FAQs

For quick reference, we’ve compiled the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions. Below you will find information on the status of study abroad programs and travel at the University of Miami. Please contact us at studyabroad@miami.edu with any additional questions you might have and be sure to check back often as we continually update this page with new information as it becomes available or as new questions arise.

*Information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic was last reviewed on April 23, 2021. Content on this page will continue to be updated, please check back regularly.

COVID-19 FAQs

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  • What is UM’s travel policy?

    All University-related international travel is prohibited. University-related domestic travel must receive prior approval by a supervising dean or vice president. For more information, visit: https://coronavirus.miami.edu/travel-guidance/index.html 

    We are still accepting study abroad applications for future terms. 

  • What is the status of summer 2021 study abroad programs?

    Given the continued concerns related to travel and mobility, in an abundance of caution, University of Miami leadership, regrettably, has made the decision to suspend all UM Summer 2021 Study Abroad programs. This includes all in-person, virtual, and/or hybrid programs, international and domestic, and is in line with the ongoing University of Miami travel ban which restricts university-sponsored travel for all students, faculty and staff. 

    This decision was made in consideration of a number of factors, including, but not limited to: student health and safety, travel restrictions, country-specific entry requirements, impacts to programs on the ground, the potential disruptions of consular support abroad, and the possibility of resurgence in virus cases and the risk of needing to return home early. Additional consideration was given to the potential consequences of international students’ arrival and presence on local healthcare providers in the event of a resurgence of the virus, and this decision reflects the University of Miami community’s responsibility to work to slow the spread of COVID-19 at every possible opportunity. The decision to suspend was made in consultation with senior leadership, legal counsel, public health experts, and risk management. 

  • What is the status of fall 2021 study abroad programs?

    The deadline for applications for fall 2021 study abroad programs has passed, as of March 1, 2021.

    We remain optimistic about the ability to offer study abroad programs next fall.  

    Students who are submitting petitions for non-UM study abroad programs for fall 2021 will not receive approval until after a formal decision is made on the status of UM study abroad programs. These students should plan to remain registered in UM courses (and local housing as appropriate) for fall, and should not make travel plans or financial commitments to third parties until their petition is approved. 

    The following programs have been cancelled by the host institution for the Fall '21 term:

    Australia:

    • Monash University
    • University of New South Wales
    • University of Sydney
    • University of Technology Sydney

     

    France:

    • Sciences Po

     

    the Netherlands

    •  University of Amsterdam

    ULatin America

  • Can I defer my study abroad plans?

    Yes, all students who were conditionally accepted to their program are eligible to defer their participation to a future term.

    Students who successfully defer their application will need to provide updated information for their application closer to the application deadline for your deferred term. It is likely that you will need to re-submit application to the host institution, if applicable.

  • What can students expect if studying abroad during COVID-19?

    Studying abroad during COVID-19 will be different! Just as UM and institutions across the U.S. have had to adapt their procedures, partner universities abroad are modifying academic calendars, class schedules, course delivery, student accommodations and many other facets of academic life to support student health and well-being at their institutions. Some of these modifications may have a financial impact for you as the student. Things to consider: 

    • Academic Experience: many programs and universities are implementing a hybrid online/in-person format of your program and additional rules or restrictions may be put in place to govern the number of students and student spacing within the physical classroom. Academic calendars may change or need to be adjusted with little or no advance notice.  
    • Student Housing: the availability and type of on-campus housing may differ as campuses seek to reduce the number of students in concentrated areas. Students may need to exercise flexibility in the selection of housing or be prepared to find housing off-campus.
    • Independent Travel: independent travel outside of the city and/or country in which you are studying will be limited. Country borders may be closed, travel restrictions or quarantine measures may remain in place, and there may be rapid changes to a country’s entry and exit requirements. In addition, host institutions or program providers may have student behavior contracts in place limiting independent travel.  
    • Program Excursions and Activities (UPrograms/Seville only): excursions may be altered or canceled to adjust to current health and government recommendations and to support student health and well-being.  
    • Quarantine: your semester abroad may include a quarantine period (the most common duration is 2 weeks) upon arrival should this be required by local/regional/national governments, or a quarantine at a later time should you, another student, faculty, staff, or individual with whom you are in contact with be exposed to the coronavirus.  

  • What would happen if a UM study abroad program was cancelled prior to departure or while students are abroad?

    If UM makes a decision to cancel a program before the program’s official start date, students will receive a full refund of all fees paid directly to Study Abroad. Given the uncertainty of the international travel environment in light of COVID-19, students are encouraged to maintain a back-up plan (enrollment at UM, housing, etc.) for the term of their study abroad program until they receive confirmation from the Study Abroad Office that their program will be offered.  

    Should a program be suspended after arrival in the host country, Study Abroad will immediately inform students and their emergency contacts listed in their application. Students will be advised on the recommended process for return home. In this situation, students should plan to work closely with their academic units at UM and with our overseas partners to mitigate to the greatest extent possible the potential impact of the program suspension on students’ academic progress. Where possible, students will complete coursework remotely through the host institution. In the event remote learning is not feasible, the student’s academic unit will work to explore on-campus course options for those impacted by program suspension.  

    If a program is cancelled after its official program start date, refunds will be provided for recoverable costs only* and will vary depending on a number of factors.  

    * Recoverable costs may include things such as health insurance, ground transportation, excursion costs etc. This generally applies to UPrograms/Seville only. 

    Students will not receive any reimbursement or assistance with flights/travel should they need to return to their permanent address. We strongly recommend that insurance for travel be purchased ahead of time. Students on exchange programs will not receive any reimbursement or assistance with cancelling their housing abroad. They will need to work with their landlord/provider/rental agency abroad.  

  • What if I put down a financial deposit with my program?

    Your Study Abroad advisor will be working with Student Accounts on issuing a refund for your deposit. They will be in touch directly to provide updates to the timeline for this process. 

    Any student who currently has a balance on CaneLink may not see a full refund. Due to the structure of the system, any balance must be resolved before a refund is issued. Log into CaneLink now to verify if you have a balance. Students in this situation with questions about their charges should reach out to ‘Canes Central with any questions at 305-284-IBIS or by submitting a virtual ticket via their website at https://canescentral.miami.edu/contact/index.html 

  • What are the Study Abroad Office’s withdrawal and cancellation policies?

    Students must decline their space on a study abroad program in writing within 2 weeks of acceptance. If a student does not withdraw within this time period, the student will be subject to the withdrawal policy. Students receiving financial aid who withdraw from a program should discuss potential aid implications of withdrawal with the UM Office of Financial Assistance and Student Employment before withdrawing.  

    In the event of program cancellation by UM or the host institution/program, students will not be subject to the UM Study Abroad withdrawal policy.  

    To learn more about the UM Study Abroad withdrawal policy, visit: https://studyabroad.miami.edu/students/withdrawal-policy/index.html 

     

  • What is the status for submitting non-UM study abroad program petitions?

    Students who plan to submit petitions for non-UM study abroad programs for fall 2021 will not receive approval until after a formal decision is made on the status of UM study abroad programs. These students should plan to remain registered in UM courses (and local housing as appropriate) for fall, and should not make travel plans or financial commitments to third parties until their petition is approved. 

    Summer 2021 non-UM petitions are not being approved.

  • What is the status of spring 2021 study abroad programs?

    Given the continued concerns related to travel and mobility, in an abundance of caution, University of Miami leadership, regrettably, has made the decision to suspend all UM Spring 2021 Study Abroad programs. This includes all in-person, virtual, and/or hybrid programs, international and domestic, and is in line with the ongoing University of Miami travel ban which restricts university-sponsored travel for all students, faculty and staff.

    This decision was made in consideration of a number of factors, including, but not limited to: student health and safety, travel restrictions, country-specific entry requirements, impacts to programs on the ground, the potential disruptions of consular support abroad, and the possibility of resurgence in virus cases and the risk of needing to return home early. Additional consideration was given to the potential consequences of international students’ arrival and presence on local healthcare providers in the event of a resurgence of the virus, and this decision reflects the University of Miami community’s responsibility to work to slow the spread of COVID-19 at every possible opportunity. The decision to suspend was made in consultation with senior leadership, legal counsel, public health experts, and risk management.

    Spring 2021 applicants can now defer their study abroad plans to Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or withdraw their application completely from study abroad.

    Students were provided an electronic form to indicate their preference in the cancellation message that went out on October 27, 2020.  Applicants who are do not complete the form by November 15, 2020 will be withdrawn administratively.

    Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to discuss this in more detail, please visit them during their drop-in hours.

  • What is the status of fall 2020 study abroad programs?

    All Fall 2020 study abroad programs have been suspended.  

    Despite our strong hope that study abroad would be possible this fall, given the uncertain nature of the global health crisis’s continued effects on both public health and travel between countries, the University of Miami has made the very difficult decision to suspend all study abroad for the Fall 2020 semester.  

    This decision was made in consideration of a number of factors, including, but not limited to: student health and safety, rapidly evolving travel restrictions, cessation of visa services, country-specific entry requirements, impacts on academic calendars around the world, and potential consequences of international students’ presence to local healthcare providers’ capacity should there be a resurgence of COVID-19.  

    Students who were scheduled to study abroad this fall have been contacted directly with additional information.  

General FAQs

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  • What types of programs do you offer?

    The Office of Study Abroad offers programs as short as one week and as long as an academic year. You may study abroad on a program led by a faculty member, on a UM Semester-on-Location program, or on an UM Partner Program or affiliated university program.

    We encourage you to explore what makes each program different by reading about our program types.

  • Will I be able to use my financial aid abroad?

    Students participating in a UM study abroad program will be able to use their financial aid abroad.  You will be charged full tuition on your tuition bill for the semester during which you will be abroad, so your aid package will not be affected; however, studying abroad will incur additional expenses for which you may wish to apply for additional aid. While overseas, if you have specific questions, you should contact the Office of Financial Assistance Services directly at ofas@miami.edu.

    You can review important information regarding finances and potential scholarships here.

  • What if I do not speak a foreign language?

    There are many opportunities to study abroad in English! Many countries offer a full program of study in English, even in non-English speaking countries.

  • What are the requirements to study abroad?

    While acknowledging that all study abroad programs and overseas institutions have their own criteria for admissions, University of Miami students are held to an institutional standard before being allowed to study abroad for credit. Students are eligible to study abroad no earlier than Summer Session I following their first year. The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for students wishing to study abroad is 2.7 on a scale of 4.0. Many programs have a higher GPA requirement as stated on the program brochures.

  • How far in advance do I have to plan my study abroad?

    The earlier the better! Planning for a study abroad takes time. It is not too early for entering freshman to go over their study abroad options with an advisor. Try to plan at least one year in advance for a semester program, and 3-6 months in advance for a shorter term program.

    Our office has created a worksheet you can help use to plan out your academic goals during your time on campus.

  • How do I make an appointment with an advisor?

    Students just starting to consider studying abroad are encouraged to watch or attend our Study Abroad 101 session hosted by our office.  If you have a specific region of interest, please visit this link to see what regions we advise on and when our walk-in hours are.

  • I want to study on a program that is not listed on your website. How do I do this?

    You may study on non-UM sponsored programs by completing the proper paperwork, available at this link. The program must be approved by the Office of Study Abroad and you must secure permission from your school or college.

  • When is the best time for me to study abroad?

    The answer is different for every student. It depends on many factors, such as major and minor requirements, proficiency of a foreign language (for programs taught in a foreign language), academic progress and student maturity. Talk to both your academic advisor and a study abroad advisor to determine what is best for you.

  • How will my credits convert to UM credits and will my GPA be affected?

    Click here for more information about credits.  The grades that you earn abroad will count toward your UM GPA. Click here for more information about academics.

  • What classes can I take while I am abroad?

    The answer depends on what kind of program you participate in. You can study abroad for a semester at a host university where you may participate in the courses available to regular university students. Shorter programs, such as UM faculty-led programs, will offer specific courses for the participants.

  • How do I get my courses approved?

    If you would like to have the courses count toward your major, minor, or general education requirements, you must obtain approvals, called “course equivalences.” After you choose your courses overseas, you will obtain signatures and course equivalents for each department in which you seek credit. All admitted study abroad students will receive the course equivalency form, also available on our website.

  • What kind of health insurance do I need?

    All students who study abroad must show proof of health insurance that provides adequate medical and accident coverage for the entire duration that they are abroad. University of Miami students are covered for emergency evacuation and repatriation.

  • When do I book my flight?

    This answer depends on your program. Do not make any flight arrangements until you have been fully accepted into the program and it has been determined that the program will happen. For semester and year programs, as well as direct-enroll programs, your study abroad advisor or the overseas university will provide the arrival dates so that you can book your flight accordingly.

  • What if something changes after I am accepted and I do not study abroad?

    You may be financially responsible for the program; this depends on the type of program, and how far in advance of the program start date you withdraw. You can see the full withdrawal policy, timeline and fees here.