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.

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 September 14, 2021.

Spring 2022 Study Abroad

Which study abroad programs will be offered for Spring 2022? 

Our foremost priority remains the health and safety of Brown students studying abroad. Based on an extensive review of undergraduate study abroad programs, the University has opened applications for a select portfolio of programs for the Spring 2022 semester. You may visit ViaTRM, the Office of International Programs’ study abroad application portal, to explore available programs and to open an application. Please note that the University will continue to assess health and safety conditions and may make changes to the list of approved programs if necessary. 

Can I apply to more than one program?

Brown students may only have one active study abroad application. We encourage you to select the program that best fits your academic and personal goals. If you are concerned about admission requirements, please discuss your plans with your study abroad advisor. 

Given the ongoing uncertainty around the global pandemic, we recommend that you develop alternative plans in conversation with your academic and study abroad advisors, including returning to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. The University continues to monitor global health, safety, and security events and will notify students with as much notice as possible of any program cancellations and continued suspensions. 

In the event that your program is suspended, your advisor will work with you to determine your options for the coming semester.

May I petition to study on a program in Spring 2022 that is not on Brown’s list of approved programs?

Given the review process for Spring 2022 programs to assess health and safety, we strongly encourage you to apply for a Brown, CASA, or approved program that is currently being offered. Please discuss your petition request with an OIP advisor before submitting the petition application.

Will I be required to be fully vaccinated to study abroad for Spring 2022?

Beginning with the Fall 2021 semester, Brown is requiring COVID-19 vaccines for all undergraduate students, including students who are studying abroad. The only exceptions for compliance will be for students who have a medical or religious exemption from vaccination that has been approved by University Health Services. Entry requirements for some countries may include proof of vaccination; please consult with your study abroad advisor if you have questions about your host country's requirements.

Should I apply for a passport now?

If you do not currently have a passport, or if your passport will expire within 6 months of the end date of your study abroad program or your expected return, please plan to apply for or renew your passport immediately. If you are currently in the process of applying for or renewing your passport, please notify your study abroad program provider. 

Passport processing times are much longer than usual; routine service can take up to 18 weeks, and expedited service can take up to 12 weeks from the date an application is submitted. We strongly encourage students to consider expedited service; if there are questions about this process, please reach out to your study abroad program advisor. 

Is there a chance that the University may suspend a Brown or CASA program or rescind approval of an Approved/Petition program for health and safety reasons?

If public health conditions change, it is possible that approval for study abroad programs could be rescinded. The path of the pandemic continues to be unpredictable. Brown will continue to assess local public health conditions in program locations, and will endeavor to communicate any and all changes with students as they arise.

If I decide to withdraw from my program, will I receive a refund?

If you decide to withdraw from your program, you are subject to your program’s withdrawal and refund policies for any non-tuition related expenses. Study Abroad refund policies for Brown tuition payments are available on the OIP website.

Fall 2021 Study Abroad

For current information regarding Fall 2021 study abroad programs, please refer to the FAQs listed on the Healthy Brown web site.

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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