Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Study Abroad Students

Regular NC State updates about COVID-19 are being posted at go.ncsu.edu/coronavirus. Students are advised to stay informed and expected to follow all university restrictions and encouraged to follow all recommendations.

As of May 20, 2020, per UNC System guidance, all university-related domestic and international travel remains restricted until further notice due to COVID-19, and all study abroad activity has been suspended for fall 2020.

As of April 28, 2020, NC State has offered additional options of an admin fee refund for withdrawn application or a priority nomination for deferred application for all fall 2020/academic year 2020-21 applications.

As of March 19, 2020, and until further notice, the U.S. State Department has issued a Global Health Level 4 Travel Advisory – Do not TravelNC State emphasizes the importance for all students to follow the recommendations of DOS and arrange for an immediate return to the United States or your country of permanent residence. Students who, against the recommendation of the US Dept. of State and NC State University, have chosen to stay abroad, must read, sign, and return via email (study_abroad@ncsu.edu) the COVID-19 Student Release and Acknowledgment.

As of March 17, 2020, NC State has canceled all summer study abroad programs and University-affiliated international activities for students. All admin fees will be refunded.

As of March 16, 2020, NC State has suspended all study abroad programs and University-affiliated international activities for students. Students will not be able to remain abroad and should return to the U.S. or their country of permanent residence, as our first priority is the health and wellbeing of our students. We have communicated this information to all students studying abroad and those participating in University-affiliated international activities.

Students Planning to Study Abroad

Summer 2020 Applicants

All Summer 2020 Study Abroad Programs have been canceled, including all university-affiliated student travel.

Fall 2020/AY 2020-21 Applicants

Per UNC System guidance, all university-related domestic and international travel remains restricted until further notice due to COVID-19 and all study abroad activity has been suspended for fall 2020. This difficult decision was made by the UNC System for all campuses and was made with your health, safety, and academic progress in mind. The decision impacts all NC State student international education activities for fall ‘20: all study abroad, including non-NC State programs, and university-affiliated student international activities.

Students may:

  1. Defer their application to spring 2021 or fall 2021. If students choose to defer, their nomination will be prioritized by NC State; however, as always, program acceptance is dependent upon the host institution and subject to the enrollment availability. 
  2. Withdraw their application. If students choose to withdraw, their NC State study abroad admin fee will be refunded.

Please note, the refund and deferral options are only being offered to fall 2020/academic year 2020-21 applications due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Study Abroad Withdrawal and Refund Policy applies to all other and future terms (including if you choose to defer your application to a future term).

Monitoring COVID-19

NC State Study Abroad regularly monitors the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) international travel advisories, the World Health Organization (WHO),  and reports from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). Study Abroad also consults with embassies, consulates, and our overseas partner institutions. 

NC State continues to work closely with the Wake County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to monitor the situation in the campus area and support the health and safety of the university and broader community. 

NC State Study Abroad takes the health and safety of every student participating on a study abroad program very seriously and therefore may cancel a program in order to help ensure students’ safety. 

Student Returning to the U.S.

  • As requested and prior to return, all students are asked to complete the COVID-19 Returning Study Abroad Student Details form.
  • To help ensure the ongoing health and safety of the community, NC State expects students to follow the revised CDC guidance instructing travelers to stay home for a period of 14 days from departure of a CDC Level 3 country. Student Health Services is available to answer any questions you have (healthypack@ncsu.edu).