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Important Notice

Eastern Illinois University has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) global pandemic and has taken appropriate actions in order to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of students completing a study abroad program. Below are updates and FAQs relevant to study abroad students. 

Fall 2020 Study Abroad Programs
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 will not be supporting any study abroad learning activities in the fall. 

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. We 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.

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 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 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 and invites applications from qualified students at this time.