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:

If you have any questions, please Connect With Us.

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.

Student Health and Safety Recommendations

  • 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.

Financial Considerations

  • Students are strongly encouraged to obtain Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) Insurance and Trip Interruption Coverage, such as CISI or Gallagher, to help mitigate financial risks.
  • Students are individually responsible for any flight change fees or other individually arranged expenses.
  • If you have to quarantine or self-isolate onsite, participants will 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.

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).