Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Study Abroad Students

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

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 ( 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.

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 (

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. 

Students Planning to Study Abroad

  • The Study Abroad Office is continuing with Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021 program nominations, see Before you Go for more details.
  • All Summer 2020 Study Abroad Programs have been canceled, including all university-affiliated student travel.