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Study Abroad Program Updates and Resources Related to COVID-19

2022 Programs Update

UC Davis Study Abroad is planning to run programs in 2022 including Quarter Abroad Spring, Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, Virtual Summer Internships, and Quarter Abroad Fall. Information about 2022 programs is now available on our website.

The safety and well-being of students is our priority. UC Davis Study Abroad will continue to monitor circumstances related to COVID-19 that could impact 2022 programs and make decisions based on travel directives and guidance from UC Davis Travel Security, the University of California system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and assessments from campus leadership, workgroups, and subject-matter experts.

All fees will be refunded if programs must be cancelled due to COVID-19—including the enrollment deposit.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Study Abroad

Per the University of California, a condition of physical presence at a location or in a University Program is that all program participants must participate in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral: COVID-19 vaccination program.

While a student may be granted a policy exception or deferral by UC, host countries, institutions, program providers, venues or businesses related to UC Davis Study Abroad programs may have their own additional requirements with which the student participants will need to comply. 

As international regulations regarding COVID-19 are extremely fluid, COVID-19 policies and laws from program host countries, host country partners, and transportation bodies may change at any time and may affect your program participation. If you enrolled in one of our programs, you will receive updates on policy changes/requirements.

Important Note for Students with Non-US passports: Please be aware of the Requirements for Air Travelers to the US. Some students with Non-US passports may be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Vaccination Information (list as of April 14, 2022). 

  • Participants in the programs below are required by the program vendor and/or country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Quarter Abroad Spring 2022
    Mexico: Latin(x) Health Internship in Oaxaca
    Spain: Language and Culture in Spain

    UC Davis Summer Abroad 2022
    Belgium: Microbiology in Europe's Capital - Brussels
    Bhutan: GIS in the Land of the Thunder Dragon
    Cuba: Revolutionary Cuba
    Europe (Multi-Country): Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe
    Europe (Multi-Country): World Cinema and the European Film Festival
    Ecuador: Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador
    France: Americans in Paris
    France: Introduction to Winemaking
    France: Intro to Biological Psychology
    Germany: Mathematics and Culture in Berlin
    Greece: Writers in Greece
    Italy: Science of the Mind
    Italy: Art, Culture, History in the Eternal City
    Japan: Design Japan
    Japan: Life Sciences in Japan
    Spain: Three Cultures of Medieval Spain
    Thailand: Microbiology Lab in the Kingdom of Smiles (Session 1 and Session 2)

    Summer Abroad Internships 2022
    Australia: Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine Internships
    Belize: Large Animal Science in the Caribbean
    Bolivia (La Paz): Pediatric Health Internships
    Bolivia (Tarija): Primary Care and Rural Medicine Internships
    Costa Rica: Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine Internships
    Ghana: Pediatric Care and Reproductive Health Internships
    Italy: Design and Fashion Internships
    Japan: Business and Communication Internships
    Japan: Engineering and Computer Science Internships
    New Zealand: Psychology Internships
    New Zealand: Environment, Green Tech, and Sustainability Internships
    Philippines: Remote Island Medicine Internships
    Singapore: Business and Communication Internships
    South Africa (Cape Town): Hospital Medicine and Health Disparities Internships
    South Africa (Durban): Hospital Medicine and Infectious Disease Internships
    Spain: Business and Communication Internships
    Spain: Engineering and Computer Science Internships
    Spain: Psychology Internships
    Spain: Environment, Green Tech and Sustainability Internships
    Thailand: Education Internships
    Thailand: Environment, Green Tech and Sustainability Internships
    Thailand: Wildlife, Conservation and Veterinary Medicine Internships
    United Kingdom: Psychology Internships
    United States (Hawaii): Education Internships

    UC Davis Quarter Abroad Fall 2022
    Argentina: Language and Culture in Argentina
    Ireland: Internships and Writing in Dublin
    Italy: Language and Culture in Today's Renaissance Florence
    United Kingdom: Political Science at the London School of Economics
  • Participants in the programs below are likely required by the program vendor and/or country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but there may be limited exceptions. Contact the program coordinator with any questions.
  • Summer Abroad 2022
    Spain: History of Cancer
    Spain: Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona
  • Participants in the programs below are not currently required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requirements are subject to change. 
  • Summer Abroad 2022
    Iceland: Thermodynamics in the Land of Fire and Ice
    Ireland: Bio Sci 2A on the Emerald Isle
    UK: Design in Britain
    UK: In Search of Scotland
    UK: Perspectives in Global Management
    UK: Oxford - Portal to Fantasy

Study Abroad and COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have received a UC-approved vaccination exception or deferral: can I still participate in a UC Davis Study Abroad program?
  • Students who may receive an approved vaccination exception or deferral are still subject to the local requirements of the country in which the program is located and to requirements put in place by program partners. As a result, some programs do require that students are fully vaccinated. 

    If your program/country allows for exception/deferral, unvaccinated travelers please note that unvaccinated individuals may have additional COVID-19 testing requirements, quarantine periods, or be precluded from participation in some excursions based upon local laws. 

  • Is a COVID-19 booster required to participate?
  • The UC Policy definition of Fully Vaccinated is as follows: A person is considered “fully” vaccinated when two weeks have passed since they completed a COVID-19 Vaccine series (for example, 1 dose of the Janssen/J&J vaccine, or 2 doses within no more than 12 weeks of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) as well as any boosters consistent with manufacturer instructions and applicable agency approval, authorization, or listing.  

    COVID-19 boosters are now available to the general population. We encourage anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster to get one prior to your study abroad departure. We anticipate that many countries and vendors will soon make this a requirement for most travelers.  

    Students are encouraged to review the COVID-19 vaccination policies in their respective program countries. The program recommends students consult the Health Ministry or official COVID-19 government website of the country they will be studying in to understand vaccine policies.  
  • Will any UC Davis faculty-led programs be offered for Academic Year 2021-22?
  • Yes, UC Davis Study Abroad is planning to run a Quarter Abroad program in the fall. In 2022, we will offer Quarter Abroad Spring, Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, Virtual Summer Internships, and Quarter Abroad Fall.
  • How about UCEAP?
  • Yes, UCEAP is also currently planning to offer programs in 2021, beginning with some programs in the fall. Please visit their website for the most up-to-date information on program offerings and timelines: COVID-19 and UCEAP 2021 Programs.
  • Will I be liable for any fees if my UC Davis faculty-led program ends up being cancelled due to COVID-19?
  • No, you will not be liable for fees, and we will refund all fees already paid, including the $300 deposit, which is usually non-refundable, if programs are cancelled due to COVID-19. You will also be carefully advised on when and how to purchase flights, to help you avoid incurring non-recoverable personal expenses.
  • How will the decision to cancel study abroad programs be made?
  • Decisions to cancel programs are based on travel directives and guidance from UC Davis Travel Security, the University of California system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and assessments from campus leadership, workgroups, and subject matter experts.
  • Will decisions be made on a program-by-program basis?
  • Assuming there are no large-scale travel restrictions in place, the decisions could be made on a program-by-program basis, in light of location-specific advisories, restrictions and risks. These decisions will include consideration of risks associated with travel to the location, local travel, accommodations, classroom spaces, site visits, access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, on-site quarantine options, etc.
  • Will I have to be tested for COVID-19 before and/or during the program?
  • Depending on policies and local circumstances, you may have to be tested immediately before you leave for the program, once you arrive, and on a regular basis while you are in country. Program-specific requirements will be communicated to participants as needed, and you can research current country-specific COVID-19 travel requirements via the U.S. Department of State website, but keep in mind that requirements change and that other policies, including UC Davis mandates, may apply.
  • What will happen if I am infected with COVID-19 while I am abroad, or exposed to someone who has tested positive?
  • Treatment and isolation requirements/recommendations can vary by country, and they may or may not be similar to those in the U.S. All students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad programs are automatically covered by a travel health insurance that includes treatment for COVID-19 and access to a network of English-speaking physicians and specialists. Students should expect to be treated and/or isolated on site, as travel restrictions typically would not allow otherwise. In extreme circumstances a student may be transported to another location, if health professionals judge it is necessary and restrictions allow it. Family of students who are infected should not expect to be able to visit students on site, as restrictions may not allow it. Especially for programs that travel to remote areas, travel times to medical facilities may be long, and you should consult the “Program Specific Risk Advisories” (found on the “On Site” page for each program), to assess if the level of risk is within your tolerance.
  • Will independent travel to other locations be allowed during the program?
  • If the circumstances warrant it, independent travel to other locations, especially to other countries, may be restricted during the program. This is to reduce the risk of infection to students who want to engage in independent travel, to avoid last-minute changes in travel restrictions that could strand students in other locations, and to limit the risks of transmission to other students, program instructors and staff, and the local community. We may also ask students to restrict their travel before programs begin. As always, students will be free to travel independently after the program has ended.
  • What will happen if I was counting on using a course offered in a cancelled program to make progress on completing my degree?
  • In addition to scheduling program cancellation decisions far enough in advance so that students have time to make alternative plans, we advise students, whenever possible, to register for on-campus courses as if they will not be studying abroad, in case their abroad program is cancelled. If a program is cancelled, Study Abroad staff will work with campus partners in academic departments, the Financial Aid Office and other offices to help with any challenges that may accompany the cancellation. We also recommend that you speak with your academic advisor before enrolling in the program about your academic plans and study abroad, to consider options if it turns out that your study abroad program must be cancelled.
  • Is it taking longer these days to get or renew a U.S. passport?
  • Yes, currently the processing time for obtaining new passports and renewing existing passports is significantly longer than usual, and you should plan accordingly. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State passport information for processing times.

More Resources 

We encourage students to monitor and assess the Coronavirus situation at the following resources:

We realize that decisions around study abroad may come during an already challenging and stressful time for students and we encourage students to reach out to important support resources, such as Student Health and Counseling Services.

Global Affairs and the Global Learning Hub remain committed to providing high quality and impactful global learning opportunities for all students. We are here to support you during these uncertain times.