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Study Abroad COVID 19 FAQs

For information on SCU’s response to COVID-19, see the main University webpage.

Application Options  

Can I switch my program to an alternative program that has a later start date in Fall 2020?

No. All programs have been cancelled for Fall 2020.

Can I defer my participation to Winter/Spring 2021?

We encourage you to consider deferring your participation application to Winter/Spring 2021, if the program allows. Students should discuss their course plan, including studying abroad in a future term, with their academic advisor.  We have made the process for deferring to spring simple - please complete this Winter/Spring 2021 Deferment form by August 1, 2020. 

Be aware that most study abroad programs are 15 week semesters, meaning students who participate in spring programs often are abroad during SCU’s Winter and Spring quarters. Prior to deferring your participation, review the program dates carefully using the Program Database to confirm the dates will align with your schedule. 

Can I defer my participation to Fall 2021?

No, but the Study Abroad Office is eager to work with students  to identify an SCU global experience in the future. Programs and curricula change each year; while students may not defer from one academic year to the next they are welcome to reapply. If you are interested in studying abroad in Fall 2021-22, please plan to reapply in Fall 2020-21 when the 2021-22 application goes live. Students affected by COVID-19 for Fall 2020 will be given special consideration during the application review process.

Will I be given any priority if I reapply to Fall 2021?

Students affected by COVID-19 cancellations for  Fall 2020 are strongly encouraged to defer their application to Winter/Spring 2021, if possible. For students who cannot defer to Winter/Spring of 2020-21, can reapply for 2021-22 and our office is happy to help students on this option. Students whose programs were cancelled due to COVID-19 will be given priority consideration during the application review process.  The Study Abroad Review Committee will factor a student's COVID-19 cancellation in addition with the other standard application criteria. 

While students will be given priority consideration, specific programs and the curriculum abroad may look different in 2021-22, therefore, it is not possible to “guarantee” admission.  We are staying abreast of changes to programs and will know more about curricula, requirements, and which programs will be available in Fall 2020 as the pandemic evolves. While we can offer priority consideration, rather than “guaranteed admission” we encourage students to begin reaching out to our office to discuss application planning for 2021-22.

Are universities and programs abroad canceled?

The COVID-19 situation is highly fluid and while some universities and provider programs abroad have been canceled, others may still be continuing. SCU’s decision to cancel study abroad for Fall 2020 means that University’s affiliation with the program abroad is suspended and SCU cannot support students on suspended programs, even if the provider or university abroad is continuing.   

Can I still continue on my study abroad program as an independent student?

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are strongly discouraged from studying abroad independently. We anticipate many programs will make the decision to cancel in-person study abroad programs and the timing of decisions may make it challenging for students to return to campus. Border closures and country-specific quarantine requirements are expected to continue for some time and may change without notice. If you choose to pursue study abroad independent of SCU please be aware that:

If a program requires a home school authorization form, please be aware that SCU Study Abroad, along with other SCU staff and faculty, cannot complete this form as student's participation in an independent program is independent of Santa Clara University. Students will need to communicate directly with their program to see if they are able to complete this requirement without Santa Clara University's authorization.

What are the data that the University considered in making this decision?

Why did the University decide to cancel programs at this time?

The University has been working diligently to create a multi-faceted plan for fall that includes social distancing, sanitation, testing, contact tracing and isolation protocols on campus however, it has become increasingly clear that we cannot provide this critical level of precautionary care at each of our many study abroad locations.The University cancelled programs starting on or after August 31 on April 27. Since that time, travel bans, border closures, quarantine restrictions, and visa suspensions have continued with no indication that they will be lifted in time for students to successfully and safely participate in programs abroad. To mitigate risk for students and families, the University has decided to cancel all remaining fall programs at this time.  

Fall 2020 Enrollment at SCU

Can I enroll in Fall 2020 at Santa Clara University?

If you did not engage in the Mandatory May Advising process or register for Fall, you should make plans to do so during your available registration appointment.  SCU Study Abroad will inform the Registrar’s Office, Bursar’s Office, and Financial Aid Office that your program is canceled and that you will be eligible to enroll for Fall 2020 at SCU. Your registration, Fall tuition, and financial aid will be updated accordingly. 

What if I need on-campus housing for Fall 2020?

Students who need to secure fall housing on campus should contact SCU Housing as soon as possible to discuss their options. Their email is housing@scu.edu.

Fall 2020 Study Abroad Cancellation Fees

Since SCU has cancelled my program, what costs will be waived by SCU?

SCU will waive the following costs:

  • Program deposits 
  • SCU Study Abroad Withdrawal Fee
  • SCU Study Abroad Program Fee

Students are responsible for:

  • Flight changes
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Immunization costs
  • Application fees

 

My provider or university abroad has not canceled. Can I still continue on my study abroad program as an independent student?

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are strongly discouraged from studying abroad independently. We anticipate many programs will make the decision to cancel in-person study abroad programs and the timing of decisions may make it challenging for students to return to campus. Border closures and country-specific quarantine requirements are expected to continue for some time and may change without notice. If you choose to pursue study abroad independent of SCU please be aware that:

If a program requires a home school authorization form, please be aware that SCU Study Abroad, along with other SCU staff and faculty, cannot complete this form as student's participation in an independent program is independent of Santa Clara University. Students will need to communicate directly with their program to see if they are able to complete this requirement without Santa Clara University's authorization.

If I participate independently on my program that was previously approved by SCU, can I still receive SCU credit and grades?

SCU’s decision to cancel study abroad for Fall 2020 means that University’s affiliation with the program abroad is suspended and SCU cannot support students on programs with suspended affiliations, even if the program was previously approved and the provider or university abroad is continuing. SCU cannot provide academic, financial, or health and safety support or resources to students for activities undertaken while withdrawn from the University, including study abroad.