Corona: Current information on your semester abroad in Australia, Canada and the US

The corona virus is spreading and the daily developments present challenges for those who have planned a semester abroad. In order to ensure that you are always up to date regarding COVID-19, we would like to provide you with useful information about studying abroad at our universities in Australia, Canada and the US. (All statements without guarantee)

For all students currently planning a study abroad term and still needing to submit an English language test – from March 26th onwards, the TOEFL test will be available as an online test for students in some European countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy). Further information is available here.

Corona: Current information on your semester abroad in the US United States

UPDATE July, 14 2020: The US embassies and consulates worldwide are gradually resuming their operations. According to an official announcement by the U.S. Department of State the U.S. visa services are gradually beginning to resume operations in their individual state representations. Unfortunately, we do not have any more detailed information at this time. Please refer to the press release for further information:


Since March 13, 2020, a travel ban has been put in place for citizens from the Schengen area into the United States. This means that all students from the affected area cannot enter the US during this time to start their semester abroad.

Current information on the immigration can be found here:

National University
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Update: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing corona pandemic, National University in San Diego decided not to offer courses on campus until January 2021. This serves not only for your own safety, but also that of the employees and lecturers. We very much regret this decision, because for some of you it means that you may no longer be able to realize your dream of spending a semester abroad in California.

Since 13.03.2020 up to and including December 2020, all face-to-face courses were converted into online courses, so the lectures continue to take place, but in a modified form. So far, it is still planned to conduct the courses as face-to-face courses on campus from January 2021 onwards. The university’s refund policy has not changed, you will of course get the fees already paid back if you cannot / do not want to start your semester abroad as planned.

Semester abroad starting in 2021:

From January 2021 onwards, National University will probably start reopening with a hybrid model, in which you will e.g. have lessons on campus once a week and once the course content is communicated via an online platform. Current information can be found directly on the website of National University: If you are planning a stay abroad in California in 2021, please continue to apply to National University as planned. You can find more information about the application process here.
Are you already applying at National University? Hand in either one of the usual English test or one of these two options: Online TOEFL or the Duolingo English certificates – they will be accepted if the test date is before January 2021.

Students who would like to study abroad in 2020 have the following options:

  • Postpone the semester abroad to a later start date
  • Participation in online courses

Defering the starting date:
If you would like to postpone your semester abroad, please fill in the deferment form and send it to our office by email. You do not need to apply for a new visa, but can enter the US with the current visa and a new I-20 form which will be sent to you by National University.

Participating in online courses:
Please send your new or modified course choice in the form of the non-degree form by email to our office. You will be enrolled accordingly in the desired courses and will receive further information on login, course schedule, etc. on the Sunday before the course starts. You can find an overview of all online classes offered here.

Refund policy:
If you would like to cancel your semester due to the current situation, please inform us and our local colleagues immediately about your decision. Please proceed as follows:

  • Send an email to and inform my colleagues that you would like to return to your home country (including the date of the return flight) and that you would like to cancel your semester
  • To get the money back, please state the number of courses you cannot attend due to the current situation and indicate that you would like to receive the money back
  • My colleagues will then contact you and arrange the refund
  • If you paid via Flywire, the money should be back in your account within about a week

To order your transcripts, please create an account through the Parchment Website found here. Once your account is created, please email with the following information: Name, Student ID, Confirmation Parchment account has been created, Address or email address you would like your official transcripts to be sent to
The confirmation email must be received within 10 days of your last day of class to avoid any delays in processing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact for assistance.
Please check with your home institution if they are accepting electronic transcripts and if so, it is best to send them to an official email address or to your contact person directly. Printed transcripts are currently not available due to the current situation but will be printed and send out as soon as possible.

Current information from the National University can be found at:

Updated: July 21, 2020

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Apply for your semester abroad as planned. The spring semester 2021 will take place as planned with face-to-face and online events on campus in the USA. However, the semester times have changed slightly and so the winter semester 2020 ends earlier. All information about the changed academic calendar can be found here.

For students planning a semester abroad in January 2021, the following applies:

  • Apply for your semester abroad as planned
  • The spring semester is starting Jan 20, 2021  with Please be aware that the academic calendar has undergone minor changes. Find changes here.
  • The Refund Policy at UNCW has not changed until further notice – all information on this can be found on the UNCW website. In most cases, payment is only required 4-6 weeks before the start of the semester abroad, which is usually 100% refundable if for reasons beyond the students’ control (either the US government or your government prevents you from traveling due to COVID).
  • Should you not be able to get an English Test at this point in time, you can hand it in later – UNCW accepts both the Online TOEFL and the online-test Duolingo

Further information and current information can be found here:

Updated: 12.10.2020

Corona: Current information on your semester abroad in Canada Canada

Effective October 20, 2020, the Government of Canada will reopen its borders to international students with a valid study permit studying at a designated learning institution (DLI) with a “COVID-19 readiness plan”. For further information, please visit this website monitored by the Canadian government:

Vancouver Island Unviersity

Students planning on enrolling in the January 2021 term

  • Please submit your application as soon as possible
  • Should you currently be unable to obtain certified copies from your home institution, please send us scanned copies of your application documents
  • Study abroad students: should you be unable to sit an English language test, please submit your English Proficiency Test results by November 30 both online TOEFL and Duolingo are accepted by VIU
  • VIU is transitioning to a hybrid education model for the January 2021 intake. You will soon find an overview of which programs are offered online/which offer face-to-face classes here. For more information on hybrid delivery, please click here.
  • International students traveling to Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Students residing in VIU residences/Homestay will be required to do so in VIU residences, students living off campus have the option to also self-isolate in VIU residences. Detailed information is available here.
  • Should you be unable to come to Canada for reasons beyond your control (either the Canadian government or your government prevents you from traveling due to COVID), or if classes are only offered online, full refunds will be made (incl. health insurance). Students also have the option to defer to September 2021 or January 2022, also the application for student housing.
  • If partner school requires student to cancel due to COVID : There will be a 100% refund, as per COVID policy. VIU would need a confirmation letter from the partner school.
  • Our refund policy has been updated to reflect these changes.
    • This only applies to students whose programs, at the time of application, are available on campus but are subsequently changed to alternate delivery
  • Deferral/refund requests that are non-study permit related have to be submitted by December 14, 2020. Reqeusts that are study-permit related have to be made by by January 20, 2021. Please send an email to
  • Please visit our FAQ page for useful information on your program start in fall 2020/spring 2021

Please find more information on the VIU website:

Updated: October 14, 2020

Corona: Current information on your semester abroad in Australia Australia

A travel ban has been placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia, effective from March, 20th 9pm. The Government is currently planning to open the borders for international students. The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodgedoutside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.

For students who are currently at the International College of Management, Sydney:

  • Transition to Online Study from Monday 23 March
  • All lectures will be offered on Zoom and Moodle until the end of the year
  • All ICMS Master’s degrees in July are offered online. Students have the flexibility to start their ICMS journey online in their home country and come to Australia when the boarders are open
International College of Management, Sydney

For students planning a semester abroad in Februar 2021:

  • Apply for your studies abroad as planned
  • If you currently do not receive certified copies from your home university, you can send us scans and send the originals as soon as you receive them
  • contact us regarding your refund policy
  • Bachelor and Master subjects will be offered online and some classes will be offered on Campus


  • if the borders reopened to international students, students who already got a student visa may be able to enter Australia. Please note that the student visa fees are non-refundable but you are able to postpone your visa to another intake.
  • according to the current status, you can enter Australia at the earliest 4 weeks before your CoE starts
  • If, due to COVID-19, you cannot complete your studies within your original visa validity, you can lodge a further student visa free of charge. More information on the current government announcement can be found here:
  • You must be in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Australia. ICMS organizes the airport transfer and quarantine in a hotel in Sydney for you (students may be charged). After your 14 days of quarantine you will be tested twice, if both tests are negative, you can exit quarantine. If not, you have to stay at the hotel.
  • If you get sick, your compulsory OSHC insurance covers the treatment.

Further information and current information can be found here:

Updated: 30.11.2020

For further information please give us a call via:

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Corona: Current information on your semester abroad

Further information: flights, health insurance, travel cancellation insurance

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