COVID-19 Update: Spring and Summer Study Abroad

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Spring Study Abroad Program Cancellation

Officials at the University of Pittsburgh have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak since its beginnings. Following on Chancellor Gallagher’s message that was sent to the University community today, March 11, the University of Pittsburgh has decided to cancel all spring study abroad programming across the world. The University is requiring all students currently studying to depart from their host country no later than Monday, March 23rd and return to the United States immediately.

This email outlines information about academic arrangements, travel arrangements and financial reimbursements regarding your mandatory departure from your study abroad program and return to your permanent address. 

This decision was made carefully, thoughtfully, and out of an abundance of concern for your health, safety and security. In addition to concerns for your health and welfare, and the fluidity of the situation, the University of Pittsburgh is concerned that additional travel restrictions and quarantines could be implemented and prohibit your departure from your host country and/or return to the United States in the near future. We recognize that this decision may pose unanticipated challenges and we will do everything possible to ensure your safe return and to accommodate your academic needs as possible.

Members of the Pitt Study Abroad team are available to answer questions during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30 AM – 5 PM EST) at 412-648-7413 or

More information on the impact of each program type can be found at the links below:

Panther Programs

Exchange and Partner Programs

Pitt-Recognized Program


Ariel C. Armony

Vice Provost for Global Affairs

University of Pittsburgh

Summer Study Abroad Program Cancellation

Sent on behalf of Ariel C. Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Dear Deans, Presidents, Associate Deans, and Vice Presidents, Faculty, Students, and Emergency Contacts:

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread dynamically around the globe. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance suggesting that higher education institutions in the United States cancel upcoming international travel programs and asking students who are currently participating in study abroad programs to return to the United States.

The health and safety of everyone in the University community is our top priority. Following on Chancellor Gallagher’s message that was sent to the University community today, March 11, the University of Pittsburgh has decided to cancel all summer study abroad and study away programs. 

These are not decisions that the University takes lightly. These decisions will have numerous implications for the students and faculty whose travel plans will now change. However, especially in light of the CDC’s guidance, the University’s leadership feels that it is prudent to be cautious and to take all reasonable precautions to protect our community, including the potential for any member of our community to become stranded abroad, should circumstances shift suddenly.

Pitt’s Study Abroad Office will be in contact with affected students and faculty, and Jeff Whitehead( is the point of contact for study abroad and study away programing. In addition, Pitt Global Operations Support, and particularly Global Operations Support Manager Ian McLaughlin(, is available to provide guidance.

Along with our peer institutions in the U.S. and around the world, Pitt is trying to make the most informed choices possible in a quickly evolving situation. The University appreciates your support in our ongoing efforts to protect the well-being of our entire community. Please share this important information with your faculty and staff.


Ariel C. Armony

Vice Provost for Global Affairs

University of Pittsburgh

Frequently Asked Questions

Pitt Study Abroad has compiled a list of questions and answers for students impacted by this decision.  Please click here to for more information.

Additional Resources

·      Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management

·      How Pitt is Preparing for the Spread of Coronavirus

·      Office of the Provost

·      Office of International Services

·      Pitt Global/University Center for International Studies

Previous Announcements

Click here to read previous announcements regarding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus