Summer 2021 FAQs

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

A: Georgia Tech study abroad programs have been cancelled for Summer 2021. Students planning to participate in an international internship should make an appointment with a GRIP advisor in OIE for questions about the GRIP program. The Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL) and the Georgia Tech Shenzhen (GTSI) campuses will be open and operating during 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.

Q: I have questions about GRIP (Global Research and Internship Program), where can I find answers to my questions?

A: For more information and FAQs about GRIP can be found here

Q: I've heard 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.

Q: Does Georgia Tech provide Covid-19 testing for those who will work/travel/study abroad as a part of a Georgia Tech program? 

A: Yes, more information can be found here

Q: I am scheduled to work/study/travel abroad as part of a Georgia Tech program during Summer 2021. Will I have access to the vaccine through Georgia Tech before I travel?

A: It is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated for Covid-19 before traveling internationally. Georgia Tech's vaccine distribution clinic will continue to operate on campus throughout the summer. More information can be found here

Summer 2021 Virtual Programs FAQs

Q: My summer study abroad program has pivoted to a virtual format with no international travel. Will I be able to take virtual study abroad classes with regular summer Atlanta classes? 

A: No, students participating in a virtual study abroad program may only take courses that are part of their program. Students will not be permitted to register for courses offered during either of the short summer terms, even if the dates of these terms do not conflict with the program dates. Specific program dates may vary from the summer term. The program's Faculty Director will communicate the specific program dates in advance.

Q: If my study abroad program pivots to a virtual format, will my program still have a program charge?

A: Programs that pivot to a virtual format may still have a program charge. Please go to your program's brochure page in Atlas to see if your program has a charge.

Q: Since my study abroad program pivoted to a virtual format, will I be charged out-of-state tuition? 

A: No, students participating in virtual study abroad programs will pay the in-state tuition rate (regardless of their residency status) plus the USG special institutional fee and the GT Technology fee. For official tuition rates and more information, visit the Bursar's website  

Q: If I am participating in a study abroad program that pivoted to a virtual format, how will I register for the courses offered in the program? 

A: Students participating in a study abroad program that pivots to a virtual format will register just as do for Atlanta-based courses via OSCAR. The program's Faculty Director will provide students with the CRNs needed to register for the program's courses. 

Q: I am enrolled in a virtual study abroad program and I am receiving a "Campus Restriction" error message while trying to register. What should I do?

A: You should contact OIE via education.abroad@oie.gatech.edu. OIE can only correct the "campus restriction" error; requests for permits, prerequisite overrides, and overloads must be made directly to the academic unit offering the course.

Q: I was enrolled in a study abroad program that has pivoted to an online virtual program and I am no longer interested in participating. What should I do? 

A: You should notify your program director and OIE if you are no longer interested in participating in the program. Once you notify OIE, our office will withdraw your application from the system and change your registration code so you can register for courses on the Atlanta campus. Please note you will be subject to your program's cancellation policy. 

Q: Will I have access to all Campus services while I participate in a virtual study abroad program?

A: No, students participating in virtual study abroad programs will not have access to Campus services such as the CRC, the health center, dining services, etc. Since students on virtual study abroad programs will only pay for the USG special institutional fee and the GT technology fee, those students will not have access to Campus services. 

Fall 2021 FAQs

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

A: Yes, Georgia Tech is planning to operate programs abroad during Fall 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.

Q: I have questions about GRIP (Global Research and Internship Program), where can I find answers to my questions?

A: For more information and FAQs about GRIP can be found here

Q: If my Georgia Tech Fall 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 decision on cancellations before non-refundable programs funds are due to vendors. Cancellation before non-refundable program funds are due to vendors. Cancellation before 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, an international internships or an exchange program for Fall 2021, should I buy plan tickets? Will the program refund my airfare costs if the program canceled?

A: Students planning to go abroad for Fall 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: Does Georgia Tech provide Covid-19 testing for those who will work/travel/study abroad as a part of a Georgia Tech program? 

A: Yes, more information can be found here

Q: I am scheduled to work/study/travel abroad as part of a Georgia Tech program during Fall 2021. Will I have access to the vaccine through Georgia Tech before I travel?

A: It is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated for Covid-19 before traveling internationally. Georgia Tech's vaccine distribution clinic will continue to operate on campus throughout the summer. More information can be found here.