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EIU's William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) global pandemic. The health and safety of students is our primary focus. As such, effective March 12, 2020, all study and intern abroad programs are canceled until further notice. All spring 2020 students were recalled to the United States due to the widespread global transmission of COVID-19. These decisions were made due to the issuance of a Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel from the U.S. Department of State. Subsequently, as of April 1, the United States issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel for all countries. This has resulted in various state and international lockdowns, limited traveler mobility, quarantines, and border restrictions. Most countries have adopted similar policies, grounded flights and started limiting inbound and outbound mobility. 

Please see below for information and updates related to EIU study abroad programs for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Fall 2020 Study Abroad (Last updated: June 18, 2020)
Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, EIU has cancelled all Fall 2020 study abroad programs. The William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad is not supporting study abroad learning activities this fall. 


Spring 2021 Study Abroad (Last updated: August 23, 2020)
The William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad is not supporting study abroad learning activities this upcoming spring.*
 
Summer 2021 Study Abroad (Last updated: August 23, 2020)
New summer programs, application, and scholarship deadlines will be announced by October 1, 2020.
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Final program decisions (whether safe to run or not) will be made by February 1, 2021.*
*Subject to change.

The William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad is cautiously optimistic that study abroad learning activities will be allowed to resume in summer 2021. It is not too early to start planning and we encourage students to do so now. Please click on a study abroad program type below to begin searching through available programs at EIU. 

To schedule a virtual appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor, or to request a classroom 'visit', please email goabroad@eiu.edu. 

 

Eastern Illinois University Study Abroad

Making the decision to study abroad is life-changing. More than 300,000 U.S. college students study abroad on an annual basis. This includes the 100-200 EIU students who take part each year. Study after study shows the correlation between international experience and higher employability rates, higher salaries, expanded academic and professional networks, and increased self-confidence, among many other benefits.

EIU's William V. Weber Program in Study Abroad is here to help students every step of the way. Students determined to study abroad, or those who would simply like more information are encouraged to contact a WWSA Advisor to schedule an advising appointment at goabroad@eiu.edu or (217) 581- 7355. Students will meet one-on-one with a WWSA Advisor to discuss student learning goals, learn about available program options, the application process, financing options, and the payment/registration process. Students are expected to discuss study abroad plans with their academic advisor during the early stages of planning.

EIU encourages all eligible students to consider participating in international education during their academic career.

Additional Resources Related to COVID-19

Eastern Illinois University COVID-19 general information:https://www.eiu.edu/covid/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Travel Health Notices & Traveler Information:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
U.S. Department of State – Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html