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, who are currently planning their study abroad semester and need to hand in an English test – from March 26th onwards, the TOEFL test will be available as online test. You can find further information here:

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

Since March 13th, 2020, a 30 day 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

For the months March (since 13.03.2020) up to and including June 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 July 2020 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 from July 2020 onwards:

If you are planning a stay abroad in California for the coming semester (from July 2020), please continue to apply to National University as planned. You can find more information about the application process here.

Students who would like to study abroad in spring 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.

Cancel semester abroad & 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

Current information from the National University can be found at:

Updated: 26.03.2020

University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers all lectures as online courses starting March 23, 2020. The online courses can of course also be accessed from Germany. You will receive full credit for the online courses you have successfully completed. Please contact your instructor at UNCW for all details concerning the modalities of the online classes.

For students planning a semester abroad in August 2020 or January 2021, the following applies:

  • Apply for your semester abroad as planned
  • 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).

Further information and current information can be found here:

Updated: 26.03.2020

Corona: Current information on your semester abroad in Canada Canada

As of March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada has banned foreign nationals from entering Canada. For further information, please visit this website monitored by the Canadian government:

Students currently at Vancouver Island University:

  • All internal and external events at VIU’s campuses and facilities have been canceled until May 1, 2020
  • We are transitioning from face-to-face instruction to alternate course delivery and assessment (including exams) for the remainder of the term.
  • Students have been informed directly by their instructors about how their specific programs and/or courses will be delivered.
  • Students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020 are still allowed to enter Canada
Vancouver Island Unviersity

Students planning on enrolling in the September 2020 or January 2021 term

  • Please submit your application by March 31, 2020
  • Should you currently be unable to obtain certified copies from your home institution, please send us scanned copies of your application documents and take originals/certified copies with you for international orientation in August/January
  • Study abroad students: should you be unable to sit an English language test, please submit your English Proficiency Test results upon arrival at VIU
  • 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), full refunds will be made. Our refund policy has been updated to reflect these changes.
    • This only appliesto students whose programs, at the time of application, are available on campus but are subsequently changed to alternate delivery
  • Please visit our FAQ page for useful information on your program start in fall 2020

Please find more information on the VIU website:

Updated: March 27, 2020

Corona: Current information on your semester abroad in Australia Australia

A travel ban will be placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia, effective from March, 20th 9pm.

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

  • Transition to Online Study from Monday 23 March until Friday 3rd April
  • All lectures will be offered on Zoom and Moodle until the end of the term
International College of Management, Sydney

For students planning a semester abroad in May, July or September 2020:

  • Apply for your semester 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
  • We are currently in the process of adapting our refund policy to the current situation

Further information and current information can be found here:

Updated: 19.03.2020

For further information please give us a call via:

+ 49 (0) 6151 9674 666

Our team will be happy to advise you on your study opportunities in Sydney, Vancouver Island, California and North Carolina free of charge and without obligation.

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Corona: Current information on your semester abroad

Further information: flights, health insurance, travel cancellation insurance

Depending on the provider, flights and insurance policies already booked can currently be rebooked or reimbursed – please contact the provider directly.