Office of International Programs

Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates

For more information about Brown University's continued preparedness, action and response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please visit Brown's 2019 Novel Coronavirus 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. OIP Peer Advisors are also working remotely and are available to help answer your questions.

This page was last updated on June 26, 2020.

Summer 2020 Study Abroad

Am I allowed to study abroad this the summer?

Brown’s Summer 2020 study abroad program in Bologna, Italy, as well as all undergraduate travel and programming for other Brown-related international programs for Summer 2020 have been formally suspended.

This suspension includes any non-Brown programs where students may intend to transfer credit back to Brown.

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, which has issued a worldwide travel alert level 4 of Do Not Travel, the Center for Disease Control, which has also issued its highest worldwide travel alert of Avoid Non-essential Travel and  frequent updates from the World Health Organization.

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. 

Fall 2020 Study Abroad

Will I be able to study abroad in the Fall 2020 semester?

Given the uncertain nature of the global health crisis’s continued effects on both public health and on travel between countries, Brown has made the decision to cancel all University-sponsored undergraduate study abroad for Fall 2020. This includes all Brown and Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) programs as well as all approved partner programs and others for which students had successfully petitioned.

This decision was made in consultation with Brown’s International Travel Risk and Assessment Committee in consideration of a number of factors, including student health and safety, evolving travel restrictions, cessation of visa issuances, restrictive entry requirements, and impacts on academic calendars around the world.

We made this decision in May 2020 to ensure that all students who had applied to participate in a study abroad program have ample time to adjust their plans to continue studies at Brown for the fall semester. While no Brown undergraduates will be permitted to participate in any study abroad programming for the fall, the University is fully committed to assisting students who had applied in revising fall plans and considering study abroad options for the semesters ahead.

Will I be able to study abroad during another semester? How do I defer my application?

We encourage all students who are able to defer applications to Spring 2021 or a subsequent semester to consider doing so. Please contact your OIP study abroad advisor and — if you will participate in an approved partner program or one for which you’ve successfully petitioned — your program provider. You will not need to submit another OIP application for program approval.

Visiting students who planned to study through a Brown or CASA program should consult with their OIP program manager and with the study abroad office at their home institution.

How do I pre-register for fall semester courses at Brown?

If you previously submitted a study abroad leave form to OIP, we have cancelled on your behalf your Study Abroad Leave for Fall 2020 or for Academic Year 2020-21 with the Office of the Registrar. No further action is needed at this time. Your registration status will allow you to participate in Brown’s standard pre-registration process.

Per Brown’s temporary Academic Policies for Spring 2020, pre-registration for the Fall 2020 semester has been postponed. We recommend that you speak with your concentration advisor about course selections, as you will likely need to take different courses from those you had planned to take abroad. Students may also contact an academic dean by emailing [email protected].

How do I arrange for campus housing in the fall? 

The Office of Residential Life announced on April 16 that phase two of the housing selection process has been postponed, and a new date has not yet been established. The work of Brown’s Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force will guide and inform the timeline and implementation process for Fall 2020 housing on campus. 

Students do not need to reach out to Residential Life at this time to be considered for living on campus for the Fall 2020 semester. During the summer, Residential Life will contact students who were enrolled in a study abroad program to coordinate Fall 2020 housing options and availability. Your information has already been provided to their office, so there is no need to reach out individually at this time.

I receive financial aid and have already submitted my Study Abroad Budget Form. What should I do now that my plans have changed?

We have informed the Office of Financial Aid that no Brown students will be studying abroad this fall. Financial Aid will process your application as such, and a standard aid determination will be sent to you in June. If you have already submitted your financial aid application materials, no further action is required from you at this time. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

I was planning to study abroad with an approved program provider. What do I need to do to withdraw my application or defer to another semester? Can I receive a refund if I submitted a deposit?

We have notified all approved and petition program providers (including direct enrollment programs) of Brown’s cancellation of study abroad for Fall 2020. In addition, all students who were planning to study on an approved or petition program must contact their program provider or host university directly to officially withdraw their application or to defer it to a later semester. If you have submitted a deposit or other fees, please ask the provider directly if you can receive a refund or apply it to another semester. Please reach out to your Brown study abroad advisor if you need assistance with this process.

My study abroad program is offering remote coursework in Fall 2020.  Is it possible to transfer these courses to Brown? 

Students wishing to pursue remote courses during the 2020-21 academic year must enroll in courses delivered by Brown.  Courses taken remotely outside of Brown, including those offered by study abroad program providers, are not eligible for transfer credit. 

Spring and Summer 2021 Study Abroad

Due to the rapidly 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 Spring 2021. We remain optimistic about the ability to offer study abroad programs next spring and encourage students to continue exploring study abroad options during that semester. In the event that study abroad for Spring 2021 is restricted, we will convey any decisions with as much advance notice as possible. 

Can I still apply to study abroad in Spring 2021? 

Yes. We encourage students to submit applications for Spring 2021 study abroad programs. Please review upcoming applications deadline on our web site and reach out to an OIP advisor if you have any questions.

I have submitted an application for Spring 2021 to study abroad. When do I need to decide?

Commitment deadlines and admissions timelines vary by program, however, we will work to be as flexible as possible. Please contact your study abroad advisor to discuss your particular program.

Will I be able to consider study abroad options for Summer 2021?

Brown currently offers a number of short-term summer study abroad programs, and we are in the process of considering if we can expand on these 4- to 8-week summer options. Additional information will be forthcoming in the fall. 

If you have additional questions, please contact your OIP advisor directly or email us at [email protected]

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