Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

April 20, 2020

In response to the current impacts of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of our community in mind, the University of Chicago is suspending our Paris-based Summer 2020 undergraduate Study Abroad programs.

Our decision is informed by travel restrictions and government-issued stay-at-home orders in both the United States and France – which currently cover most of both countries. While such measures may be eased in the coming months, the uncertainty combined with the need to plan our summer programming well in advance make it untenable to move forward with our summer programming as designed.

The University remains deeply committed to international education and Study Abroad is working directly with students affected by this decision to provide support and guidance.

We are continuing to plan for Autumn 2020 programs with a longer-term view toward Winter and Spring 2021.

For the most updated information about the University of Chicago policies and response to COVID-19, visit coronavirusupdates.uchicago.edu.


March 10, 2020

In response to the current spread and impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as a precautionary measure to maintain the health and safety of our community, the University of Chicago has suspended all Spring Quarter 2020 faculty-led undergraduate Study Abroad programs. Our actions take into account the latest CDC guidance for international travel and study abroad programs.

The decision reflects the University’s interest in preventing exposure to the virus and the need for faculty and students to navigate unpredictable circumstances overseas, such as access to healthcare, disruptions to local services, and the potential for travel interruptions or restrictions. In addition, given the intensive block schedule of faculty-led Study Abroad programs, logistical disruptions could require mid-course changes to the nine-week Spring program. Suspending the program prioritizes the health and well-being of our University community members and supports the academic integrity of the Spring Quarter.

We are working on a case-by-case basis with students who are currently abroad on direct enrollment programs.

The University of Chicago remains deeply committed to international education, and planning remains underway for Study Abroad programs in Summer 2020 and beyond. In light of the current COVID-19 impact on nations worldwide, our office will continue to closely monitor developments regarding health and safety over the coming months. We understand there is uncertainty about feasibility of travel and questions remain about how long COVID-19 will impact international mobility, which is impossible to know at this time. We expect to proceed with all our usual planning efforts for programs scheduled during Summer and Autumn 2020 quarters, with a longer-term view toward Winter and Spring 2021.

For the most updated information about the University of Chicago policies and response to COVID-19, visit coronavirusupdates.uchicago.edu.