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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 Winter or Spring 2021?

No. All programs have been cancelled for Winter and Spring 2021. 

Can I switch my program to a program for Summer 2021?

Students can apply for Summer 2021 by submitting an application by January 4, 2021. Please work with Study Abroad to start an application for 2021-22.  

Can I defer my participation to 2021-22?

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 Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring 2021-22, please reapply by January 4, 2021. Students affected by COVID-19 for 2020-21 will be given priority consideration during the application review process.

Are universities and programs abroad canceled?

The 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 Winter and Spring 2021 means that University’s affiliation with the program abroad is suspended and SCU cannot support students on the program, 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.

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

Pandemic complications such as 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 programs at this time.  

Winter and Spring 2021 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

Studying Abroad Independently

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?

No. SCU’s decision to cancel study abroad for Winter and Spring 2021 means that University’s affiliation with the program abroad is suspended and SCU cannot support students on the program, even if the program was previously approved and the provider or university abroad is continuing. SCU cannot provide academic, financial, health and safety support or resources to students who study abroad independently while withdrawn from the University.

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.  

 

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