Study abroad and international travel

Information for students about the status of study abroad classes, including program suspensions, backup applications and winter/spring 2021 programs, as well as international travel.

Frequently asked questions

Program suspension means the program has been canceled for that term only. For instance, if you have been notified that your specific fall-term 2020 program has been suspended, this means it will not be running for fall 2020. Unfortunately, there is no chance that it will be reinstated at a later time for that term.

  • Due to public health concerns, the University of California Education Abroad Program has made the decision to suspend fall-term 2020 and yearlong programs beginning in fall 2020 in all locations. As of Aug. 13, all winter quarter programs scheduled to begin before March 15, 2021, have been suspended, as well. Affected students have already been emailed by the UCEAP Systemwide Office and the UCLA International Education Office.
  • Programs with start dates after March 15, 2021, are still scheduled to run. Applicants to these programs have been notified that their program has not been suspended via email. Decisions on suspension of these programs would likely come sometime in fall quarter, when there is more up-to-date information about the COVID-19 situation.
  • In the meantime, the IEO recommends applicants to programs that are still scheduled to run consider back-up options both for study abroad plans and for spring 2021 classes at UCLA, and also that students wait to purchase plane tickets until they have more program information.
  • The international education office has a COVID-19 FAQ with more information.

Unfortunately, due to the fluid nature of which programs may be suspended or canceled, backup applications will not be accepted. If students are concerned about a certain location, they must consider which program to move forward with. If a program deadline has not passed, students may always request to cancel their first application in order to submit a replacement. For other questions, email the UCEAP office at info@ieo.ucla.edu.

Unfortunately, priority cannot be granted to previously registered or accepted students. Students who wish to apply to future study abroad programs will need to reapply and meet all eligibility requirements at that time.

Students should discuss these plans with their academic advising unit, as it is ultimately the decision of the UCLA College or individual school whether a student can extend their time at UCLA. While it is not an uncommon plan for many UCLA students, it will depend on the individual student’s situation. A few things to consider:

  • While you can walk at commencement ceremonies and participate in the fun aspects of the celebration, you must remain a currently enrolled UCLA student to attend most study abroad programs. To do this, your expected graduation term should align with the end of your study abroad program, which your academic advising unit can explain in more detail.
  • Students interested in using financial aid on a program following commencement should contact the UCLA Financial Aid Office to see what type of aid would be available to them and what action they need to take. Typically, these students will need to file FAFSA one more time.

For more information on international travel, visit the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisories page

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