At UCI, students’ and faculty’s health and safety is our highest priority.
On August 24, 2020, UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman issued an Executive Directive strongly recommending that non-essential international travel be postponed.
Essential Travel is Travel that meets all three of the following criteria:
- Cannot be postponed; and
- Necessary to preserve patient/human research subject safety or results of research activities.
Essential student and trainee travel (clinical and non-clinical) is defined as that which cannot be postponed and is necessary to meet a graduation requirement.
This policy applies to both incoming international students and UCI students, considering studying abroad.
UCI students interested in studying abroad may have to submit a request for an exception no earlier than 4 months before their expected travel date as a part of their application form. Please proceed with the process on our Deadlines page if you wish to submit an application and receive a request for an exception.
While international travel is currently restricted, the Study Abroad Center continues to educate and support students and faculty to plan and engage in international activities when travel is possible. Although the current restrictions are temporarily limiting travel for all of us, study abroad will once again be an opportunity in the future.
We recognize that a lot of preparation goes into planning your study abroad, we want you to know that we are here to support you in achieving your dream of experiencing the world through study abroad, and we encourage you to contact us to discuss these exciting and important opportunities in the future.
The Study Abroad Center offers virtual advising with students and faculty via zoom. Please use our online appointment system to schedule a student advising appointment. To discuss faculty-led customized programs, please contact the Director of Study Abroad Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Because of the fluid nature of the pandemic, this directive is in effect until further notice.