The Study Abroad Center is closely monitoring responses to the new COVID-19 Omicron variant. We are in close communications with the UC Office of the President, UCEAP and colleagues throughout the UC system, as well as government and local contacts. Thank you for monitoring your email for further updates from UCI and your host institutions.
COVID-19 cases were already rising in countries going into winter season, resulting in travel restrictions, mask mandates, and lockdowns. Add to this the uncertainty of Omicron and all this means hospitals may be crowded, protests against restrictions may break out, and you may find it more difficult to travel. We appreciate your flexibility and encourage you to consider contingency plans in this ever-changing environment.
While much is still unknown about Omicron, here are some tips for responding to the changing situation while you are abroad:
- Continue to follow CDC prevention strategies, and local guidance in your host country, which may include a booster vaccination. UCI requires vaccination or exemption, and vaccines remain an important measure of protection.
- Double check your travel plans. If you were planning to travel outside your host country, we advise that you reconsider those plans in light of rapidly changing entry requirements or travel restrictions. The UC Travel Insurance provides some support for travelers who are required to isolate or quarantine due to a positive test. Stay in touch with friends and family, who may be concerned about your whereabouts and well-being.
- Finally, as protest events against government mandates continue, we encourage you to avoid such large gatherings. We also remind you to be vigilant for yourself and your companions to the potential for identity-based violence and xenophobia. In the event you or someone you know is the victim of violence, please reach out to someone responsible for your program or at UCI for assistance.
In June 2021, the University of California Office of the President authorized University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) to resume operating select study abroad programs according to its risk management plan beginning with fall 2021 and 2021-22 terms. Select UCEAP programs are expected to proceed for Academic Year 2021-22 and beyond. UCEAP is continuously updating their website’s Coronavirus Notice with up-to-date information on program cancellations and alternative offerings.
Other options to study abroad?
Independent Programs are offered at the purview of the study abroad provider or the host university. Please inquire directly with the provider about the availability of the program.
Independent International Activities
All UCI students seeking to travel abroad independently with UCI sponsorship or funding must receive advanced approval and risk review per UCI Student International Activities Policy & Procedure approved in January 2020. To begin this process, visit the Independent International Activities page.
UCI International Travel Policy
All UC travel suspensions related to COVID-19 were rescinded in April 2021; UCI student travel reverted back to the UCI policy on Student International Activities of January 2020.
We want to thank you again for your conscientious work in helping to safeguard the health and safety of the UCI community and our partners around the world during the UC systemwide travel suspension.