FAQs for Spring 2021

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

A: Yes, at this time Georgia Tech is planning to operate programs abroad for Spring 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), 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 Spring 2021 Exchange Program cancels before departure, what will happen to the exchange program deposit I’ve paid to Georgia Tech?

A: If Georgia Tech cancels exchange programs before classes begin at the partner university, the Office of International Education (OIE) will return the exchange program deposit paid to Georgia Tech.

Q: I am applying to a Spring 2021 Georgia Tech exchange or faculty-led study abroad program, but I’m worried that if it gets canceled, I won’t have housing or courses for spring in Atlanta. How can Georgia Tech help me navigate this challenge?

A: Students applying to Spring 2021 Georgia Tech Exchange Programs should register for Atlanta courses according to the regular registration schedule and time tickets. If the programs proceed as planned, students will drop their Atlanta schedules and will need to switch to the exchange placeholder course (Foreign Studies 4xxx or Foreign Studies 6xxx) during Late Registration. This process will ensure that if programs are canceled, students will already be registered for a full Atlanta schedule. This gives students the security of a backup schedule in Atlanta. For Georgia Tech Housing, we strongly recommend that students NOT cancel Georgia Tech housing contracts prematurely. OIE will provide students with a housing cancellation form, but recommends that students wait until the Georgia Tech Housing cancellation deadlines in November to cancel campus housing contracts.

Q: If my Georgia Tech Spring 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 states 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: What is my program’s cancellation policy? Where can I find it?

A: Each program's cancellation policy can be found on the Program's Brochure page at www.atlas.gatech.edu. Cancellation policies are also posted on each program’s individual web sites and/or in their printed materials.

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

A: Students planning to go abroad for Spring 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.

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.