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A Division of the International Studies Office

Student International Travel: Coronavirus & Passports

07/21/2021 - 12:00

The University of Virginia remains committed to providing all students with global education opportunities which include study, research, and internships abroad. The University continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and safety conditions abroad, the travel industry, vaccine availability, nation-state entry requirements, and requirements for re-entering the U.S. Student international travel for university related purposes remains restricted. However, thanks to rapidly improving health and safety conditions in several countries, greatly expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines, and careful student planning, the University is this summer allowing a number of students to join an approved study abroad program with a start date after June 1.

If health and safety conditions continue to improve, more students may travel abroad for university related purposes during the fall 2021 semester. All student international travel, including travel by graduate students and GME residents and fellows, is subject to the University Policy on Student International Travel and will continue through fall 2021 to require a favorable review of local health, safety, and security conditions and individual student plans. See the COVID Considerations page for more information. January term and spring 2022 program applications will be opened and COVID considerations will be updated as preparations for those terms continue.

Passport processing times are currently significantly delayed: 18 weeks for routine processing; 12 weeks for expedited.  If you are a US citizen interested in participating in education abroad in January term or spring 2022, apply for your passport now. See UVA Programs for more details, and the State Department for details and to apply. 

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We're Here for You!

While our office in Minor Hall is closed, advisors are still working and are eager to connect with you as you consider future education abroad opportunities. Remember - it's never too early to start planning! Learn more here.