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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

See our General Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Starting Aug. 15, 2021, the university will return to normal approval processes for student international travel. 

International travel is currently limited. The university will continue to monitor travel risks and modify guidelines as conditions change.

Undergraduate study abroad program enrollments will not be approved for departures through Aug. 1, 2021 to ensure adequate time for pre-departure preparations.

Undergraduate study abroad program enrollments departing after Aug. 1 and before Aug. 15 require a high-risk travel proposal to International Programs for consideration.

If the CDC recommends COVID-19 testing for students arriving from an international destination, testing will be administered by Student Health

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.

Yes, some scholarships can be used and applied towards virtual programs. Please visit this web page for information about eligibility criteria. You may also contact Teresa Kout at if you have questions or would like additional information. Students with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply.

Each program has its own contingency plan and cancellation policy and students should research this information carefully. Ask your Study Abroad advisor for help identifying the date by which you need to withdraw from a program to avoid financial obligations. Due to the uncertainties presented by the coronavirus pandemic, UI Study Abroad encourages selection of a program provider that offers flexibility. In the event a program is no longer able to take place abroad, program providers may arrange for remote course completion. You should not purchase airline tickets or pay for visa processing until your Study Abroad advisor gives you guidance to do so. Should the University of Iowa cancel a program, students may defer enrollment to a future session or receive a refund of their application fee.

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

The CDC has guidance on their site for returning travelers:

You can read the University of Iowa's latest travel guidance: 

You can also 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