may petition to the International Travel Review Committee (ITRC) for an exception

At this time, W&M is planning for winter, spring, and summer 2021 study abroad and continues to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.  

Given the nature of the program, students at St Andrews for 2020-21 as part of the W&M-St Andrews Joint Degree Program are no affected.

If I was abroad on a study abroad program in spring 2020, had to leave the program early due to the suspension, and am completing my courses online, am I eligible to receive COLL300?

Yes, all spring 2020 study abroad students who had begun their study abroad program and complete courses for the semester will have met the COLL 300 requirement.

For spring 2020 study abroad students who needed to return home quickly, are there any funds available to help with unexpected additional travel costs due to COVID-19?

W&M has announced that CARES eligible spring 2020 study abroad students may submit requests for additional travel expenses. More information, including eligibility information for CARES emergency funds, can be found through the Financial Aid Office. 

If W&M were to suspend a study abroad program, mid-semester, what would happen?

In such a scenario, W&M works closely with the study abroad provider programs and our academic partners to identify ways to help mitigate the impact on students, including their academic work. Because our students study abroad on many different programs, exact scenarios may vary, depending on the study abroad program provider and host university. 

What if I have booked my flight and my program is cancelled? 

We encourage you to purchase refundable tickets or travel insurance for your flight (cancellation for any reason). 

Whom can I contact for more information?
Due to the high volume of emails, and in order to make sure we refer the inquiry to the appropriate staff member, we ask that all questions go to [[wmabroad,Global Education Office]]