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Archive | Coronavirus - Study Abroad Updates

This is an archive of communication about Spring 2020/ AY 2020-21 study abroad regarding COVID-19. If you're looking for information regarding study abroad in the 2021-22 academic year, visit our new page here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Spring 2020 Students

How will I finish my courses if I am required to depart or choose to depart early from my study abroad program?

You will receive information directly from your study abroad program or host institution with specifics on how courses will continue remotely. If your host institution does not ultimately offer distance learning and it is impossible to continue the semester from home, Bentley advisors and faculty will work with each student individually to identify how to complete your in-progress coursework to earn Bentley credit. 

Will I be reimbursed for changing my flight home?

Bentley will reimburse one economy class change fee or one economy class return flight for students required by Bentley to return home from a country with a level 3 CDC warning.  For students in any country who return home, Bentley will subsidize one economy change fee or one economy ticket to your home country up to a maximum of $1,500. Send your flight itinerary and your receipt to both your study abroad advisor and to  Receipts are subject to review by Financial Operations and will be processed as soon as possible. The deadline to submit these requests is June 30, 2020.

For Students Originally Enrolled in Fall 2020, AY 20-21 Programs

Are all 2020-21 programs cancelled?

As of May 7, 2020, all incoming and outgoing study abroad programs are suspended for the Fall 2020 semester. For more information, see the May 7th communication below.

As of July 7, 2020, Spring 2021 and full-year 2020-21 programs are also suspended; see the communication below.

Can I defer my application to a program in 2021-22?

If you would like to study abroad during the 2021-22 school year, you will have to update and re-submit some of your application materials. We will notify students of this streamlined application process in the coming weeks. You will not have to completely re-submit your application, or repay the application fee.

How do I get on-campus housing now that Fall programs are cancelled?

Residential Services will be working with students formerly enrolled in study abroad programs to find on-campus housing for the Fall if they want it, even if they did not sign the Housing contract before the deadline. However, finalized details about this process may not be available until after the normal Housing commitment deadline in June. All inquiries about Fall 2020 housing can be directed to


Here is all the communication we've sent out to students about COVID-19 and its effects on their programs. Please check back frequently to make sure you haven't missed any important information, as this page will continue to be updated in real time.