Study Abroad FAQs
Study Abroad FAQs
We know that many students and their families have questions about the status of study abroad programs. We hope the information below will help answer your questions as you make plans for your term abroad. Please email your study abroad advisor at any time with specific questions.
Special Note: This webpage is for students who plan to participate on a program offered through the UNC Study Abroad Office (SAO).
Decisions about Program Viability
Study Abroad operations continue to be fluid as we navigate the next phases of the global pandemic. Programs in countries with a Department of State Travel Advisory at level 3 or higher will be subject to further review and approval.
The Study Abroad Office will make decisions on the basis of global public health indicators; the ability of U.S. travelers to enter and depart the host country; availability of commercial flights; public health protocols, access to local health care, student support services at the program site; and other relevant factors.
Timeline for 2024 programs
|SAO notifies students of scholarship awards
|Deadline for students to commit to program
|UNC Placeholder course registration begins
|Financial Aid packaging & billing begins
|late March/early April
*Spring 2024 deadline extended to September 12
Frequently Asked Questions
- Students are expected to research these requirements and understand that requirements may change between the time of application and the program dates. Contact your advisor if you have questions about the requirements.
- Students are required to be in compliance with such requirements as of their program start date (including completion of periods of quarantine);
- Students are responsible for any expenses associated with complying with host country COVID-19 requirements.
Foreign governments and local municipalities may implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously low risk (U.S. Dept. of State).
COVID-19 travel restrictions that could disrupt your participation in a program include:
- negative test results required for entry,
- possible mandatory quarantines or periods of self-isolation, and
- negative test results or vaccination status for entry to many public buildings or restaurants.
Getting an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination is the best way for members of the Carolina community to protect themselves and others at home and abroad, and to stop the spread of the virus.
If the program is cancelled during the application phase:
Once you submit your applications to study abroad, the $50 application fee is not refundable.
If the program is cancelled after students have been accepted and have signed the Study Abroad Contract:
After you are accepted to study abroad, and you have signed the Study Abroad Contract, you should be aware of the following financial obligations:
Administrative Fee: The administrative fee is non-refundable and will be charged to a student’s account only after committing to a program. Please note that you will remain responsible for the administrative fee if you decide to withdraw from the program.
However, the Study Abroad Office will return the full administrative fee if the program is cancelled by UNC or the host organization before the program start date.
For detailed information about the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, please visit https://studyabroad.unc.edu/unc-study-abroad-fee/
Tuition & Fees/Program Costs: We will work with partner institutions and organizations abroad to refund partial charges when possible. Once the program has begun, most program costs are not recoverable, including tuition and program fees. Please review the Study Abroad Office cancellation and withdrawal information at https://studyabroad.unc.edu/cancellation-withdrawal-information-and-refunds-for-unc-study-abroad-programs/
Housing: If you pay housing costs out of pocket and a program is suspended early, you should request prorated refunds from the housing agency directly. If housing costs are included in the study abroad program costs, the Study Abroad Office will request a prorated refund on your behalf. Some (but not all) study abroad partner organizations are able to prorate housing costs and offer partial refunds if the program is terminated before the original end–date.
GeoBlue fee and health insurance: You will receive a refund of the Blue Cross Blue Shield GeoBlue insurance fee based on the date you return to the U.S., if you return before the original program end-date. Upon their early return, U.S. citizens and international students who have a visa to resume studies at Carolina mid-semester become eligible to obtain the Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue health care available to Carolina students.
Deposits paid to host organizations/program providers: Students should contact the provider for options. Any refunds will be at the discretion of the provider.
- the program in which you are participating,
- the type of credit you are pursuing,
- the timing of the cancellation,
- options for continuing coursework remotely, and
- timing relative to your program dates and on-campus enrollment.
The Study Abroad Office and Academic Advising will work with you individually to help you stay on track for graduation.
Email your study abroad advisor or email@example.com and let us know how we can help.