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Study Abroad

Last Updated: 03/16/2020 4:45 p.m. (This document is evolving. Please check back for updates.)

As of March 15, 2020, most Bradley students who were enrolled in Spring 2020 academic programs abroad have either returned to the U.S. or have confirmed return plans. Most of Bradley’s affiliated programs abroad have provided a means for students to complete course work remotely. Students who have questions about the transition to online course completion should consider directing questions first to their affiliated program directors or staff, and if questions remain unanswered, feel free to inquire with studyabroad@bradley.edu.

How is Bradley monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?

A team of university officials is monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19. Bradley takes guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State, and also consults professional organizations in the field of education abroad, peer institutions, and our overseas partners.

What would happen if a Bradley-affiliated study abroad program was suspended?

Bradley works closely with our academic partners who provide study abroad programs with the goal of mitigating potential impacts on students’ academic progress. This is inevitably handled on a case-by-case basis.

If a student chooses to leave a study abroad program that has not been suspended, how might that student’s academic credit be affected?

Bradley understands that personal tolerance for risk may vary, and that final decisions will be made between a student and their family. If students choose to leave a program and return home, we respect that decision. Students should contact the Study Abroad Office as soon as a decision has been made, and we would recommend they notify their academic adviser of their choice as well. We will work with our partners to try to support the student’s completion of their work with that program, but awarding of academic credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.

Does Bradley have any recommendations for students traveling independently while on study abroad?

The university asks students to follow all health and safety recommendation from their onsite Affiliated Program staff and faculty, especially in terms of independent travel. The university also recommends that students take responsibility for their own safety. For example, the university strongly recommends that everyone reconsider even personal travel to any country with a CDC level 3 or State Department level 4 advisory based on the novel coronavirus. We encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Students who are traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent illness, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions:

  • Students should register all independent travel with their onsite program staff. The program staff’s ability to help in case of difficulty is increased by knowing students’ plans in advance.
  • Students should keep cell phones fully charged and operational, and check their email at least daily.
  • Students should travel with all key documents, including their passport and insurance documents.
  • Students should travel with a full supply of any regular over-the-counter medications that they use, regardless of how long they plan to be away. Prescription medications should be packaged in their original containers.

In this unprecedented situation of a rapidly evolving worldwide situation world of fast-moving information, we understand that inaccurate information does sometimes emerge. We encourage you to enquire at studyabroad@bradley.edu if you have specific questions. Bradley will directly contact students currently abroad with updates. (Note: the Study Abroad Office can reach out to students’ designated emergency contacts only in very specific situations, such as when a student has been incapacitated or when we cannot reach the student.)

Please contact studyabroad@bradley.edu with questions.


This page is intended to provide information about the novel coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.