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 November 17, 2021.

Spring 2022 Study Abroad

For current information regarding Spring 2022 study abroad programs, please refer to the FAQs listed on the Healthy Brown web site.

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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