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COVID-19 Response & FAQs


Below is a series of frequently asked questions regarding our global programs
at Wright State University.



COVID Response
At this time, Wright State University and the University Center for International Education (UCIE) has canceled all fall 2020 study abroad opportunities. This is to protect the health and safety of our community. We are currently offering study abroad in the spring, though this is subject to change to be compliant with state and federal regulations.

Students who would like a safe alternative to study abroad this fall can explore the variety of virtual study abroad courses and virtual internships abroad. These virtual programs are an innovative way to have real-time, cross-cultural experiences with experts in the field at international universities or companies abroad. View available options

Learn more about global learning options: The study abroad office in UCIE offers daily advising. Email studyabroad@wright.edu to set up a virtual appointment, or visit the UCIE website for more information.


View the FAQ’s for more detailed information:

Q: Are Fall 2020 Study Abroad Programs cancelled?

Yes, for student safety, Wright State is compliant with the CDC travel mandate stopping all non-essential travel abroad.  See below for other options.

Q: Can I plan for study abroad in the future? 

Yes, WSU is offering study abroad options for Spring 2021 and beyond. Browse possible program options. Please note: Safety is our top priority, so these options are subject to change. Students are advised not to make non-refundable payments at this time. Students enrolled in spring 2021 programs will be notified of any changes (if any) by October 2020. Please consult the UCIE study abroad team at studyabroad@wright.edu for more information. 

Q: Are virtual study abroad courses or virtual internships abroad possible?

Yes, WSU offers a wide selection of both of these options across many disciplines.  Virtual study abroad and internships are a unique (and safe) option that can give student the credit/experience they need at a significantly lower cost.  Virtual programs are an innovative way to have real time cross cultural experiences, with experts in the field at international universities or companies abroad. Click here to see your options: https://bit.ly/39fGatK 

Q: How do I learn more about all my global learning options?

The study abroad office (UCIE) offers daily advising.  Email studyabroad@wright.edu to set up a virtual appointment or, visit the UCIE website, http://studyabroad.wright.edu, for more information. 


Q: I am a Pell Grant Recipient; do I still have access to the Gilman scholarship which could award me up to $5,000 to use towards a study abroad program?

Yes! This award is still available for all 2021 programs 3 weeks or longer.  The next deadline  to apply for Summer 2021 programs is October 6, 2020.  Learn more at Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Please schedule an appointment to work on your application with our study abroad team -- we can help!


Q: Is the Wright State U.S. Passport Center open?

Unfortunately, all US Passport Centers are closed to non-essential travel customers at this time, and that includes the passport center at Wright State.  Once it is safe to reopen operations, a notice will be posted on the UCIE website and on our social media pages.   


Q: How is the WSU & UCIE responding to the Covid-19 pandemic?

WSU and UCIE are committed to the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are staying informed by accessing reliable data from the World Health Organization, the US Center for Disease Control and governmental health agencies worldwide, all of which are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Regularly updated information about the Covid-19 pandemic related to international travel is available on the following sources:
 https://www.internationalsos.com/ (WSU’s membership number is 11BCAS000010)
https://www.cdc.gov/
https://www.state.gov/travelers/
https://www.who.int/travel-advice
The education abroad field is constantly looking for safe, innovative options for students to get the credit for all global learning and experiences.  Here are some links to our education abroad partners and their response study abroad and wellness in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 https://usac.edu/health-and-safety/coronavirus#coronavirus
https://www.studiesabroad.com/en/about-isa/health-and-safety/COVID-19-Alerts-and-Updates
https://www.cisabroad.com/faculty-advisors/risk-management/covid-19-updates/
 
 

For more information please contact us at: studyabroad@wright.edu or visit http://studyabroad.wright.edu
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