Study Abroad Updates

Updated: 8/21/20

UCEAP Suspended Programs

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

Summer and Fall 2020 programs have been suspended.

Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 programs with start dates before March 15 have been suspended, effective August 13, 2020. Please check the UCEAP website for details.

UC Santa Cruz Exchange Programs

UCSC global and domestic exchange programs have been suspended for the entire 2020-21 academic year, including fall semester 2020 and spring semester 2021 terms.

Updates and suspensions will be posted here as decisions are made regarding future terms occurring after spring 2021.

UC Santa Cruz Global Seminars (Faculty-Led)

Summer 2020 and Summer 2021 Global Seminar programs have been suspended.

Passport Information

Due to COVID-19, the Department of State is experiencing significant delays in issuing and renewing passports. 

If you are a first-time passport applicant or if you meet any of the other outlined criteria, you will need to apply in person at an acceptance facility (clerk of courts, post offices, and libraries). Check with your local acceptance facility to confirm if it is open. If you want to apply at a post office, you will need to make an appointment directly on the website.

Check to see if you are eligible to renew your passport by mail, and if you are, please do so as soon as possible.

At this time, only individuals with life-or-death emergencies may apply at a Passport agency or center.

If your passport is currently valid, you’ll need to make sure that it is not expiring within six months of your program end date. Please email us at to check in if it is expiring within that time frame. If you have already applied for your passport, you can check the status of your passport application here.

Please note this advice was last updated on 8/20/2020. Be sure to check the Department of State's Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19 website for the latest guidance.

Questions and Advising Support

If you have a question, feel free to email the UCSC Study Abroad team at any time at

Our team is offering virtual advising appointments every day. For more information see our advising page.

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.