Coronavirus (COVID-19): The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. Please see current information and updates related to study abroad programs.

Berkeley Study Abroad is currently offering virtual services. Please see our Advising Schedule for more information.

COVID-19 Information for Berkeley Study Abroad Students

There is no doubt that this is an unprecedented, stressful time for students and families of students studying abroad, even in countries where COVID-19 transmission risk is considered low. Our staff is committed to your well-being and we are here to support you. We will continue to update the resources provided here as information becomes available. Our advising staff is available to assist in navigating and connecting you to the resources you need as quickly as possible.
Last updated 3/19/2020  6:00 PM PST
Students Currently Abroad

 

There are no campus-based study abroad programs operating in the Spring 2020 semester. However, Berkeley Study Abroad currently supports more than 400 students studying abroad through the system-wide UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). UCEAP has suspended programs in countries with a CDC Level 3 Health Notice.

As Department of State and CDC updates are released, UCEAP will make decisions about programs in other countries. UCEAP updates can be tracked on the following webpage: https://uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/coronavirus-notice

If you have questions about your UCEAP program, please reach out to your UCEAP Program Specialist. You may find contact information for your UCEAP Program Specialist on UCEAP’s website.

Things to know:

•Please refer to the University Health Services Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page, and guidance for students planning to visit or return to Berkeley from an area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19.

•Seek medical care if you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing. For assistance, contact your local program staff, the UCEAP emergency number (805) 893-4762, or the emergency assistance provider, United Healthcare Global, 1 (410) 453-6330 or email assistance@uhcglobal.com.

•Questions about health and safety on your study abroad program should first be directed to your local program staff and/or the UCEAP systemwide office.

•If your UCEAP program is suspended, you will receive instructions from UCEAP to activate your travel insurance to book a return flight, and any other instructions pertaining to departure from your program site.

•Every possible effort will be made to accomodate students on suspended programs in completing academic coursework remotely, however options will vary by host university or program site.

•If you are studying abroad through an Independent Study Abroad program and have questions about your Planned Leave Status in the event of a program suspension, contact Barbara Tassielli at tass@berkeley.edu.

Summer 2020 Berkeley Summer Abroad and Berkeley Global Internships Applicants

 

A number of operational challenges to study abroad have emerged as a result of the measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. These operational difficulties will impact Berkeley Study Abroad’s ability to deliver the high-quality programming and academic immersion experience our students deserve. Weighing these operational challenges with the profound impact that late program cancellations might have on students has led to the unfortunate decision to suspend all international and domestic Berkeley Summer Abroad and Global Internship programs for 2020. This includes domestic locations of the Global Internship Program in Boston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

All applicants will receive a full refund of the $400 program deposit, including those who requested cancellation prior to the program cancellation announcement.

Please note, the decision to continue or suspend UCEAP Fall 2020 programs will be made by the UCEAP systemwide office in consultation with the University of California Office of the President. These programs are operationally separate from Berkeley Summer Abroad and Global Internships. See the section "Fall 2020 UCEAP Applicants” for additional details.

We at Berkeley Study Abroad are deeply saddened by the cancelation of our programs and regret the disruption this will cause to students, their families, and our partners. Below are details intended to assist in moving forward with alternate plans for summer 2020.

Questions about Travel:

If you have already purchased flights, please contact your airline provider to inquire about a refund. You may be subject to cancellation, or change fees but many are expanding their policies related to Coronavirus.

Questions about Academic Planning:

Please reach out to your College Adviser for assistance with academic planning. If you need additional units during the Summer 2020 term to stay on track to graduation, please raise this issue in your communication with your College Adviser. If you are on the Summer 2020 degree list, request a degree audit to confirm the requirements you have left to satisfy.

If you had planned to use courses on Global Internships to satisfy major or minor requirements, also reach out to your major or minor advisers to discuss alternative courses and/or terms to complete the requirements.

Questions about Financial Aid and Scholarships:

If you wish to take on-campus or online Berkeley courses in Summer 2020, please consult the Financial Aid Estimator in your CalCentral account. The Financial Aid Estimator is a helpful tool to understand your potential aid package and can be found by:

  • •Logging into CalCentral, and navigating to the My Finances tab
  • •Find the "Financial Resources" section (on a full screen this is the column on the far right)
  • •Click on "Summer Sessions" to expand
  • •Click on "Summer Cost and Aid Estimator"

If you have any summer financial aid-related questions, refer to the Berkeley Summer Financial Aid webpage, and contact Cal Student Central with your unanswered questions.

Questions about Housing:

If you decide to stay in Berkeley for the Summer 2020 term and need summer housing options, please contact Cal Housing at reshall@berkeley.edu. The Cal Housing team can assist you with options.

Cal Housing is now offering a $200 discount for students who enroll in 12 weeks of summer housing.

Mental Health Resources:

Counselors at University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center are available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns: Counseling and Psychological Services website or (510) 642-9494 (after hours counseling line (855) 817-5667).

Other campus well-being resources:

Please visit deanofstudents.berkeley.edu/well-being. For help navigating our many resources, please contact: deanofstudents@berkeley.edu.

Other Summer Opportunities:

We understand your disappointment and are here to support you. Please let us know if there are other ways we can better assist you during this challenging time. Given your program cancellation, please know that advisors are available to discuss your options: http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/advising.

Summer 2020 UCEAP Applicants

 

Given the uncertainties caused by the continued impact of COVID-19, UCEAP has made the difficult decision to suspend all summer 2020 programs.

We at Berkeley Study Abroad are deeply saddened by the cancelation of our programs and regret the disruption this will cause to students, their families, and our partners. Below are details intended to assist in moving forward with alternate plans for summer 2020.

Questions about Travel:

If you have already purchased flights, please contact your airline provider to inquire about a refund. You may be subject to cancellation or change fees, but many are expanding their policies related to Coronavirus.

Questions about Academic Planning:

Please reach out to your College Adviser for assistance with academic planning. If you need additional units during the Summer 2020 term to stay on track to graduation, please raise this issue in your communication with your College Adviser. If you are on the Summer 2020 degree list, request a degree audit to confirm the requirements you have left to satisfy.

If you had planned to use courses on your EAP Program to satisfy major or minor requirements, also reach out to your major or minor advisers to discuss alternative courses and/or terms to complete the requirements.

Questions about Financial Aid and Scholarships:

If you wish to take on-campus or online Berkeley courses in Summer 2020, please consult the Financial Aid Estimator in your CalCentral account. The Financial Aid Estimator is a helpful tool to understand your potential aid package and can be found by:

  • •Logging into CalCentral, and navigating to the My Finances tab
  • •Find the "Financial Resources" section (on a full screen this is the column on the far right)
  • •Click on "Summer Sessions" to expand
  • •Click on "Summer Cost and Aid Estimator"

If you have any summer financial aid-related questions, refer to the Berkeley Summer Financial Aid webpage, and contact Cal Student Central with your unanswered questions.

Questions about Housing:

If you decide to stay in Berkeley for the Summer 2020 term and need summer housing options, please contact Cal Housing at reshall@berkeley.edu. The Cal Housing team can assist you with options.

Cal Housing is now offering a $200 discount for students who enroll in 12 weeks of summer housing.

Mental Health Resources:

Counselors at University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center are available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns: Counseling and Psychological Services website or (510) 642-9494 (after hours counseling line (855) 817-5667).

Other campus well-being resources:

Please visit deanofstudents.berkeley.edu/well-being. For help navigating our many resources, please contact: deanofstudents@berkeley.edu.

Other Summer Opportunities:

We understand your disappointment and are here to support you. Please let us know if there are other ways we can better assist you during this challenging time. Given your program cancellation, please know that advisors are available to discuss your options: http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/advising.

Fall 2020 UCEAP Applicants

 

UCEAP monitors disease outbreaks worldwide 24/7 through the CDC and World Health Organization, partner universities, UC Study Centers, and host country resources. UCEAP works closely with the University of California Student Health Services and the Office of the President Risk Services. COVID-19 updates for UCEAP participants are found at:

https://uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/coronavirus-notice

If a program has to be suspended pre-departure, UCEAP will reach out to students immediately. In the case of a program suspension, students will be advised on any potential program switches or will be withdrawn with no financial penalty.

Please follow these guidelines in your planning:

•Check immigration (visa) and travel restrictions for your country of participation. In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries (including the US) have implemented entry restrictions. Students should take this into consideration when deciding where they travel to before their program, including which airports to transit through.

•We strongly recommend purchasing refundable and changeable round-trip fares, which allow travelers to make changes to travel dates for a fee and provide trip cancelation protection.

•Do not make travel arrangements until program dates are posted in the Participants Portal. All students must arrive by the Official UCEAP Start Date. Program dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances. Students are responsible for making modifications to their travel itinerary to accommodate such changes.

•For UCEAP students, do not make travel arrangements until an admission offer from the partner university is received. Final admission is decided by the partner.

Students Returning from Suspended Programs

 

Please let us know if there are other ways we can better assist you in your transition back to Berkeley during this challenging time.

 

Questions about Self-Quarantine:

The CDC is continually updating its recommendations for after-travel health precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).You may not return to campus during this 14-day period. Please contact the resources below by phone or email. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control website for updates on recommendations for self-quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.

Faculty, staff and students returning to Berkeley from impacted countries should contact University Health Services for guidance and any questions regarding their return. Also review this information for guidance for those returning from areas with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

 

Questions about accessing University Health Services:

University Health Services (UHS) has a useful FAQ page with details on how to stay healthy and what to do if you think you may be sick. If you think you may be sick, and are not sure whether you need to come in, call the Nurse Advice Line (24/7) at (510) 643-7197. Additional Resources:

Managing Fear PDF:

https://uhs.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/fearsanxiety-coronavirus.pdf

Staying Healthy link:

https://uhs.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/staying-healthy-hygiene-mental-health-resources

University updates:

https://uhs.berkeley.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Mental health counseling:

Counselors at University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center are available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns: Counseling and Psychological Services website or (510) 642-9494 (after hours counseling line (855) 817-5667).

 

Questions about Academic Planning:

The Berkeley Study Abroad office will send rosters of students impacted by study abroad suspensions to undergraduate deans and advising offices of all colleges.

Students in the College of Letters & Science can contact Heidi Church (heidichurch@berkeley.edu, last names A through L) or Greg Cera (gregcera@berkeley.edu, last names M through Z), L&S advisers for UCEAP participants. Greg and Heidi will guide you in your academic planning to accommodate the disruption to your studies. For students in the College of Chemistry, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Natural Resource, or Haas School of Business, please reach out to your College Adviser for assistance with academic planning.

If your UCEAP or Berkeley Study Abroad program is suspended and you have a declared major or minor in CalCentral, Berkeley Study Abroad will also contact your major/minor adviser with an update of the academic options outlined by the program provider. If you plan to use coursework from study abroad to fulfill a major or minor requirement, we recommend that you reach out to your adviser for any additional steps needed to receive credit.

If you need additional units during the Spring 2020 term to stay on track to graduation, please raise this issue in your communication with your College Adviser. 

 

Questions about U.S. visas and re-entry to the U.S.:

International Students in F-1 or J-1 U.S. student visa status who are currently studying abroad and impacted by the suspension of their EAP program should contact Berkeley International Office (BIO) before taking any next steps to return to the US, reduce enrollment or withdraw. Please keep in mind that withdrawing or reducing your enrollment will have an impact on your U.S. visa status. Please contact Erin Skelly, Assistant Director for Student Services at Berkeley International Office: eskelly@berkeley.edu.

For those planning to return to resume immediate full-time studies: See BIO’s Travel & Re-Entry webpage for information regarding current travel advisories, required re-entry travel documents, and tips on re-entering the United States. If your F-1 or J-1 visa has expired, and you need to renew your visa, also review the Applying for a Visa page. Keep in mind that visa renewals may be impacted by consulate closures and processing delays.

 

Questions about Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Program specific financial information will be sent to all participants on suspended programs. However, if you have any financial aid-related questions, including about impacts to your financial aid, or about emergency loans, please contact Cal Student Central as soon as possible: studentcentral.berkeley.edu.

 

Questions about Basic Needs support:

The Basic Needs Center serves as a resource hub for undergraduate and graduate students who need support around their food, housing and financial needs. Services include case management, emergency housing, CalFresh and emergency food resources, as well as basic needs drop-in services. If you or someone you know is in immediate need of emergency food, housing or financial resources, please email basicneedssupport@berkeley.edu or call (510) 859-7507 (MON-FRI 9-6 PM) for immediate support. More information can be found at basicneeds.berkeley.edu.

 

Questions about Housing:

If you are returning to Berkeley now and need housing options, please contact Cal Housing at reshall@berkeley.edu. The Cal Housing team can assist you with options.

 

Other campus well-being resources:

Please visit deanofstudents.berkeley.edu/well-being. For help navigating our many resources, please contact: deanofstudents@berkeley.edu.