Summer 2021, COVID-19

In accordance with the Study Abroad Restricted Travel Policy, international travel remains restricted due to COVID-19. Study Abroad is accepting student applications at this time to allow for study abroad opportunities should they become possible in the summer. Study Abroad will carefully assess program viability based on established criteria in late spring. Students should also cautiously assess the situation based on their personal comfort level and risk tolerance.

Restricted Travel Policy

In alignment with the Restricted Travel Policy, all of the following conditions must be met in order for programs to proceed:

What this means for you

The Study Abroad Office will maintain the current Go/No Go dates for summer study abroad programs.

If on the Go/No-Go date, your program’s host country is categorized by the CDC as:

Level 3 and 4: If a host-country remains a “Restricted Travel Area” a petition may be submitted to seek an exception. An approved petition would allow for program participation to proceed.

Level 2 or below: Assuming the host-country does not fall within the Restricted Travel Policy for other reasons, the program would be allowed to proceed. No petition would be required.

If a petition is necessary for NC State Partner Programs and NC State Prague programs, one will be prepared and submitted on behalf of the students.

If a petition is necessary for all other programs, students must individually prepare and submit petitions.

ProgramApplication DeadlinePetition Prepared ByPetition DueCurrent StatusFinal Go/No-Go
(45 days from program start date)
France: Summer at Universite Catholique de LilleMarch 15Study AbroadMarch 15Program CancelledTuesday, May 11
France: Summer School in Science and EngineeringMarch 15Study AbroadMarch 15Program CancelledMonday, April 26
Jordan: Summer at Qasid Arabic InstituteMarch 15Study AbroadMarch 15Program CancelledFriday, April 30
South Korea: Summer at Hanyang UniversityMarch 15Study AbroadMarch 15Approvedn/a
NC State PragueMarch 1NC State PragueApril 12Program Cancelledn/a
Affiliate & Non-NC State programs (all other programs)April 1StudentApril 12 (notified April 16)n/a

Summer 2021 Contingency Planning

Consult with your academic advisor regarding your tentative study abroad plans and contingency plans. Please register for NC State courses for the summer (if applicable), continue with other necessary accommodation arrangements, and any other necessary plans for the summer, should study abroad remain suspended.

Financial Commitments & Considerations

Students are encouraged to proceed with caution and delay any financial commitments to their program, including host-institution program fees, airfare, and housing deposits to outside entities until after the listed Notification of Final Decision listed above. Please note that any of these expenses are not refunded by the NC State Study Abroad Office, should programs remain suspended for the fall term.

If students proceed with an on-site deposit or related program purchases, Study Abroad strongly encourages them to consider purchasing Cancel for Any Reason and Trip Interruption insurance, such as CISI Cancel for Any Reason Insurance or Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk coverage to insure their airfare, housing deposits, and other required financial commitments (standard travel insurance is not sufficient as it no longer covers cancellations/interruptions due to COVID-19).

  • Students are individually responsible for any flight change fees or other individually arranged expenses.
  • If you have to quarantine or self-isolate onsite, participants may be individually responsible for any additional expenses, such as housing and meals.
  • NC State Study Abroad can not provide refunds for any monies paid to outside entities.
  • All students are held to the NC State Study Abroad Withdrawal and Refund Policy and Program Cancellation Policy.

Next Steps Webinar/Q&A

The Study Abroad Office hosted a Next Steps Webinar for all accepted Summer 2021 students planning to participate in partner programs in France, Jordan, and South Korea on April 5, 2021. The presentation and recording of the webinar are available below. Students are encouraged to share these resources with their support system.

Webinar Recording (Access Password: 5^4pYNmH)

Webinar Presentation Slides

Accepted students for Summer 20201 affiliate/non-NC State programs will have a Next Steps Webinar on Monday, April 19 at 4 p.m. ET.

Student Health and Safety Recommendations

Summer 2021 Health & Safety Abroad Pre-Departure

A mandatory health and safety pre-departure orientation was held on May 20, 2021 for all approved Summer 2021 program participants (South Korea and Taiwan). Presentation slides, resources, and a recording may be accessed below:

Slides Recording Additional pre-departures

Additional health and safety information

  • The Study Abroad Office adheres to the following health and safety practices, including that all study abroad students are covered by GeoBlue International Health Insurance.
  • Per the Study Abroad Participant Agreement signed at the time of application, students are:
  • Program participants are expected to follow CDC recommendations.
  • To the extent possible, students should self-quarantine for 14-days prior to departure (quarantine housing for study abroad purposes cannot be provided by NC State)
    • If required by the host country, students may be required to complete a COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival
    • After returning from the study abroad experience, students should follow CDC guidance upon return to the U.S.
    • After returning from the study abroad experience, students should follow NC State guidance before engaging in on-campus activities.

Refund Policy

The Study Abroad Office has adopted a COVID-19 Admin Fee Refund Policy to offer students the most flexibility during these uncertain times, due to the global pandemic.

Students who applied to study abroad for Summer 2021 are eligible to withdraw their application prior to program start for any reason due to concerns related to COVID-19 and will receive a full refund on the admin fee.

The NC State Study Abroad Office will not provide refunds of any monies paid to outside institutions, organizations, or entities (e.g., tuition for direct enroll programs, host institution housing, third-party program providers, ISEP). Students should contact the outside institution, organization, or entity with questions regarding refund policies.

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).

International Students Studying in their Home Country (Summer 2021)

International students who return/are home for the summer and wish to take courses for NC State credit are encouraged to first pursue online courses through NC State. For situations in which NC State courses are not possible (e.g., firewall, significant differences in time zones), students who complete the following steps will be permitted to transfer credits from an international university in their home country back to NC State. 

  1. Discuss your plans with OIS 
  2. Discuss your plans with your Academic Advisor
  3. Complete all requirements for the Non-NC State: Unaffiliated Programs (Summer & Short-Term) application prior to program start date

International students who wish to study abroad outside of their home country in summer 2021 on either an NC State program or a Non-NC State program must follow the standard NC State Study Abroad deadlines.

U.S. Re-Entry Requirements

Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers (including U.S. citizens) to the United States must provide either:

  • a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel, or
  • a positive test result and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”
    • A letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that clears you to end isolation, e.g., to return to work or school, can be used to show you are cleared to travel, even if travel isn’t specifically mentioned in the letter.

Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.
Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.
See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQs.