COVID-19 FAQs

The University of Pennsylvania continues to monitor the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is committed to supporting students as the situation continues to evolve. Penn Abroad remains committed to providing every Penn student with a meaningful global experience. We understand that students and families have many questions about how global program may be affected and will update this page as new information becomes available.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What criteria does Penn Abroad use to determine when it is safe to resume international travel associated with its programming?

Penn Abroad is guided by the travel criteria put forth by Penn’s Committee on Travel Risk Assessment (CTRA) along with information provided to us by partners abroad based on their government requirements and restrictions. As we consider – in consultation with Penn Leadership and Risk Management – the feasibility of international travel, programs and locations abroad must meet the requirements set forth by CTRA for the resumption of travel in order for student mobility to resume. For more information on Penn’s travel criteria for the resumption of travel, please refer to the travel guidelines and procedures on Penn's International Travel Guidance website.

What is the status of Semester Abroad (SA) in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022?

The application cycle for Fall 2021 Semester Abroad has closed. Current Fall 2021 Semester abroad Applicants should reference our Fall 2021 Abroad Locations & FAQs page for more information on planning, health, and safety as we continue to navigate the ongoing public health situation.

Penn Abroad has not yet defined its portfolio of program offerings for Spring 2022. Penn Abroad will begin advising and opening applications for Spring 2022 Semester Abroad opportunities in June 2021. By joining our mailing list, you will receive an email when Semester Abroad advising resumes and our Spring 2022 portfolio is announced.

Will Penn Global Seminars (PGS) courses travel abroad in Spring 2021?

Penn Global Seminars travel has been suspended for the Spring 2021 semester. For Spring 2021, Penn Global Seminars will run as Collaborative Online International Learning (PGS-COIL) courses. For more information, please review the course offerings for Spring 2021.

Will the Global Research and Internship Program (GRIP) run in Summer 2021?

Yes, the Global Research and Internship Program (GRIP) will run in Summer 2021. As travel remains suspended, all GRIP placements will take place in a virtual format.

Will the incoming Exchange at Penn (EAP) program run in Fall 2021?

Penn Abroad anticipates its incoming undergraduate exchange program will occur during the 2021-22 academic year. Our office will provide specific updates to our exchange partners and nominated students.