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Spring 2021 Study Abroad: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I do now to prepare for spring 2021 abroad?

The study abroad team is ready to answer your questions. You can make an appointment for a virtual advising session with a study abroad advisor 

We will discuss not only how to plan for spring but also for fall or summer 2021, in case your spring study abroad plans don’t work out. 

For a list of study abroad program applications now open, please go to

The “Getting Started” section of the study abroad website is a great resource for learning about the application process. The application deadline for spring 2021 programs is September 27.

Will I be able to travel within my study abroad country, and to other countries, while abroad?

Due to the global pandemic, travel is likely to be limited regardless of the location of your study abroad program.  If conditions improve, you may be able to travel more freely.  Students will need to understand and adhere to local guidelines (e.g., quarantines, testing, visa requirements, etc.). 

For more information on travel, please consult the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory page by country

How will UR decide on whether a program will run in the spring?

We will continue to monitor the global situation in partnership with our colleagues in the US government, our insurance company and other educational institutions.  We will make a final decision about proceeding with the spring 2021 semester abroad in early October. 

Please keep in mind that if conditions deteriorate or if students are not permitted to enter certain countries, it may be necessary to cancel programs, even after early October. 

For this reason, we suggest that you not book any flights, make any payments related to study abroad (including housing) or make other financial or logistical commitments until you are advised to do so by our office in an official email. 

Your study abroad advisor will guide you through the application requirements of your program and will keep you informed of deadlines.

If my program is approved to run in early October, what will this mean for UR housing in the spring?

On-campus housing at UR will be held for students approved for spring 2021 study abroad until the beginning of the spring 2021 semester.

Will I have to pay any fees (including withdrawal) if a program is cancelled or if I decide to withdraw after the program confirmation date?

UR will not charge withdrawal fees to students who cancel participation in a spring 2021 study abroad program.

Your host institution abroad may have different policies about fees, though since the pandemic, many have been allowing students to withdraw without penalty even very close to the start dates of their programs.  Your study abroad advisor will inform you of any dates by which you must act in order to avoid being charged fees by your program.

What if I have a permanent address outside the US and conditions (including immigration regulations) are favorable for me to study abroad though the same options are not available to students who have a US permanent home address?

Please consult with the study abroad advisor for the program in which you hope to take part. As with our special study abroad programs for fall 2020, these situations will be considered on an individual basis. Late additions to our programs list may be added as safe and appropriate.

If my program is open for spring 2021 applications, can I (or should I) register for UR classes in the spring?

Students approved for spring 2021 study abroad whose programs are going forward will still be able to register for spring 21 classes at Richmond and are encouraged to do so since conditions may well change after the registration period. Students will not be required to drop their UR courses until the last day of the fall semester.

How will the insurance work if I am able to study abroad in the Spring 2021 semester?

Students will be covered while abroad as long as they are not studying in their home country. The insurance will cover illnesses and medical treatment related to COVID-19 if a student were to become ill while abroad. The insurance will not cover trip cancellation so it is important for students to purchase a flexible flight when the program is definitely confirmed and the student is advised to do so by their IE study abroad advisor.

More details about the health and travel insurance provided by Richmond to students participating in a university sponsored program is available on the web pages and

More information for parents about study abroad can be found on the Study Abroad Parent page