Can I make an appointment to speak with an IUP advisor?
Sure can! We’d like for you to go to a workshop first, on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Then email email@example.com for an appointment.
My fall 2021 semester abroad program departs after the start of IUP’s fall semester. What happens if I withdraw or the program is canceled?
We will keep in contact with you during the summer to ensure two-way communication is constant. We will recommend that all fall outbound students also register at IUP in the event the study abroad program does not continue. Once it is determined your overseas program will proceed, we will drop your IUP schedule.
If my education abroad program is canceled or I voluntarily withdraw from my program, will I receive a refund?
If your program provider or host institution cancels the program prior to the start of their semester, program deposits will be refunded. Note that non-recoverable costs such as visas, immunizations, or flights will not be reimbursed by IUP.
If you voluntarily withdraw from your program prior to the start of their semester, program deposits may or may not be refunded; but it will depend on individual program policies. Non-recoverable costs such as visas, immunizations, or flights will not be refunded. Be sure to confirm the refund policy of your program and factor this timeline into your decision-making about the semester.
Is it possible to go abroad this summer?
It is possible for students to study abroad during the summer; however, there are challenges associated with several overseas locations that will limit availability. This will continue to be monitored and discussions with the OIE are imperative.
Which programs are currently planning to run for the fall 2021 semester? Have any programs been suspended?
Please refer to the Student Portal listings. These will be updated frequently.
I’m interested in studying abroad, but I’m worried my program will be canceled. Should I still apply?
Yes—sure there is no risk to applying. Just your time!
I heard there are issues with getting a passport. Is that true?
If you do not currently have a passport or your passport will expire within six months of your expected return from your semester abroad, you should contact the OIE as soon as possible. Passport processing times are currently longer than normal, and you may possibility not get your passport in time to travel and/or apply for appropriate visas. Visit the US State Department for the most up-to-date information.
Flights are cheap now—should I buy a ticket?
Do not purchase your flight until your program confirms with you that you should proceed with this purchase. When you are ready to purchase your ticket, the OIE recommends that you purchase refundable/flexible tickets that allows for you to cancel and/or change due to the pandemic.
Will I need to get vaccinated before studying abroad in the fall 2021 semester?
At this time, it is too soon to know what and who will require a vaccine record to travel. Keep in contact with your program provider and the US Department of State for regulations about each country’s requirements.
Is it possible that IUP will make a decision that students cannot study abroad even if a program (provider or independent) is running?
Yes, it is possible. The safety of IUP students is a priority. IUP reserves the right to make decisions about study abroad in the best interest of our students. Decisions to cancel programs, delay program start dates, or modify programs are based on a balance of many areas, including international health news, health and safety advisories, restrictions, and input from our program providers and host universities.
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