Changes to Study Abroad Operations

NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information is subject to change as deemed necessary by University leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

Last updated: July 13, 2020

Dear WSU Study Abroad Community:

Current status of WSU-sponsored international travel and study abroad

Wichita State University’s highest priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our entire campus community. The Office of International Education has continued to monitor the COVID-19 situation both within our own community and abroad, as well as any updated travel restrictions and guidance provided by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

At this time, all University-sponsored international travel, including study abroad programs, is still suspended. This decision was made in mid-March as a result of guidelines issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS), all of which advised against all non-essential international travel due to COVID-19. As of now, guidance by those public health and government agencies has not changed.

This unfortunately means that all Summer and Fall 2020 study abroad programs have been cancelled.

Although this travel restriction does not apply to personal travel, the University strongly recommends that any students considering personal international travel evaluate the risks as set forth by the CDC and DOS and register this personal travel with the University.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Garvey International Center re-opened with limited in-person services.  Currently, our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

How do I speak to someone about study abroad programs?

In an effort to maintain social distancing, our study abroad staff is continuing to work remotely. The most efficient way to reach an advisor is to email studyabroad@wichita.edu .  Alternatively, you can call our office at 316-978-3232 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and ask to set up a phone advising appointment for study abroad.

We also have more information available on how to start the study abroad process as well as a short video for students at:  www.wichita.edu/studyabroadlinks

I need to submit something. How should I do that?
Scan whatever you need to submit and email it to studyabroad@wichita.edu.

How do I keep up-to-date about the Coronavirus and COVID-19?
Be sure to bookmark https://wichita.edu/COVID-19.

Summer 2020 Study Abroad Programs

All Summer 2020 study abroad programs have been cancelled due to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19. We are communicating directly with all students who had already applied for summer 2020 study abroad programs. Please continue to check your email and reach out to us if you have questions.

You can email ann.burger@wichita.edu or studyabroad@wichita.edu.

Fall 2020 Study Abroad Programs

All Fall 2020 study abroad programs have been cancelled due to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19. We are communicating directly with all students who have applied for fall 2020 study abroad programs.    Please continue to check your email and reach out to us if you have questions.

You can email ann.burger@wichita.edu or studyabroad@wichita.edu.

Spring 2021 Study Abroad Programs

Students interested in applying for spring 2021 study abroad programs can submit applications by email to studyabroad@wichita.edu until September 15, 2020. Those applications will be reviewed as soon as possible and students will receive an initial email with more details.

However, please note: the feasibility of resuming any University-sponsored international travel, including study abroad will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Study abroad will not resume until there has been:

  • A lifting of WSU travel restrictions on non-essential international travel;
  • A reduction in the CDC’s travel advisory to a Level 2 or lower AND a reduction in the DOS travel advisory to a Level 2 or lower; and
  • A resumption of regular operations across U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide

Accordingly, even with a submitted application, there is no guarantee that a Spring 2021 study abroad program will take place.

Future Study Abroad Programs Beyond Spring 2021

Students interested in applying for study abroad programs for summer 2021 and beyond can submit applications by email at this time.  While WSU is hopeful that we will be able to provide future study abroad programs, given the rapidly changing nature of COVID-19, the University cannot guarantee any future study abroad programs at this time.

Deadlines for each program will be listed on our website.  Currently, no in-person appointments are available. Phone advising can be set up for those students planning to apply for future study abroad programs by emailing us at studyabroad@wichita.edu or ann.burger@wichita.edu

We encourage all students to visit  www.wichita.edu/studyabroadlinks for more details on how to start the study abroad process.