Cornell University and the School of Continuing Education (SCE) are closely monitoring the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the risks involving international travel, as are our colleagues at Cornell's Office of Global Operations and International Health and Safety.

Please visit the Cornell coronavirus website, as well as the travel and study abroad page, regularly for updates and information.

Cornell is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for decisions about travel and programming abroad, including their Travel Health Notices.

Should the CDC categorize a destination as "Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel" prior to a program start date, Cornell will follow CDC guidelines, impose travel restrictions, and cancel the related study abroad program.

If the CDC categorizes a travel destination as "Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel" during a program, the program will continue. The decision to stay on with the program or leave the country will be at your discretion. Either way, Cornell will help you with arrangements on a case-by-case basis.


If there are no Level 3 CDC warnings and Cornell goes ahead with a program, but you opt to cancel, you will be subject to SCE's standing refunds and withdrawals policy.

If SCE is forced to cancel a program for which you have registered, SCE will notify students of the options available to them, which may include rescheduling the program, applying payment to future courses, or receiving a refund.

For more information

We encourage you to visit Cornell's health update web site for the most up-to-date coronavirus news, resources, and FAQs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Please contact us if you have further questions.

See also: Summer study options for students impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)