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Spring 2021 Study Abroad: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

UPDATE as of October 5: UR is proceeding with a limited number of countries and programs abroad for the Spring 21 semester. For further details or if you have questions, please contact a member of the study abroad team or consult these FAQs.

If my program is not approved for Spring 21, what are my next steps?

Due to the evolving nature of the global pandemic, not all programs originally available for Spring 2021 may be offered. If your program is no longer available, please contact your study abroad advisor in International Education. Robins business students should contact Prof. Tom Cosse to discuss further options.

If my application has been approved for Spring 21, what are my next steps?

We're ready to answer your questions and help make sure that you take care of all the remaining steps. You can use this link to make an appointment for a virtual advising session with your study abroad advisor.

For a list of study abroad programs and locations now available, please go to This list may be subject to change based on transportation availability, consular availability, and conditions in the study abroad location.

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 must drop the spring 2021 UR courses they will not take (online or in person) no later than the first day of class, which is January 19, 2021.

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.

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

You will be covered while abroad as long as you are not studying in your home country. The insurance will cover illnesses and medical treatment related to COVID-19 if you become ill while abroad. The insurance will not cover trip cancellation, so it is important for you to purchase a flexible flight when the program is confirmed, and you have been advised to do so by your study abroad advisor.

While you will be covered by UR’s travel insurance, a family member may not be able to enter the country should an emergency arise. We advise you to consult carefully with your family and to think about your level of comfort with being abroad for a semester during the global pandemic.

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

We encourage you to limit travel and enjoy the opportunity to become deeply engaged with your local community. Regional travel, or even travel within your study abroad country, may be limited due to restrictions placed by local governments or by your study abroad program. You may be subject to a 14-day quarantine and/or a COVID-19 test once you arrive in country and possibly upon return to the U.S. If conditions improve, you may be able to travel more freely. You’ll need to make sure you understand and adhere to local guidelines (e.g., quarantines, testing, visa requirements, etc.).

For more information on travel guidelines, health information and current COVID policies, please consult the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory by country.

Are further changes possible?

If conditions deteriorate or if students are not permitted to enter certain countries, it may be necessary to cancel programs going forward. We will continue to monitor the global situation in partnership with our colleagues in the US government, our insurance company, and our educational partners. 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.