The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign places a high priority on the health, safety, and security of students, faculty, and staff and is monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 globally. Review the university covid19.illinois.edu website for information and updates about the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
For Outgoing Study Abroad Students
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of outbound study abroad through December 2021. This decision applies to all program types (outbound exchange, direct enroll, provider programs, faculty-led, and study abroad by petition). Students that applied for Fall 2021 have been notified of this decision.
The university will not permit any waivers or exceptions for Summer and Fall 2021 study abroad. Participants choosing to study abroad will have no university connection or support, including access to study abroad options through the university, international insurance, and pre-articulation of course credit. University staff will be unable to approve/sign applications for independent programs.
Spring 2022 Update
The university is evaluating the resumption of study abroad for the Spring 2022 semester. The university recognizes the invaluable role study abroad plays in your academic experience and is doing everything we can to resume study abroad in a safe manner. Find answers to frequently asked questions.
- The process to study abroad during Spring 2022 will require multiple, important steps. Study abroad staff will help guide you through the process, but we expect you to actively assume responsibility for your experience. We encourage you to review the Spring 2022 Planning Timeline (PDF) for important, required actions you will be expected to take.
- If you are interested in studying abroad during Spring 2022 and you do not yet have a passport, review the processing times for passports due to COVID-19 on the travel.state.gov website.
- To read more on passport and visa terminology see the Passports & Visas page.
For Incoming Exchange Students
As we navigate the remaining challenges of COVID-19, we are confident that the university's SHIELD safety protocols, the State of Illinois’ mitigation efforts, and the increased availability of the vaccine will allow the university to welcome exchange students to campus this Fall. Exchange students who do study on campus will be expected to follow the health compliance and guidelines set forth by the university and Illinois Department of Public Health. Review the covid19.illinois.edu website with the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions.
To find answers to questions about DS-2019s or other visa related issues, please refer to International Student and Scholar Services' COVID-19 webpage.
Travel, Vaccine & Testing Information
International students and scholars are encouraged to review the vaccine, testing, and post-travel guidance found on the university's covid19.illinois.edu website. Answers to frequently asked questions by international students can be found on the International Students page.