The Center for Global Programs & Studies (GPS) continues to plan for the resumption of study abroad/away programs for future terms. GPS staff and University officials are actively monitoring the global health landscape, governmental advisories, travel restrictions, and developments with vaccine distribution/availability. We will directly communicate relevant updates to students and the campus community. The status of programs and other information will be posted on this page.

2021 Program Updates

Wake Forest-Sponsored Programs
The review and decision-making process takes into account health, safety, and travel considerations, as well as minimum enrollments required for program viability.

Program Name Intended Start Current Status Expected Decision Date
Barcelona August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Copenhagen (AWAKEnings) August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Cambridge (INSTEP) August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Dijon August/September Operating as planned July 2021
London (Worrell) August/September Operating as planned July 2021
London (INSTEP) August/September Operating as planned July 2021
London (Queen Mary) August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Japan August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Salamanca August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Santiago (Chile) August/September Suspended N/A
Venice (Casa Artom) August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Vienna (Flow) August/September Operating as planned July 2021
Washington, D.C. August/September Operating as planned July 2021

Affiliate Programs
Non-WFU programs will make separate determinations about program viability. Most non-WFU partners programs intend to run programs in Fall 21. However, universities in Australia and New Zealand have already indicated that they will be unable to accept study abroad students for the fall 21 semester; thus, our affiliate partners have already suspended programs in those countries for that term.

Wake Forest-Sponsored Programs
The review and decision-making process takes into account health, safety, and travel considerations, as well as minimum enrollments required for program viability.

Program Name Intended Start Status Next update
Copenhagen (POL) May Suspended N/A
Greece (CLA) May Suspended N/A
Hong Kong Internship May Suspended N/A
Genoa (ITA) July Suspended N/A
London (THE) July Suspended N/A
London (CHM) July Suspended N/A
Salamanca Internship (SPA) May Suspended N/A
Tours (FRH) May Suspended N/A
Vienna SS1 (ART) May Suspended N/A
Vienna SS2 (PSY) July Suspended N/A
Australia (BIO) May Suspended N/A
Bangkok Internship May Suspended N/A
Barcelona (BEM) July Suspended N/A
Belize (BIO) June Suspended N/A
Cambridge (ENG) May Suspended N/A
Cuba (SPA) May Suspended N/A
Egypt June Suspended N/A
EUSA Dublin June Suspended N/A
EUSA Madrid May Suspended N/A
EUSA Paris May Suspended N/A
EUSA/Prague May Suspended N/A
Jena (GER) July Suspended N/A
Peru (JOU) July Suspended N/A
Portugal (ANT) July Suspended N/A
Salamanca (SPA 212) June Suspended N/A
Scotland (REL) May Suspended N/A
Spain/France/Switzerland (HES) July Suspended N/A
St. Vincent & Grenadines (COM) July Suspended N/A
Venice (ANT) May Suspended N/A
       

Affiliate Programs
Non-WFU programs will make separate determinations about program viability. Students may pursue summer study abroad on approved affiliate programs that operate during this summer.


Fall 2021 COVID FAQs

Unless you have already been notified otherwise, your Fall 2021 program (Wake Forest-sponsored and Affiliate) is scheduled to run as planned. Final decisions on the viability of WFU-sponsored are likely to be made in July. Please refer to this website for updates. Affiliate programs will communicate any updates directly to students.

Students on WFU-sponsored study abroad programs, and possibly affiliate programs, will be required to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of participation. Additional information and deadline for submission will be provided to students.

Wake Forest and GPS are actively monitoring the global health landscape and are considering a number of metrics to ensure students’ health and safety when offering a program abroad. These include: CDC guidelines, host country guidelines and restrictions, information regarding local positivity rates and community spread, easing of strict quarantine requirements upon arrival, relaxing of other restrictions (e.g. curfew), local vaccination uptake, etc.

Currently, our recommendation is that you do not purchase airfare or make travel plans until your program’s viability is confirmed.

When you do decide to make travel arrangements, we recommend purchasing your flight directly from your airline of choice or a trusted travel agent because it will allow you to work directly with the airline or your agent in case of any necessary changes. We strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance (e.g. Cancel For Any Reason coverage) and ensure that the policy covers cancellation due to the pandemic. 

WFU assumes no responsibility for losses or penalties due to program cancellation or student withdrawal.

Unless specifically noted by your program that a course is on-line or hybrid, courses abroad will take place in-person. In the event that local public health guidance changes, it is possible that course modality would also have to be adjusted to suit local restrictions. Abroad programs only offering on-line courses are not approved options.

Programs will provide students with any travel restrictions or limitations. For the start of the semester, it is likely that travel will be limited to the host country. However, if conditions allow, then travel restrictions may be adjusted.

Students with active applications or acceptance for Fall study abroad are advised to register for on-campus courses and continue their applications and course plans for study abroad. Students whose programs are confirmed will drop on-campus courses and commit to study abroad status in July.

For all Fall 2021 WFU-administered programs, if WFU cancels the program, then you will not be charged any program-related fees by WFU. However, if you have incurred personal expenses (i.e. airfare or visa fees), WFU cannot refund those costs. If WFU programs remain operational and you withdraw from your program, then you will be bound by the withdrawal policy outlined in your Intent to Participate Form.

For all Fall 2021 Affiliate programs (i.e. non-WFU), you are encouraged to speak directly to your program about cancellation policies.

We will work with WFU Residence Life and Housing to identify available options.

If you would like to withdraw from your program, then you will need to notify your study abroad advisor. They will outline the specific steps for withdrawal based on your program. Please note that depending on when you withdraw from a program there may be financial implications; we encourage all students to understand their financial responsibility and program-specific timeline.

If conditions dictate that a program needs to pivot to an online format, this will be communicated to you specifically by your program. They will make sure you have the resources to maintain your health and well being, as well as complete the requirements of the class.

WFU programs do not allow independent housing. 

Affiliate programs have their own policies, most affiliates are not allowing independent housing for Fall 2021.