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 5/5/2022  4:00 PM PT
Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Year 2022-23, Spring 2023

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 2022-23 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.

Will programs be offered in-person or virtually?

Berkeley Global Internships & Berkeley Summer Abroad

A selection of Berkeley Global Internships programs Berkeley Summer Abroad programs will be in person for summer 2022.  There will also be planned virtual options offered in summer 2022.


University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

UCEAP programs traditionally offered in-person are expected to proceed as in-person offerings.  There are also programs designed to be offered virtually.  Any program cancelations or changes to offerings will be noted on the UCEAP Coronavirus Notice webpage. Students can view which UCEAP programs will be offered on the Explore tab.

Have any summer, fall, year 2022-23 programs been impacted by COVID-related cancelations?

Yes, select summer 2022, fall 2022, year 2022-23, and spring 2023 programs have been impacted by cancelations due to COVID. In most cases, cancelations are due to host countries' border restrictions, local program providers' decision to cancel, or a lack of confidence in getting visas or student travel requirements settled in time before the start of the program. For many other destinations where BSA & UCEAP sends students, study abroad is finding ways to support students while disruptions occur.

What are my other options to study abroad?

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.


Planning for Study Abroad in COVID times

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

Yes, we encourage interested students to proceed with planning and applying for a study abroad program. Applications are due months before a program begins, which means that if you would like to keep study abroad as an option, 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.  Applicants to the Berkeley Summer Abroad and Berkeley Global Internships programs will be billed a $400 deposit at the time of application. If admitted to the Summer Abroad or Global Internships program, your deposit will be applied to the cost of your program fee. Please note that the Summer Abroad and Global Internships deposit is non-refundable.

Is there a possibility that my program is canceled due to COVID?

Berkeley Study Abroad and UCEAP International Health, Safety and Emergency Response monitor global health and safety situations carefully. For that reason, it is possible that UC Berkeley, UCEAP, the host university, and/or the program provider may choose to cancel or alter programs at any time due to health and safety concerns.

    Should I apply to more than one program in case my top choice is impacted by COVID cancelations?

    No. We ask that you only apply for one program per participation period.

    Can I switch to another option if my program is canceled due to COVID?

    If a program gets canceled due to COVID, Berkeley Study Abroad (and UCEAP, where applicable) will do our best to accommodate you into another program where possible at that time. 

    How can I better inform myself about travel recommendations?

    We recommend that you regularly monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID Travel Recommendations by Destination and the US Department of State's Travel Advisories for your destination throughout the pre-departure and on site-phases of participation. Some countries may require students to quarantine after arrival. If this is the case, you will be informed of quarantine dates and requirements. For financial aid recipients, costs associated with quarantine will be considered a part of the study abroad financial aid package.

    Academic Planning

    We encourage you to talk with your major and college advisers early on about how study abroad fits into your plan for 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 your term planned abroad until a final decision has been made regarding the study abroad program. 

    Passport Information (for US Passports)

    The Department of State has reduced services due to COVID-19. At this time, they have now indicated that they are offering normal processing times for passports of up to 8 to 11 weeks and expedited processing times of up to 5 to 7 weeks weeks. 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 the status of your passport application.

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

    Travel Insurance

    UCEAP participants can read more about the student travel insurance policy on the Health and Safety page of the UCEAP website.
    Summer Abroad and Global Internships students can read more about the student travel insurance policy on the Student Travel Insurance page of the UC Berkeley Risk Services website.