Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Disruption

Recent world events have resulted in changes to study abroad programming.  The Office of Overseas Study understands that students, families, and advisors may have questions related to these disruptions. Below please find information in response to frequently asked questions. After reviewing the information, if you still have questions, please contact us at overseas@iu.edu.

  • Fall 2021
      • Can I study abroad on a non-IU program in Fall 2021?
        Per IU policies, IU students may not study abroad with IU approval and support in any country for which there is a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory. Students planning to study in other countries can follow standard Non-IU Procedures.

      •  Will study abroad programs be running in Fall 2021, considering the COVID-19 pandemic?

        While planning to continue with Fall 2021 semester-long programs, the Office of Overseas Study continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow guidance from national and international organizations, such as World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of State. We also are in touch with our study abroad partners and providers to determine if they are able to host IU students in Fall 2021. Students can expect to receive specific COVID-19 mitigation information for their program environment.
      • I have been accepted to a Fall 2021 study abroad program. If I decide not to go, can I get my $500 prepayment back? Can I defer to a future semester?

        Generally, students who withdraw from their Fall 2021 program at least 14 days prior to the program start date or whose program is cancelled will be refunded their $500 prepayment, but details vary by program. Students interested in deferring to a future semester (and who are still eligible for that semester) should speak with their study abroad advisor.
      • Should I purchase an air ticket for travel to my program destination for Fall 2021?

        No. Students are advised to avoid incurring any financial commitments until 60 days prior to program start date.
      • Should I enroll in Fall 2021 IU on-campus classes, just in case my study abroad program gets cancelled?

        Yes. If it appears that your Fall 2021 study abroad program will run as scheduled, then our office will send students instructions to drop the IU courses and add the OVST placeholder course.
      • If I withdraw from my Fall 2021 program, what happens to any study abroad scholarships I received?

        Students should not expect to receive any study abroad-related scholarships, if their program abroad is cancelled.
      • What should I do about housing at IU, if my Fall 2021 program gets cancelled?

        Students should consult IU Classifieds or be in touch with Residential Programs and Services about housing options.
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  • Summer 2021
      • Can I study abroad on a non-IU program in summer 2021?
        Per IU policies, IU students may not study abroad with IU approval and support in any country for which there is a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory. Students planning to study in other countries can follow standard Non-IU Procedures

      •  Will study abroad programs be running in Summer 2021, considering the COVID-19 pandemic?

        While planning to continue with Summer 2021 programs, the Office of Overseas Study continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow guidance from national and international organizations, such as World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of State. We also are in touch with our study abroad partners and providers to determine if they are able to host IU students in Summer 2021. Students can expect to receive specific COVID-19 mitigation information for their program environment.
      • I have been accepted to a Summer 2021 study abroad program. If I decide not to go, can I get my $500 prepayment back? Can I defer to a future term?

        Generally, students who withdraw from their Summer 2021 program at least 14 days prior to the program start date or whose program is cancelled will be refunded their $500 prepayment, but details vary by program. Students interested in deferring to a future term (and who are still eligible for that term) should speak with their study abroad advisor.
      • Should I purchase an air ticket for travel to my program destination for Summer 2021?

        No. Students are advised to avoid incurring any financial commitments until 60 days prior to program start date.
      • Should I enroll in Summer 2021 IU on-campus classes, just in case my study abroad program gets cancelled?

        Yes. If it appears that your Summer 2021 study abroad program will run as scheduled, then our office will send students instructions to drop the IU courses and add the OVST placeholder course.
      • If I withdraw from my Summer 2021 program, what happens to any study abroad scholarships I received?

        Students should not expect to receive any study abroad-related scholarships, if their program abroad is cancelled.

     

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  • Spring 2021
      • Can I study abroad on a non-IU program in spring 2021?
        Per IU policies, IU students may not study abroad with IU approval and support in any country for which there is a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory. Students planning to study in other countries can follow standard Non-IU Procedures.

         

      •  Will study abroad programs be running in Spring 2021, considering the COVID-19 pandemic?

        While planning to continue with Spring 2021 semester-long programs, the Office of Overseas Study continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow guidance from national and international organizations, such as World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of State. We also are in touch with our study abroad partners and providers to determine if they are able to host IU students in Spring 2021.

        Given that the Spring 2021 Indiana University calendar will not include a spring break, IU cannot offer short-term programs with travel in March 2021. Organizers of short-term programs might consider travel in May 2021 but such programs will depend on travel factors present at that time.

     

      • I have been accepted to a Spring 2021 study abroad program. If I decide not to go, can I get my $500 prepayment back? Can I defer to a future semester?

        Generally, students who withdraw from their Spring 2021 program at least 14 days prior to the program start date or whose program is cancelled will be refunded their $500 prepayment. Students interested in deferring to a future semester (and who are still eligible for that semester) should speak with their study abroad advisor.

     

      • Should I purchase an air ticket for travel to my program destination for Spring 2021?

        No. Students are advised to avoid incurring any financial commitments until 60 days prior to program start date.

     

      • Should I enroll in Spring 2021 IU on-campus classes, just in case my study abroad program gets cancelled?

        Yes. If it appears that your Spring 2021 study abroad program will run as scheduled, then our office will send students instructions to drop the IU courses and add the OVST placeholder course.

     

      • If I withdraw from my Spring 2021 program, what happens to any study abroad scholarships I received?

        Students should not expect to receive any study abroad-related scholarships, if their program abroad is cancelled.

     

    • What should I do about housing at IU, if my Spring 2021 program gets cancelled?

      Students should consult IU Classifieds or be in touch with Residential Programs and Services about spring housing options.
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  • Fall 2020
      • Can I study abroad on a non-IU program in fall 2020?
        Overseas Study is not granting approval for non-IU study abroad programs in Fall 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of International Admissions is not approving new Credit Transfer Agreements.

      • Can I take a study abroad provider’s online classes?
        Students should be aware that a study abroad provider’s online fall classes are NOT considered study abroad and will not fulfill requirements such as World Languages & Cultures. Students would earn transfer credit, processed through the Office of International Admissions. Contact newtoiu@iu.edu for more information.

      • My IU program was cancelled. Can I defer my application to Spring 2021?
        Yes, provided students still meet the program eligibility requirements. Please be in touch with your study abroad advisor.

      • My IU program was cancelled. When will my $500 prepayment be refunded?
        Overseas Study is working as quickly as possible to manually refund Fall 2020 students’ prepayments paid to our office. Students should check their official IU email address, in case our office has any follow-up questions or updates.

      • I was counting on my fall IU program to fulfill Gen Ed World Languages and Cultures or another degree requirement, but the program was cancelled. What should I do?
        Students should be in touch with their academic advisor about degree planning.

      • I was awarded study abroad scholarships for my fall program. Can I defer those to a future study abroad program?
        Students should consult the specific study abroad scholarship program to see their policies about deferrals.
  • Summer 2020
    • Can I study abroad on a non-IU program in summer 2020?
      Overseas Study is not granting approval for non-IU study abroad programs in Summer 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of International Admissions is not approving new Credit Transfer Agreements.

    • Can I take a study abroad provider’s online classes?
      Students should be aware that a study abroad provider’s online summer classes are NOT considered study abroad and will not fulfill requirements such as World Languages & Cultures. Students would earn transfer credit, processed through the Office of International Admissions. Contact newtoiu@iu.edu for more information.

    • My IU program was cancelled. Can I defer my application to Summer 2021?
      Yes, provided students still meet the program eligibility requirements. Please be in touch with your study abroad advisor.

    • My IU program was cancelled. When will my $500 prepayment be refunded?
      Overseas Study is working as quickly as possible to manually refund Summer 2020 students’ prepayments paid to our office. Students should check their official IU email address, in case our office has any follow-up questions or updates.

    • I was counting on my summer IU program to fulfill Gen Ed World Languages and Cultures or another degree requirement, but the program was cancelled. What should I do?
      Students should be in touch with their academic advisor about degree planning.

    • I was awarded study abroad scholarships for my summer program. Can I defer those to a future study abroad program?
      Students should consult the specific study abroad scholarship program to see their policies about deferrals.
  • Spring 2020
    • Will I still fulfill Gen Ed World Languages and Culture even if I wasn’t abroad the full semester?
      Students who were abroad for at least six weeks and who earn at least six credits abroad will fulfill the World Languages & Culture requirement. Students whose study abroad programs were disrupted before six weeks abroad (and who will still complete at least six credits), should contact Overseas Study (overseas@iu.edu) with a brief petition outlining their program dates (start date, date of departure due to COVID-19, original program end date) and circumstances.

    • Will I still fulfill the College of Arts and Science’s Global Civilizations and Culture requirement?
      Students who complete a Spring 2020 study abroad program through on-line classes will fulfill the Global Civilizations and Culture requirement.

    • How do I request S/F grading for a study abroad course?
      The Office of Overseas Study will send Spring 2020 students more information, including instructions, on the forthcoming S/F request form. S/F grading, in alignment with IU-Bloomington, is only available for Spring 2020 study abroad students.

    • Can I declare my classes as pass/fail abroad?
      No, do not declare your study abroad courses as pass/fail or satisfactory/fail through your study abroad program provider or host institution. Request letter grades.  Overseas Study will work with IU students who wish to pursue S/F grading; grades of D- or higher are eligible for S grading.

    • I’m on a non-IU program; will IU accept my transfer credit as pass/fail or satisfactory/fail grades?
      No. IU requires actual letter grades in order to determine if transfer credits meets the C or higher transfer credit policy.  However, those grades will not count in your IU GPA.

    • Will my transcript from abroad be delayed, given the COVID-19 disruption worldwide?
      Students should anticipate a delay in transcript processing, particularly if students took classes directly through a local university. Students planning to graduate in Summer 2020 or who have other extenuating circumstances and need rushed grades should contact their study abroad program to request expedited processing, if possible. Students also should notify their study abroad advisor.

    • Will any portion of my fees be refunded for spring 2020?
      Academic, housing, and other fee refunds are subject to the program provider’s refund policies. Students should inquire with the entity managing the study abroad program for their policy on refunds