Study Abroad Updates

Updated: 1:00 p.m. on 3/14/20

UCEAP Suspended Programs

Updates and suspended programs can be found on the UCEAP website.

Academic Options

Students have all received different academic options from UCEAP in response to program suspensions. 

All students, regardless of academic option, should be communicating with UCEAP to complete the Academic Disposition of Coursework form. Contact UCEAP with any questions regarding this process.

UCSC Study Abroad will work closely with the Office of Registrar, Financial Aid, and campus advisors to adjust student statuses according to the academic option they choose. We will take the necessary steps once UCEAP has shared the Academic Disposition of Coursework forms with us. UCSC campus advisors are aware of UCEAP program suspensions and are ready to assist students with any support needed.  UCEAP will continue to provide students information directly about finances and program refunds.

Waiver Options

Note: if you are considering staying abroad on your program, as it is important to understand what you are agreeing to.

UCEAP has offered a waiver option that enables some students to stay abroad despite the program suspension. While we discourage this option due to the current CDC, U.S. Department of State and UCOP travel advisories and travel bans, it is ultimately your choice. Should you sign the waiver and choose to stay, students should understand:

  • Students will only be covered by the UCEAP insurance for eligible illness/accident occurrence only for 31 days after your official program suspension date. After that, students will be unenrolled and without insurance abroad, unless they are covered by another plan. If students plan to remain abroad longer than 31 days, they can purchase voluntary extension insurance through UCEAP. Purchasing voluntary extension insurance must be done within the 31-day period before current coverage ends. Issues with online enrollment or questions can be directed to Olivia Wu,
  • Students may be required to find their own housing abroad. The host institution may or may not allow students to remain in university housing.
  • Students may or may not be able to apply for UCSC financial aid. 
  • If the academic option chosen requires students to complete a pre-departure withdrawal from UCEAP, UCSC Study Abroad will work with students to complete a Leave of Absence from UCSC spring quarter.

We STRONGLY encourage students to check in with us before choosing the waiver option to fully understand the implications of this choice so informed decisions can be made.

Spring Housing

Students returning from suspended programs that need campus housing for spring quarter 2020 can access the housing application

Please contact Housing with any questions.


Students are required to self-quarantine and practice social distancing for 14 days after their return to the U.S. from high-risk Level 2 and 3 countries. If for whatever reason, students do not have a permanent residence to return to or a location to self-quarantine, self-quarantine housing can be arranged through Slug Support.  Contact the UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad office at immediately if you need this option.

UCEAP Canceled Programs

Updates and canceled programs can be found on the UCEAP website.

UC Santa Cruz Summer Faculty-Led Programs

The following Summer 2020 UCSC Faculty-Led study abroad programs have been canceled:

  • Relief Printmaking - Korea
  • Italian Language and Culture on the Amalfi Coast - Italy
  • Moroccan Cinema, Culture, and Arabic Language - Morocco
  • Food Study Field Study - Berlin
  • Art in the Global Context - Czech Republic

UC Santa Cruz Global Exchange Programs

UCSC global and domestic exchange programs have been canceled for fall 2020.

Updates and cancellations will be posted here as decisions are made regarding future terms occurring after fall 2020.

Remote Learning

For information and resources for students visit the UC Santa Cruz Remote Learning page.


If you need to withdraw from study abroad, notify UCSC Study Abroad Advisor via email at and clearly indicate your name, student ID number, program name and term, and the specific reason for your withdrawal.