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ACADEMIC YEAR 2021 - 2022

At this time application deadlines have passed for Fall and Fall Break 2021. Students were able to apply for Fall 2021 Affiliate, Exchange, and Utah Asia Campus, and select Faculty-Led programs. Given the uncertainty and unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that the University could decide at a later date to suspend all international travel for all students for Fall 2021. For this reason, we recommend that Affiliate or Exchange applicants also enroll in classes on the main campus as a backup plan, or consider the Utah Asia Campus or virtual options.

Student travel to the Utah Asia Campus (UAC) remains unrestricted, and falls outside the scope of current University travel restrictions. The UAC is the only international program location where U of U students are provided direct access to an established network of University-managed health and safety support services. Strong communication links between the two campuses, alongside a portfolio of shared student resources and assistance tools, allow for the University to continue to support student mobility to the UAC.

At this time, the University of Utah expects travel suspensions to be lifted after Summer 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep students and faculty updated. Not all Learning Abroad destinations may be possible. Students are currently able to apply for Spring and Summer 2022 Affiliate, Exchange, and Utah Asia Campus programs. Applications for Faculty-Led programs are planned to open in late Summer or early Fall. Given the uncertainty and unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that the University could decide at a later date to suspend all international travel for all students. For this reason, we recommend that Affiliate or Exchange applicants also enroll in classes on the main campus as a backup plan, or consider the Utah Asia Campus or virtual options.

Student travel to the Utah Asia Campus (UAC) remains unrestricted, and falls outside the scope of current University travel restrictions. The UAC is the only international program location where U of U students are provided direct access to an established network of University-managed health and safety support services. Strong communication links between the two campuses, alongside a portfolio of shared student resources and assistance tools, allow for the University to continue to support student mobility to the UAC.

Yes, if a Program is cancelled by the University of Utah before it departs, you will receive a full refund of all U of U billable Program costs, including the $500 initial payment. Due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, we recommend that you do not purchase flights, apply for a visa, complete your medical visit, receive vaccinations, etc., until it is certain your program will run since Learning Abroad is unable to reimburse these costs. 

Note for Affiliate Programs: Please contact your Affiliate provider to determine what costs may be refundable. Non-billable costs, such as tuition, housing, transportation, are subject to the policies of the parties to which you make the payment and the University of Utah is unable to refund any costs billed by an Affiliate. Contact the parties to which you make payments for information about withdrawal and refund policies due to COVID-19.

Note for Exchange Programs: Please contact your Learning Abroad Coordinator to determine what costs may be refundable if you have made any on-site payments. Non-billable costs such as housing are subject to the policies of the parties to which you make the payment and the University of Utah is unable to refund any costs billed by an on-site entity. Contact the parties to which you make payments for information about withdrawal and refund policies due to COVID-19.

Yes, we strongly encourage you to apply for OGE scholarships!

Spring 2022:OGE Scholarship applications for Spring 2022 will open in mid-August. Recipients will be selected after the November 1 deadline (October 1 for the Financial Need Scholarship). The Office for Global Engagement will hold awarded funds for up to 3 terms for those impacted by Spring or Spring Break 2022 Program cancellations. If you cannot participate in a future program, you will be unable to use the scholarship.

Summer 2022:OGE Scholarship applications for Summer 2022 will open in mid-November. Recipients will be selected after the February 15 deadline. The Office for Global Engagement will hold awarded funds for up to 3 terms for those impacted by Spring or Spring Break 2022 Program cancellations. If you cannot participate in a future program, you will be unable to use the scholarship.

Yes, if your program is canceled you may choose to receive a refund of your initial payment, or defer to a later term and transfer your initial payment to that term. Please work with your Learning Abroad Coordinator to switch your application. Please be aware that you are responsible for any other expenses you may have incurred before deferring (billable costs from an exchange university or affiliate partner, flights, program costs, visa, housing deposits, etc.).

If you no longer feel safe going abroad but your program is not canceled, deferral may be a possibility, depending on program type and timeline. Please refer to our normal withdrawal policy, and contact your Learning Abroad Coordinator to inquire about the possibility of deferring to a later term.

Please email learningabroad@utah.edu or call 801-581-5849 to schedule an appointment. We are offering phone and video advising at this time and are happy to discuss how you can learn abroad in a future term. We also encourage you to review our First Steps page on our website for further advice on how to get started planning to learn abroad.
Last Updated: 7/20/21