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 coronavirus.uiowa.edu.

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

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, the University of Iowa has determined there will be no study abroad or university-sponsored student travel departures outside the U.S. through August 1, 2021. The University of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents are carefully monitoring travel conditions and will decide when international travel is possible again for students.

Please see additional information here.

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, student international travel is not permitted through August 1, 2021. While it is unclear exactly when international travel will be possible again for students, UI Study Abroad is accepting applications for a limited number of programs. Students can apply for these travel programs with no financial commitment at the time of application.

The University of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents are carefully monitoring travel conditions and will decide when international travel is possible for students again. If you apply for study abroad program and the travel ban is not lifted in time for your travel abroad, a Study Abroad advisor will reach out to help you defer your plans to a future session or withdraw without financial penalty. 

The most current university travel guidance can be found here:  https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/returning-work/travel 

Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, the Board of Regents has determined there will be no study abroad or university-sponsored student travel outside the U.S. through the end of the 2021 spring semester.

Yes, the Study Abroad office is open. 

  1. To ask questions or attend a Discover Study Abroad session please email study-abroad@uiowa.edu.
  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 teresa-kout@uiowa.edu if you have questions or would like additional information. Students with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/news/2020/03/ui-board-regents-recalls-all-faculty-staff-and-students-abroad for details.

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

The CDC has guidance on their site for returning travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.

You can read the University of Iowa's latest travel guidance: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/returning-work/travel 

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 
student-health@uiowa.edu
website https://studenthealth.uiowa.edu/

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 dos-assistance@uiowa.edu regarding any questions or to find out more about the application process.