The University of Iowa

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions, Study Abroad


This web page will be updated regularly with answers to frequently asked questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, particularly as they relate to study abroad.

For additional information about campus coronavirus updates, go to

Yes, the Study Abroad office is open. 

  1. To ask questions or attend a Discover Study Abroad session please email
  2. To have a "live chat" with a study abroad advisor or to ask a question, login to the Zoom app with your HawkID and password, click “chat,” and search for “Hawkeye Study Abroad Resource Room” to start a chat with us. 
  3. To make an appointment with a study abroad advisor, you can call the office at 319-335-0353 to set it up. 

While virtual internships are being offered this fall, future sessions are currently being evaluated by International Programs.

Virtual international courses and internships are new programs for the Study Abroad office. Whether or not scholarships can be used and applied towards virtual programs is still under consideration. Please keep an eye on our website for updates about scholarships. 

This is a fluid situation and International Programs is continuously assessing travel feasibility. Health and travel risks are very likely to fluctuate as the pandemic evolves in the coming months. Based on a risk assessment and guided by UI International Travel Policy for Students, UI International Programs does not plan to enroll students in international travel for UI purposes through at least November 15, 2020. Each month the risks associated with international travel are reassessed.  Hopefully in the not-too-distant future, when we see consistent health risk reductions and stabilization of travel infrastructure worldwide, travel restrictions will be lifted.

Each program has its own cancellation policy and students should research this and discuss it with their Study Abroad advisor. Your Study Abroad advisor will help you identify the date by which you need to withdraw from a program to avoid financial obligations. Due to the uncertainties presented by the novel coronavirus pandemic, most program providers strive to give plenty of flexibility for students. Should the University of Iowa cancel a program, students are refunded their application fee should they decide not to defer to a later session. You should not purchase airline tickets or pay for visa processing until your Study Abroad advisor gives you guidance to do so.

On March 14, 2020, the University of Iowa and the Board of Regents recalled all students, faculty, and staff abroad. Visit for details.

On March 14, 2020, the University of Iowa and the Board of Regents recalled all students, faculty, and staff abroad. Visit for details.

Because the U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel, International Programs is canceling all 2020 summer study abroad programming.

Information on the UI's Travel Policy for students can be found here.

The CDC has guidance on their site for returning travelers:

Stay at home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature greater than 100.4 F or 38 C). Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Always, you can call the UI Student Health Nurseline for further guidance:  319-335-9704.

Thanks for taking these important public health precautions and let University of Iowa Student Health  know if you have any questions or concerns.

University of Iowa Student Health

Yes, please visit this web page for information about the Student Emergency Fund. The application for funding can be found here. Please contact a staff member in Student Care & Assistance at 319-335-1162 or regarding any questions or to find out more about the application process.