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COVID-19 Implications for Education Abroad Programs

Updated: October 28, 2020. This is a constantly changing situation and information on this page is updated as quickly as possible. Please refer to the CDC for the most up to date information about COVID-19.
Updates on U.S. Travel Advisories

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued global wide warnings and advisories, advising against travel. On August 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) returned to the previous system of providing country-specific levels of travel advice. KSU Education Abroad will continue to update information as these changes occur. You can view the country-specific warnings of the DoS and CDC at the following website:

U.S. Department of State country-specific travel advisories:


U.S. Centers for Disease Control:


Spring 2021 Education Abroad Programs

In the Spring 2020 semester KSU issued a policy which prohibits university-affiliated or sponsored out-of-state or international travel for employees or students, and this travel prohibition remains in effect. KSU will have limited education abroad opportunities for Spring 2021. The opportunities will be virtual opportunities as the current University’s travel policy restricts all University business related international travel. Any questions about specific Education Abroad programs available for the Spring 2021 semester can be directed to overseas@k-state.edu. Please also note that the Spring 2021 Education Abroad program application deadlines have now passed, so students interested in Education Abroad programs should look towards future terms, such as Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. The application deadline for virtual Education Abroad programs for Spring 2021 is November 15th. You can explore the virtual opportunities here and email overseas@k-state.edu to start an application.

Fall 2020 Education Abroad programs are cancelled

As of June 16, 2020, U.S. State Department and U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories and warnings remained at elevated levels. Per KSU Policy, when the U.S State Department has a Level 4 travel advisory and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have a Level 3 warning, university sponsored travel is not approved. As such, all Fall 2020 semester-long education abroad programs have been cancelled. 

If you are interested in Spring 2021 education abroad programs, please contact overseas@k-state.edu

K-State will continue to monitor changes

Though there are other potential circumstances that may also lead K-State Education Abroad to suspend or cancel a program, any of the conditions outlined above would serve as definitive justification for closure of a program prior to departure. Please note that, at this time, an elevation in the CDC Warning Level from 1 to 2 or U.S. State Department Travel Advisory from 1 to 2 will not prompt cancellation of a K-State Education Abroad program, but K-State will continue to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State for any changes or recommendations.

K-State Education Abroad will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as necessary. For any questions or further information, please contact K-State Education Abroad at overseas@k-state.edu 

 Travel insurance

Students may want to purchase comprehensive travel insurance, including trip interruption and trip cancellation coverage for any reason. This type of insurance will provide travelers with some financial support and flexibility to adjust travel as needed. There are many companies and organizations that offer travel insurance, including:

Kansas State University does not specifically endorse or recommend any particular company.  

For more information about how the university is preparing, visit K-State's COVID-19 update page.