FAQs for Summer & 2021-22 Study Abroad

I have been accepted to a Summer ‘21, Fall ‘21, or Spring ‘22 study abroad program. What is the status of my program?

All study abroad programs are scheduled to run as planned at this time. Students will be updated, as appropriate, if there is any change to their program.

What are my options if I have been accepted into my alternate semester?

Due to program capacity issues with each program, we encourage you to accept your alternate semester placement. If, however, you would like to go abroad during the other term, you would need to decline your current offer and will be placed on the waitlist with all other waitlisted students. Please inform your program director of your decision.

When do I need to commit to my program?

Students have until 11:59pm (EST) on January 22, 2021 to formally commit to their program. If students do not commit by that deadline, they will be automatically withdrawn from their program.

Will I have to pay a withdrawal fee if I withdraw from my program?

You may withdraw prior to the January 22, 2021 commit deadline without consequence. After that, the withdrawal fee will be charged unless your program is canceled. See the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.

Can I defer my acceptance to a future semester/summer?

Not at the moment. However, if your program is canceled, you may be given the option to defer your acceptance to a subsequent semester or summer, provided that spaces are available.

Should I purchase my flight or book travel?

At this time, students should NOT purchase their flights nor book any other travel. Your study abroad program director will advise you as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

When will a final decision be made about Summer ‘21 programs?

The University is currently in the process of scenario planning and a decision is set to be made in the second half of the Spring semester.

How will it be decided if a program is canceled?

NDI carefully monitors health and safety conditions at all of our program locations and in close cooperation with various sources on the local, national, and international level, such as the CDC, U.S. State Department, Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), International SOS, and our local staff and partners. Other determining factors include COVID-19 conditions in each location, entry requirements, on-arrival quarantine requirements, flight and visa availability, healthcare capacity, status of routine and emergency care, efficacy of testing and more. If we or our partners abroad feel that your health or safety is at risk or that we can no longer provide an optimal experience for you, we will modify or cancel the program as needed. If you would like to learn more about the decision-making process, you’re welcome to view the Study Abroad & the COVID-19 Pandemic information session video on our website.

If travel abroad is not feasible, will my program convert to a virtual format?

This may be possible in some instances for summer ‘21 programs. You will be contacted if your program is to switch to a virtual format and will be given the option to withdraw without penalty.

How will Notre Dame prepare me to go abroad?

Notre Dame staff both in the US and local partners will help you prepare for your time abroad. We will be providing students with a series of virtual pre-departure orientation sessions, which will continue until close to your departure day.

Will students be required to take a COVID-19 test before departing for their program? How recent should the results be?

Yes. Consistent with the practice before arriving at the main campus in August, students should expect to have a COVID-19 test before traveling. The requirements for how soon before travel the test is required will vary by location and program start date. Details of the pre-travel testing process will be released closer to spring semester.

Will students need to take a test upon arrival?

This will depend on quarantine and testing requirements of the host country.

Will the University’s international insurance cover COVID-19 testing?

University international insurance will NOT cover preventive testing. For example, if you are required to have a COVID-19 test on arrival as an entry requirement of the host country, this is not covered by the University’s international insurance and would be the responsibility of the student. However, should a student become ill, then any necessary COVID-19 testing and medical treatment will be covered by the University’s international insurance plan, in which you will be automatically enrolled.

If my parents are concerned, is there someone they can talk to regarding their questions?

Study Abroad staff are prepared to answer your parents’ questions. Notre Dame International also has a full-time international travel and safety professional who is available for consultation. If you would like to schedule an appointment to go over any concerns or questions about the program, please email studyabroad@nd.edu or contact your program director directly. You may also find more information for parents on this webpage.