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Important Notice

Eastern Illinois University has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on a global level and has taken appropriate actions in order to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of students doing a study abroad program. Below are updates and FAQs relevant to current/prospective study abroad students and faculty.

Spring and Summer 2020 Programs
Last updated: March 12, 2020
Which programs are canceled?
Effective March 12, 2020, all study and intern abroad programs are canceled until further notice. All spring 2020 students were recalled back 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. Similar to the United States, many countries have adopted similar policies, grounding flights and limiting inbound and outbound mobility. 
Will I get a refund?
Student applicants who paid a commitment deposit for study abroad summer 2020 programs will receive a full refund which will be disbursed directly to their EIU student accounts. It is expected that all students will receive their refunds before the second week of April. We strongly encourage all students to set up direct deposit with Student Accounts, as this will allow for the refund to go to their bank account, instead of receiving a refund check. The direct deposit form and instructions on how to file it can be found here.

Fall 2020 Study Abroad Programs
Last updated: April 1, 2020.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the current COVID-19 pandemic, all Fall 2020 study abroad programs are placed on hold. Students who have submitted their application should await further updates from the Office of Study Abroad this summer and are encouraged to consult with their EIU academic advisor about having a back-up academic plan. All Fall 2020 applicants will be informed on whether student mobility abroad will be permitted in this summer. Please make sure you regularly check your EIU email, including the spam/junk folder, as this is where you will be receiving updates as the semester commences.

Faculty Proposing New Programs
Last updated: April 1, 2020.
The Office of Study Abroad will be extending the deadline to submit faculty-led program proposals for 2021 programs to the end of May 2020, instead of April 3, 2020.  Faculty will be receiving an email in the upcoming week with more information regarding this deadline extension and the steps that need to be taken to initiate their proposals online.  Faculty who have any questions regarding faculty-led study abroad program proposals, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Tooy, Assistant Director of Study Abroad at 

Additional Resources
  • Eastern Illinois University’s website with general information about the coronavirus (COVID-19):
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Travel Health Notices & Traveler Information:
  • U.S. Department of State – Travel Advisories:

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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 Office of 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 Study Abroad Advisor to schedule an advising appointment at or (217) 581- 7355. Students will meet one-on-one with an OSA 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 and invites applications from qualified students at this time.