COVID-19 Impacts to Study Abroad

Spring 2020 Study Abroad and CARES Act Funding

Spring 2020 Study Abroad students who had unreimbursed flight cancellation fees, change fees, or other airfare/transportation costs related to travel earlier than planned home from your study abroad program, may be eligible for CARES Act funding.

Following is the link to learn more and complete an application for CARES Act funding:

https://www.pugetsound.edu/admission/cares-act-emergency-funding-request/

Summer 2020 Study Abroad 
All Puget Sound summer 2020 approved study abroad programs have been cancelled and will not run during the summer 2020.

Fall 2020 Study Abroad 
Puget Sound is monitoring the situation regarding study abroad this fall and the university remains cautiously optimistic students will be able to study abroad in the fall. However, with the uncertainty around fall study abroad, Puget Sound recommends students planning to study abroad in the fall enroll in fall on-campus courses at Puget Sound and work with Residence Life to arrange campus housing for the fall. Spaces are filling quickly so please contact Residence Life as soon as possible. We also recommend students wait to purchase international flights until they know their program will definitely be running and the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories and the CDC Travel Notices meet the Puget Sound Travel Policy requirements for approval to study abroad.

Spring 2020 Study Abroad Prorated Adjustments for Room and Board
Puget Sound will provide a prorated room and board adjustment to spring 2020 study abroad students regardless of whether their program provided a refund to the University on their behalf.  Students will receive a 45% adjustment of their original room and board charges as billed to them by Puget Sound, or the amount refunded to Puget Sound by their program provider, whichever is greater. 

Prorated adjustments for room and board will be provided to study abroad students as follows: 

  • Adjustments for room charges will be provided to students if they were billed for room by Puget Sound as part of their study abroad program. The adjustment corresponds to room fees for the period from March 25 to May 15, consistent with the adjustment period for on-campus students
  • Adjustments for board charges will be provided to students if they were billed for board by Puget Sound as part of their study abroad program.  The adjustment corresponds to board fees for the period March 25 to May 15, consistent with the adjustment period for on-campus students
  • Adjustments will be applied to each student’s account by Student Financial Services. These adjustments will first be applied to any outstanding account balance. Any remaining credit balance will be handled as follows: 
    • for students not graduating this spring, this credit will be applied to charges for the next term of enrollment.
    • for students graduating spring 2020, a refund of the credit balance will be issued.
      Student Financial Services will share more details with students via their pugetsound.edu email addresses in the coming weeks. We anticipate that credits will be posted during the week of April 20 and that refunds to seniors will be issued by May 24.