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COVID-19 and UCEAP 2021 Programs

October 23, 2020 – UCEAP has made the difficult yet responsible decision to cancel (formerly referred to as suspend*) all  2021 winter quarter, and most spring semester programs in all locations. 

The following 2021 summer program is canceled.

  • Community Public Health, Dominican Republic

The following spring programs are scheduled to run. This list is updated regularly.

  • Marine Biology and Terrestrial Ecology, Australia
  • Fudan University, China
  • Tropical Biology and Conservation, Costa Rica
  • Social Justice and Activism, France
  • Free University, Germany
  • Humboldt University, Germany
  • Technical University, Germany
  • Technion-Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Art, Food and Society, Italy
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • Made in Italy, Italy
  • Engineering and Science, Japan
  • Global Studies, Japan
  • Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • International Christian University, Japan
  • Japanese in Kyoto, Japan
  • Keio University, Japan
  • STEM Research in Osaka, Japan
  • Yonsei University, Korea
  • Psychology and Neuroscience, Netherlands
  • Public Health and Pre-med, Netherlands
  • International Business Economics, Spain
  • National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Business and Entrepreneurship in London, UK-England
  • Global Cities Urban Realities, UK/France

*Canceled programs are temporarily halted. Closed programs are no longer available.

UCEAP Updates

Dear UCEAP Community,

It was an incredibly difficult and painful decision for UCEAP to cancel those UCEAP programs with a start date prior to March 15, 2020 but we firmly believe that it was the right decision under the circumstances. Factors which weighed heavily on our minds as we reached this decision include: the impossibility of predicting viral surge conditions or quarantine restrictions across the world; the accessibility to quality health care; the status of visa processing; the continuation of various travel bans; the lack of clarity regarding local modes of instruction; and the willingness of universities in other countries to engage in exchange. In addition, UC Policy precludes UCEAP from operating in any countries where the US Department of State issues travel advisories of level 3 or higher, or where the CDC issues a health notices of alert level 2 or 3. The majority of our programs are in countries with travel advisories of level 3 or higher and the CDC has issued level 3 health notice alerts.

While the March 15 date means that the UC Berkeley and UC Merced students will have few study abroad options this year, it also means all the quarter-campus students still have the option of completing winter quarter on their home campus and then studying abroad in spring quarter 2021. At the present time, we anticipate about 20 programs will run in spring. A final list (which may be subject to change depending on local circumstances) will be available by August 28.

While we remain optimistic, it is impossible to know whether there will be a COVID-19 vaccine later this year and when there is a vaccine questions remain about its availability and the priority of distribution.

UCEAP continues to monitor the global situation as it evaluates whether it will operate any post-March 15 programs. We will make a decision with sufficient time to allow students and their families to discuss options during the December holiday break and enable students to register on time for spring courses at their home campuses.

Decisions to cancel programs are not made easily, quickly, or lightly. Staff members of UCEAP, here in California and abroad, share our students’ disappointment—but we believe the decision was necessary and appropriate.



Vivian-Lee Nyitray
Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director
University of California Education Abroad Program

Extended Scholarship Deadlines

Spring 2021 scholarship application deadlines have been extended to December 1 due to a number of program suspensions. The application cycle now runs from November 15 to December 1. If you'd like to start working on your application early, review the application instructions.