Office of International Programs

Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates

Brown’s highest priority is the health and safety of our students. In terms of study abroad programming and international travel, the University’s International Travel and Risk Assessment Committee (ITRAC) will continue to monitor public health and travel advisory guidance from local public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of State, and International SOS. This page will be updated as new information is available.

The Office of International Programs currently is working remotely. Please reach out to us at [email protected] or contact a member of the OIP staff directly for assistance. For general university information about Brown's continued preparedness, action and response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please visit the University's Healthy Brown Community Response to COVID-19.

This page was last updated on May 24, 2021.

Fall 2021 Study Abroad

Will study abroad proceed in Fall 2021?

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for health and safety and for travel, Brown will continue to monitor the situation before making any determinations about study abroad for Fall 2021. The University Global Travel and Risk Assessment Committee (GTRAC) will assess program locations on an individual basis and make determinations accordingly. 

Vaccination rates, international travel policies, and restrictions on daily activities are rapidly evolving in the U.S. and across the globe. With those factors as well as the impact of COVID-19 varying significantly by location, the University continues to monitor public health conditions closely as it assesses which programs may be able to operate safely during the fall. Our ongoing assessment is guided by information from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International SOS, as well as local public health conditions, vaccination rates, and international travel restrictions. To ensure that planning is based on the most current information available, we expect to provide updated guidance on undergraduate study abroad programs no later than Wednesday, June 30.  

If Brown’s current restriction on all university-sponsored travel is lifted, international travel decisions for specific locations will be determined by the Global Travel Risk Assessment Committee (GTRAC) and guided by the university’s International Travel Policy

Students should note that program start dates, co-curricular activities, academic offerings, and other logistics may be adjusted in order to comply with health and safety considerations on site.

Should I apply to a back-up program in case my program is cancelled?

 We recommend that students only apply to one program; should your program no longer be offered, your program manager will work with you to identify an appropriate alternative.

If I apply for Fall 2021, can I also apply for Spring 2022?

Because the majority of program application deadlines for Spring 2022 are not until September 2021, we recommend students pursue the Fall 2021 program before considering applying for Spring 2022. Your program manager can assist you with deferring your application to another semester if necessary. 

Summer 2021 Study Abroad

Am I allowed to study abroad during Summer 2021?

As announced on March 1 by Provost Locke, Brown has extended its current restriction on international travel for health and/or safety reasons through the Summer 2021 semester. This restriction means no university-sponsored undergraduate travel will be permitted, and academic (transfer) credit will not be issued for summer study abroad programs. OIP staff will work with students whose plans are affected

Students should carefully review the resources listed on the Brown COVID web site and to reconsider your plans for studying abroad this summer. In addition to Brown’s guidance, please be mindful of COVID-related restrictions and policies from the Department of State, the Center for Disease Control, and frequent updates from the World Health Organization.

I applied/was accepted to study abroad this summer. What do I need to do to withdraw my application with my study abroad program? Can I receive a refund if I submitted a deposit?

You must contact your program provider or host university directly to officially withdraw your application. If you have submitted a deposit or other fees, please ask the provider directly if you can receive a refund. Please reach out to your Brown study abroad advisor if you need assistance with this process.

My summer study abroad program has canceled all on-site programming and instead is offering domestic/U.S.-based courses or remote coursework only. How do I apply for transfer credit approval?

These courses no longer fall under study abroad or OIP approval. Students should follow the transfer credit approval process outlined in ASK. Pre-approval for transfer credit — prior to taking non-Brown courses — is strongly recommended. If you have questions about transfer credit, please consult with one of the College's academic deans. Be sure to consult with your concentration advisor in advance if you are hoping to fulfill concentration requirements though transfer credit.

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