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(This page will be updated as new information becomes available. UCEAP also has a web page with updated information.)

Study Abroad and COVID-19

Study Abroad UC San Diego continues to be vigilant in monitoring the progression of COVID-19 worldwide. Rest assured, students' health and well-being are always our top priorities. Our goal is to help keep students and members of our campus community informed and safe during this pandemic.

We are also dedicated to helping students plan for their future study abroad goals by working closely with our partners across the UC system and beyond to provide the most updated information about future program operations. Our advisors are ready to help students plan for their future study abroad goals.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

December 2020: As COVID-19 vaccines become available, it will be very important for all students studying abroad to be vaccinated before their departure. More information on vaccinations for Study Abroad programs will be made available to you in the coming months.

Virtual Front Desk

Summer Hours:  Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm*. Visit our Virtual Front Desk to schedule an appointment (up to 30 minutes) with an advisor or to ask a question. (*Hours subject to change.)

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UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) Information

COVID-19 updates for UCEAP participants are found at:

Global Seminars Information

Study Abroad UC San Diego, and campus partners and resources are here to assist you. CAPS counseling services are available for students who are experiencing stress as a result of the pandemic.

Are Global Seminars running in 2021?

Although the ongoing pandemic has forced us to cancel in-person Global Seminars for summer 2021, we are still offering six virtual programs.

How do I switch to a Virtual Program?

If you already have an existing application for an on-site Global Seminar, please fill out this form to request a switch. We should be able to confirm the update within a few days. 

Otherwise, please start/complete a TritonsAbroad application as usual. 

How do I confirm that I don’t want to switch to a Virtual Global Seminar?

If you have a submitted application, please complete this form to confirm your “withdrawal”.

If not, you can withdraw your application yourself in TritonsAbroad.

If we do not hear from you by April 1, your on-site application will automatically be withdrawn.

Will I receive my deposit back if I choose not to do a virtual Global Seminar?

Yes! Global Seminar applicants will not owe any program fees and will receive a full refund of the $250 deposit. Your deposit will be credited back to your card. However, we are not able to refund the credit card fee of $7.50. 

If you opt into a virtual seminar, your deposit will go towards that application instead.

I needed these classes in order to graduate, what should I do?

  • We encourage you to consider registering for classes at UC San Diego this summer. Consult the summer session website and your academic advisers.
  • Some Global Seminars faculty members may be teaching their Global Seminar courses to be taught in San Diego this summer. We will post more information about those courses as soon as we have it.
  • We are also encouraging faculty to re-submit their 2021 proposals for Global Seminars 2022.

Is there any possibility to do a different study abroad program this summer?

We strongly recommend that you wait until the coronavirus outbreak is over before planning to travel abroad. You can find information on the current status of the outbreak on the State Department website.  There are multiple virtual programs that have been developed, in addition to the Global Seminar virtual options.

I was accepted into a 2021 Global Seminar. Will I be guaranteed a spot for the same program next year?

Most of the programs that were offered in summer 2021 will be available again in summer 2022. Global Seminars have rolling deadlines and applications will continue to be reviewed in the order they are submitted. Luckily, since you are familiar with the process, you will be able to get ready to submit soon after the applications open on November 1st, 2021.


Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) Information

IMPORTANT! Any student wishing to participate on an Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) during the COVID-19 health pandemic is required to read the two documents below: 

An OAP memo regarding COVID-era travel:

OAP Memo (updated March 2021)

An OAP memo regarding OAP's travel notification and assumption of risk:

OAP Travel Notification and Assumption of Risk (updated March 2021)

Financial Aid Information

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office has posted a helpful resource to help address financial aid concerns during this time.


Handling a Disruption of Your Study Abroad Program

I am planning to study abroad but am concerned about my program running. What is campus doing and when will I be notified?

Study Abroad UC San Diego, along with our program partners across the U.S. and abroad, is closely monitoring the situation. Should additional program suspensions occur, students will be notified immediately by email and updates will be made to our website:

Campus is following advice and guidelines by the local and UC system-wide Offices of Risk Management, the U.S. State Department, and the National CDC. UC San Diego is fortunate to have top infectious disease specialists also providing guidance to all these entities.

If my program is cancelled before I depart, will I be charged any fees?

If your program is cancelled pre-departure, you will not be charged any fees and any fees you may have paid will be reimbursed to you.

If my program is cancelled before I depart, what happens to the study abroad scholarship I received?

We are currently working with the organizations funding scholarships to find out if scholarships can be deferred for a future study abroad program or if you will need to reapply with preferential consideration for a future scholarship. More information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

What happens if I withdraw from my program? Will I be charged fees?

Depending upon your program, you may withdraw before the withdrawal deadline and be charged minimal fees (administrative, non-refundable deposit). If you withdraw after the program withdrawal deadline, you will be subject to paying additional fees. If your program is subsequently cancelled after you withdraw, your fees will be reimbursed to you.

UCEAP withdrawal deadline: May 1, 2020 for most Fall 2020 programs (Summer programs are cancelled); UCEAP may update Fall 2020 program information as necessary. Check with your advisor before May 1 for updated information.

Global Seminar: 2020 programs are cancelled.

OAP withdrawal deadlines: Vary by program; refer to the provider website or ask your advisor for assistance.