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COVID-19 and study abroad FAQ

Updated March 26, 2020, 6 a.m.

How is the University of Missouri monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?

The MU Working Group on COVID-19 and International Mobility, which includes the Office of International Health, Safety and Security, is monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 around the world. To assess risks related to study abroad and university-related international travel, we use a variety of resources, including governmental agencies, news reports, reports from MU’s international security provider, and professional health and security organizations. University updates can be found on the MU Alert website and International Center travel alerts page.

How does MU make decisions about its study abroad programs?

We take guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State. When making decisions about specific programs, we also consider local conditions and input from peer institutions and overseas partners.

What changes has MU made to its study abroad programs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak?

In accordance with the MU student international travel policy, all university-sponsored student travel abroad is prohibited at this time. We have canceled all study abroad programs for spring, spring break and summer 2020. We will not consider appeals for study abroad or university-related international travel will the Department of State global level 4 health advisory is in place.

MU is recommending all students return to their homes immediately or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time. We are aware that local and international travel is increasingly challenging due to transportation disruptions or cancellations, as well as rapidly changing immigration regulations and border restrictions. The university will work with students to minimize disruptions to their academic progress during any isolation periods.

We will continue to monitor information from the CDC, World Health Organization, Department of State, World Aware (AlertTraveler) and other resources, and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Who will MU contact with updates?

We will contact students abroad directly with updates. We also reach out to students’ designated emergency contacts if the student has signed a release giving us permission to share program information with their contact. In most cases, we will not contact the emergency contact except in very specific situations, such as when a student has been incapacitated or cannot be reached.

How can I obtain more information about study abroad or university-related international travel and the COVID-19 situation?

All members of the University of Missouri community can find updates on the MU Alert website and International Center travel alerts page.