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 Guide 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 hoping to study abroad. Berkeley Study Abroad 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 2/24/2021  2:30 PM PT
Spring 2021

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges related to health concerns and international travel. On December 4th, 2020, UCEAP made the difficult decision to cancel all Spring 2021 programs in all locations. Applicants/Nominees for the canceled programs have been contacted directly via email by the UCEAP Director’s Office. 

More details around this decision, including a Letter from UCEAP Executive Director, can be found here:
https://uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/coronavirus-notice

 

What other options do I have if I wish to study abroad in spring 2021?

Students who feel that spring 2021 is an appropriate term for them to study abroad should explore Independent Study Abroad options. Independent Study Abroad programs are offered at the purview of the provider or the host university. Please inquire directly with the provider about the availability of the program in Spring 2021.

Summer 2021

 

Please note that the Berkeley Study Abroad office works with a variety of programs, and information regarding the availability of these programs is outlined below. Offerings and application requirements, processes, and deadlines for the 2021-22 cycle vary by program.

We encourage you to research each option and identify which one most closely aligns with your needs and goals. You are also welcome to set up an advising appointment to discuss your options.

 

Berkeley Global Internships & Berkeley Summer Abroad

Berkeley Global Internships programs will be offered virtually for Summer 2021.

A selection of Berkeley Summer Abroad programs will be offered virtually in 2021. 

 

University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges related to health concerns and international travel. On February 22nd, 2021, UCEAP announced the difficult decision to cancel all in-person Summer 2021 programs in all locations. Virtual Summer programs will continue as detailed on the UCEAP COVID-19 website

 

Other Summer Opportunities

Review the Berkeley Summer Opportunities Resource Catalogue for a general overview of summer opportunities available to UC Berkeley students.

You may consider applying to programs hosted by other UC campuses. Some options include:

UCLA

 

UC Davis

 

UC Santa Cruz

 

UC San Diego

 

If the options above do not suit your needs, you may consider Independent Study Abroad as an option. Independent Study Abroad programs are offered at the purview of the provider or the host university. Please inquire directly with the provider about the availability of the program.

Fall 2021 and beyond

Will UCEAP study abroad programs be available for Fall 2021 or Year 2021-2022?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges related to health concerns and international travel. Select University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) programs are expected to proceed for Fall 2021, the 2021-2022 Academic Year, and Spring 2022 in the 2021-22 cycle. UCEAP is continuously updating their website's Coronavirus Notice with up-to-date information on program cancellations and alternative offerings for the 2021-22 cycle. 


The application deadlines for the Fall 2021 and Year 2021-22 programs have passed.

 

Will UCEAP study abroad programs be available for Spring 2022?

Most UCEAP Spring 2022 programs are currently slated to proceed as scheduled. We encourage you to research each option and identify which one most closely aligns with your needs and goals. You can view the upcoming program deadlines on the BSA Explore Grid, including instructions on how to apply. Students can begin to submit their full application on the Berkeley Study Abroad portal starting March 8th, 2021. For those who are starting to explore study abroad options, we welcome you to set up an advising appointment with a Peer Adviser. Detailed program-related questions can be discussed with a staff Adviser.   

 

What are my other options to study abroad in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022?

Independent Study Abroad programs are offered at the purview of the provider or the host university. Please inquire directly with the provider about the availability of the program.

 

Should I still apply to study abroad given the uncertainties of COVID?

Applications are due months before a program begins, which means that if you would like to keep study abroad as an option for yourself for Spring 2022, it may benefit you to consider applying. 


We encourage all students to inform themselves of deadlines to withdraw from a program, the financial consequences for doing so before or after such deadlines, and any deposits or application fees before starting an application. For instance, UCEAP programs do not have an application fee and each program has a unique deadline to withdraw before financial penalties are incurred. 

 

Academic Planning

We encourage you to talk with your major and college advisers early on about how study abroad fits into your plan to graduation. You can read more about academic considerations and policies for receiving breadth and major credit while studying abroad in the academics section of our website. During these times of uncertainty, we also recommend that you discuss a backup plan with your academic advisor. This includes enrolling in Berkeley courses for Fall and Spring semester until a final decision has been made regarding a future study abroad program. 

 

Passport Information (for US Passports)

Previously, the Department of State had reduced services due to COVID-19, they have now indicated that they are again offering normal (10-12 week) processing times for passports and expedited processing times of 4-6 weeks. Please note that due to nationwide variations in staffing and temporary closures of some facilities due to COVID-19 cases, a small percentage of routine applications are taking longer than 12 weeks to process. Most acceptance facilities such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries are open and accepting passport applications. You are encouraged to apply by mail when possible because it is a safe, contactless option for certain services. In-person appointments are still reserved for those with travel for life and death emergencies within the next 72 hours or 3 business days. Please see the Passport Operations page for the most up to date information. 


If your passport is currently valid, please check to ensure it will be valid through the duration required by your program to determine if you need to renew at this time. Applicants to the UCEAP program will see on the UCEAP application how long your passport must be valid after the end date of the program. If you have already applied for your passport, you can check your status of your passport application here.


Be sure to check the Department of State's Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19 website for the latest guidance.