Carnegie Mellon University

Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus & Study Abroad

Updated July 2021

This situation is rapidly changing and students should regularly monitor the OIE & Study Abroad websites and the university's Coronavirus Information page, as well as read all university emails sent to their Andrew account. 

While the university made the difficult decision to suspend participation in study abroad through summer 2021, students may submit a study abroad exception request form for fall 2021 to have their study abroad program and location evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Even if Carnegie Mellon University grants tentative approval, this is subject to change, depending on the pandemic, and we recommend all students keep in touch with their Study Abroad Advisor.

As CMU returns to in-person study on campus, students abroad must also seek in-person study, should they receive approval to study abroad for fall 2021 through the exception review process, unless approved by a student’s home department as an extenuating circumstance. Contact your appropriate Study Abroad Advisor for more information.

Yes, only if you have submitted a fall 2021 study abroad exception form that has been approved through the CMU study abroad process, designating you as a fall 2021 study abroad student. Please contact a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your situation further. 

Yes, we follow CMU’s on campus requirement. Students will be asked to upload a copy of their vaccination card with the type of vaccine and date(s).

Only if timing allows (if the change happens before the add/drop period) and you can make appropriate arrangements. We recommend that students approved for fall 2021 study abroad make an informed, personal decision regarding their fall plans 2-3 weeks before CMU’s fall term begins (August 30th).