Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates

Impact on U of A Study Abroad

Updated 5/15/2020

The Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange will be conducting all business remotely until further notice.
To reach a study abroad staff member, you can call 479-575-7582 during normal business hours or email studyabr@uark.edu.

In recent weeks, news of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused concern worldwide. Our students’ health and safety while abroad is of paramount importance to The University of Arkansas (U of A). The following information includes answers to some FAQs about the virus and U of A’s response. The information here can be shared with U of A students, faculty, staff, and family members. Please note that there are different sections, please scroll down to the section most pertinent to you or your student:

The latest news and information related to the pandemic’s impact on campus is available in the "Updates" section and various FAQs included on the university's Coronavirus Update page.

Spring 2020 Study Abroad Students

At this time (March 11, 2020), all U of A students have been instructed to return home immediately. This decision, which was not made lightly and with student health and safety in mind, aligned with the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the Arkansas Governor’s Office out-of-state travel limitations. We recognize that this is an unprecedented worldwide circumstance, impacting not only international travelers but also study abroad students. Study abroad staff are communicating directly with each student who has been impacted to connect students to support for their individual academic, financial, or wellness concerns.

Students returning from a destination abroad must contact their home State’s Department of Health and follow guidance for 14-day self-quarantine or self-isolation.

For Arkansas residents, the Arkansas Department of Health has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847 or email ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov. After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.

Summer & August Intersession 2020 Study Abroad Students

Effective March 23, 2020, all university-sanctioned and coordinated summer & August Intersession study abroad programs have been canceled. We understand that this may create disappointment for many, but students are encouraged to reapply for next year.

This decision impacts all Summer & August Intersession study abroad students on faculty-led programs, the Rome Center, external third-party programs, and summer exchange programs as well as credit-bearing opportunities such as internships, service-learning, research and independent study. We recognize that there are limitations to answering specific students’ questions here, but each study abroad advisor is prepared to continue advising students remotely via phone or other video conferencing platform.

Fall & Academic Year 2020 Study Abroad Students

We continue to monitor the worldwide impact of Covid-19. The university will re-evaluate the global situation this summer before making decisions regarding university-sanctioned study abroad programs for the upcoming fall term. The U of A has suspended all study abroad programs that begin before August 21, 2020. This decision not only applies to Summer and August Intersession programs, but it also impacts fall semester programs with early starts. This most directly impacts locations in the Southern Hemisphere where the next term begins in early July (e.g. Australia). 

Using the University's International Travel Policy, considerations for fall 2020 study abroad semester will be guided by reputable sources like the US State Department, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization, among other factors. While we remain cautiously optimistic that global conditions will improve and allow our students to proceed with their Fall 2020 study abroad plans, we continue to advise that each student make a back-up plan, which should include registering for on-campus classes for the fall term (to be dropped when fall travel is confirmed). Students may also decide to delay studying abroad until Spring 2021.

Notice on US Passports: Effective March 20, the US State Department has temporarily suspended expedited passport service and has advised US citizens to expect "significant delays" in receiving a passport. If you are planning fall study abroad, but do not yet have a passport vaild for at least 6 months beyond the end of your study abroad program, please contact your study abroad advisor. Follow updates on Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19 through the US State Department. 

Additional Resources

Pat Walker Health Center | To protect our health, your health, and the health of others, PWHC will no longer be seeing walk-in patients or allowing web booking of appointments. Please call their clinics for an appointment to be seen:

  • Primary Care: 479-575-4451, option 1
  • Women's Health: 479-575-4451, option 2
  • Allergy, Immunization and Travel Clinic: 479-575-4451, option 5

Counseling & Psychological Services | CAPS is still offering counseling services at this time (March 25, 2020), but you must call first 479-575-5276.

If You Are In Crisis

Please call CAPS at 479-575-5276, call UAPD at 479-575-2222 if you are on or near campus, call 911 anywhere in the US, or go to your local emergency room or psychiatric care facility. Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255 | Crisis text line: 741741 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

U of A Cares | Report a concern through U of A Cares, which links students to the appropriate resource – both personal and educational – that will allow them the opportunities to overcome barriers on their path to success. Tel.: 479-575-5004

International Students & Scholars Office | International students with questions can find support online, through the on-line chat, or advising appointments. Tel.: 479-575-5003; Email: iss@uark.edu

If you are in need of finding immediate housing in Fayetteville: Contact University of Arkansas Off-Campus Housing Service at Off-Campus Housing.

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