Spring 2021 Updated FAQs

Q: Is Georgia Tech planning to operate programs abroad during Spring 2021?

A: Because of the continued unpredictability of the pandemic, including the myriad of international travel restrictions and uncontrollable decisions by third parties, we made the difficult decision to cancel upcoming international internships, exchange programs, and Georgia Tech-sponsored international curricular and co-curricular travel programs for spring semester 2021. Please note, this does not apply to Georgia Tech’s international campuses. Georgia Tech-Lorraine (GTL) and Georgia Tech Shenzhen will be open and operating in Spring 2021.

Q: My Spring 2021 Exchange Program was canceled; will my deposit be refunded?

A: Yes, OIE will refund program deposits to outgoing exchange students through their GT Bursar account.

Q. Will Georgia Tech cover my financial loss for airfare?

A: No, Georgia Tech will not cover the loss of personal expenses, including airfare. We recommend that you contact the airline to request a refund or a credit.

Q. Can I keep my study abroad scholarship?

A. The following response is only applicable to scholarships for which OIE selects recipients. For other scholarships, you need to contact the scholarship administrator.

For those who were notified that they were selected to receive a Spring 2021 OIE study abroad scholarship, Financial Aid has not yet made those scholarship awards and the scholarship offers will be rescinded. We hope you will study abroad in the future. If you were selected to receive a Spring 2021 scholarship and choose to study abroad later in your undergraduate career, OIE will reinstate your study abroad scholarship at that time. Note: such reinstatement will require that you remain academically eligible and participate in an eligible program.

Q. Can I still apply for Spring 2021 on-campus housing?

A: Students should contact Georgia Tech Housing immediately to apply for Spring 2021 on-campus housing: http://housing.gatech.edu/ There are also a limited number of spaces still available in the GT I-House: https://ihouse.gatech.edu/. I-House is a great opportunity to engage in on-campus international learning!

Q: I’ve heard that students on canceled study abroad programs for summer 2020 were able to pay reduced study abroad tuition for courses offered in Atlanta. Will I be able to pay the study abroad rate in Atlanta during Spring 2021?

A: No. Students who were accepted to Summer 2020 study abroad programs that were subsequently canceled were allowed to pay the study abroad rate for Summer 2020 remote courses. This was a one-time exception approved by the University System of Georgia. There are no plans to offer this exception for future semesters.

Q: Is there another option for me to go abroad for Spring 2021?

A: Georgia Tech-Lorraine is open and planning to operate during Spring 2021. They are accepting late applications through Friday, Nov. 6 for students with a valid passport. For more information, students should email catherine.bass@gtl.gatech.edu immediately for consideration. Please visit https://lorraine.gatech.edu/undergraduate for additional program details.

FAQs for Summer 2021

Q: Is Georgia Tech planning to operate programs abroad during Summer 2021?

A: Yes, Georgia Tech is planning to operate programs abroad for Summer 2021. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Georgia Tech will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, and the University System of Georgia. Although we may need to adjust according to this guidance, currently, our plans are to operate programs in 2021 as scheduled.

Q: If my Georgia Tech Summer 2021 Faculty-led study abroad program cancels before departure, will I be refunded for the program charges paid to my program?

A: Georgia Tech will determine a date to assess program viability based on the current information available and timing of vendor pre-payments. Georgia Tech will require each program to make a first round of decisions on cancellations before non-refundable program funds are due to vendors. Cancellation before non-refundable funds are due will result in students not losing money paid to their program. After paying non-refundable program expenses to vendors, the standard Georgia Tech study abroad cancellation policy will apply. This policy says that should the program cancel due to circumstances beyond Georgia Tech’s control, only those funds recovered from vendors may be returned to students. Also, Georgia Tech cannot refund personal expenses incurred by students such as costs for visas, airfare, and other items not included in the program charge.

Q: I have been accepted to a study abroad, international internship or an exchange program for Summer 2021, should I buy plane tickets? Will the program refund my airfare costs if the program is canceled?

A: Students planning to go abroad for Summer 2021 are advised to wait to make large and/or non-refundable purchases such as airfare until closer to the program’s departure date. Georgia Tech will not be able to refund students’ airfare costs, so we recommend checking with airlines about cancellation policies, purchasing refundable/changeable tickets, and/or purchasing insurance from the airline directly to cancel the trip and receive a refund. Many airlines are being flexible about trip changes and cancellations, but students should know the airlines’ policies in order to make the best financial decisions for their personal situations.

Q: I’ve heard that students on canceled study abroad programs for summer 2020 were able to pay reduced study abroad tuition for courses offered in Atlanta. If my program is canceled in 2021, will I be able to pay the study abroad rate in Atlanta?

A: Students who were accepted to summer 2020 study abroad programs that were canceled were allowed to pay the study abroad rate for summer 2020 remote courses. This was a one-time exception approved by the University System of Georgia due to the late timing of the decision to cancel study abroad programs. There are no plans to offer this exception for future semesters.

 

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