Skip to main content
MenuSearch & Directory

Study Abroad Update

Study Abroad Update for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

The SLU International Travel Advisory Committee supports SLU students studying abroad at the SLU-Madrid campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Students should work with their study abroad counselor to complete their necessary pre-departure items. Participation in non-Madrid programs has been limited to select programs for Fall 2021.

For Spring 2022, programs will be evaluated based on multiple aspects: travel restrictions and the possibility to obtain a student visa (if necessary); the preparations and resources of individual programs; and the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evaluations will also be based on travel advisories (U.S. Department of State and the Center for Disease Control).

The health and safety of our students is our highest priority. SLU also knows how important study abroad is for students to become a better thinker and compassionate individual while gaining understanding of other cultures.

As a Jesuit institution, SLU also must consider the well-being of communities abroad. This means to put the great good over our own preferences.

We do ask students and their guardians to keep in mind:


If you no longer wish to participate in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 study abroad, please contact the study abroad counselor for your program.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I do not currently have a valid passport. Will I be able to study abroad?

U.S. passport processing is currently delayed. U.S. citizens can check for updates here. Depending on the host country, you may also need a student visa. Processing times for visas vary from country to country.

Should I study abroad if I have pre-existing conditions that may increase my risks?

This will be something that needs to be discussed with your physician and family. You will need to make an informed decision about your specific concerns related to COVID-19. 

Should I purchase airfare now?

When it’s time to consider purchasing airfare, be sure to look at if the flights are refundable, offer change of dates and if the airline offers travel insurance.

Will the University or insurance pay for me to travel home in the event of a spike in COVID-19 cases?
No. SLU will not offer financial reimbursement to study abroad students in the spring for travel home, quarantine, accommodations, etc. Students need to prepare for any potential interruption and plan accordingly.
What will happen if I am infected with COVID-19 while abroad?

This will vary by study abroad program. You will most likely be required to quarantine. GeoBlue international health insurance will pay for medical treatment or hospitalization for COVID-19. However, it will not cover costs associated with self-isolation outside of a hospital. 

The international health insurance will not pay for travel due to COVID-19. The only exception is if you are hospitalized in a location that cannot provide adequate treatment based on your condition.

If there is a spike in cases, can I stay in my host country or do I have to return home?
Any decision to have students return home will be based on developments in the host country and the United States.