COVID-19: MU cancels study abroad programs and university-related student international travel for summer 2020

March 19, 2020


Updated July 30, 2020, 7 p.m.

MU International Programs, along with the rest of the university, has been continually monitoring COVID-19. The U.S. Department of State has issued a global level 4 health advisory and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a global level 3 travel warning. In light on the current situation and in accordance with the MU Student International Travel Policy, all university-sponsored study abroad programs and university-related student international travel for summer 2020 have been canceled. This includes August programs.

While the Department of State global level 4 health advisory is in place, students may submit appeals to the Student Travel Abroad Review Committee for study abroad or university-related international travel; however, students should expect that approvals will be rare.

Study abroad students will not be charged for any program expenses billed by MU. If you had applied to an affiliated program, please follow-up with that provider regarding billing. If you have already purchased airfare for your program, we ask that you cancel your ticket and ask for a full refund from the airline. If you are unable to do that, or you have to pay cancellation fees, keep all receipts and notify your study abroad adviser.

We recognize that this is a great disappointment, and our hope is that you will have another opportunity to go abroad in the future. If you need to find alternate course options for this summer, please contact your academic adviser.