Coronavirus Updates

Below are the recent COVID-19 updates that affect study abroad programs at Marquette University.  For Spring 2021 study abroad students, we encourage colleges and advisors to check out our Spring 2021 Study Abroad: FAQs for Colleges & Advisors website. 

For general information, see our COVID-19 General Education Abroad information.

Warning sign COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update

October 21, 2020 9:09am

Fordham University has made the decision to continue the suspension of the Fordham in London program through the end of the spring 2021 semester. 

October 8, 2020 11:20am

As we move forward in the semester, the Office of International Education continues to monitor international and local sources surrounding the development of COVID-19 at our partner locations. At this time, we have decided to cancel spring semester study abroad participation on the following programs:  

  • Saint Louis University en Madrid
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas

October 7, 2020 2:01pm

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore announced that it has suspended in-person classes and will run its Spring 2021 academic semester online only via remote teaching and learning.

September 30, 2020 1:50pm

In consideration of student academic needs, Marquette University is cancelling spring semester study abroad programs to the following locations:

  • Universiteit Antwerpen
  • University of Copenhagen
  • International University-Vietnam National University (HCM)
  • University of Luxembourg
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • ESSEC Business School
  • Australian Catholic University
  • ZHAW-Zurich University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Innsbruck
  • Sogang University
  • Universidad Católica del Uruguay
  • European University Viadrina
  • Goethe Universität
  • Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  • Sophia University

Each of these programs has a program start date after the MU spring semester add, drop, swap or register deadline. Knowing that the situation surrounding COVID-19 can change quickly, we do not want to put students in a position in which a program could be cancelled last-minute, and it would be too late for that student to register in regular Marquette courses.

September 30, 2020 1:33pm

Due to ongoing border closures and current public health restrictions, Université Laval has canceled incoming and outgoing mobility for their 2021 Winter term (January-May).

September 30, 2020 1:30pm

Loyola University Chicago has made the decision to suspend for J-term 2021 and Spring 2021 all study abroad, including study at their global centers - John Felice Rome Center and Vietnam Center.

September 28, 2020 3:50pm

As we move forward in the semester, the Office of International Education continues to monitor international and local sources surrounding the development of COVID-19 at our partner locations. At this time, we have decided to cancel study abroad participation on the following programs:  

  • AMIDEAST programs
  • Encuentro Dominicano
  • Guanghua School of Management - Peking University
  • IQS Universitat Ramon Llull
  • Lingnan University
  • Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro
  • School for International Training (SIT) programs
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • The American University in Cairo
  • The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Tongji University
  • Universidad Alberto Hurtado
  • Universidad de Deusto
  • Universidad Diego Portales
  • Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico
  • Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla

September 24, 2020 4:10pm

As we move forward in the semester, the Office of International Education continues to monitor international and local sources surrounding the development of COVID-19 at our partner locations. At this time, we have decided to cancel study abroad participation on the following programs:  

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Universidad del Pacífico
  • Universidad del Salvador
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • University of Jordan
  • Universite Mohammed VI Polytechnique

September 16, 2020 9:20am

Monash University has canceled semester 1 (spring) 2021 in-person study abroad program.

August 31, 2020 9:30am

The University of Auckland has canceled winter and semester 1 (spring) 2021 incoming study abroad programs.

August 6, 2020 1:41pm

The U.S. Department of State and CDC have removed their worldwide advisories that have been in place since March. Country specific advisories have been restored and country specific COVID-19 guidance is available. Read more on the U.S. Department of State's website and CDC website.

July 6, 2020 2:20pm

Effective since mid-March, the European Union (E.U.) ban prohibited all U.S. travelers from entering E.U. countries, with few exceptions for those deemed essential. On June 30, 2020, the E.U. announced new guidelines for the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. These guidelines will be reviewed and updated by the European Union every two weeks.

While travelers from the United States are generally not included in the list of those permitted to enter the E.U. based on set criteria and conditions, the official press statement from the E.U. listed a number of exceptions to this travel ban, including students/third-country nationals traveling for the purpose of study. As of today, the information provided indicates students should still be able to study in Europe for the Fall 2020 semester. However, permission to enter the country will ultimately be the decision of the relevant authority in each country.

June 17, 2020 10:45am

Saint Louis University has cancelled their outbound fall 2020 study abroad programs.

June 10, 2020 3:31pm

Fordham in London has suspended their fall 2020 study abroad program.

June 10, 2020 11:48am

Students are advised that due to U.S. passport processing times, if you do not yet have a passport, it is unlikely you will receive one in time to be able to travel abroad for the fall semester.

May 18, 2020 3:13pm

Tecnológico de Monterrey has suspended all international mobility for fall 2020.

May 7, 2020 4:11pm

Due to current travel restrictions and unrest in Chile, Marquette University has decided to cancel the fall 2020 study abroad program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

May 6, 2020 11:17am

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has suspended their in-person fall 2020 study abroad program.

May 6, 2020 8:33am

Australian Catholic University has cancelled their fall 2020 exchange and study abroad program at all their campuses.

May 5, 2020 2:19pm

Universidad del Salvador has cancelled their fall 2020 incoming mobility program. 

May 1, 2020 4:00pm

Monash University has made the decision to cancel their in-person study abroad program for Fall 2020.

April 30, 2020 11:00am

All remaining summer study abroad programs have been cancelled. Project GO-Oman has been moved to an online format.

April 24, 2020 8:00am

The following study abroad programs have shortened to 89 days in-country for Fall 2020 providing U.S. passport holders an exemption to applying for a study visa prior to entry including arrival and departure dates (Note: stays 90 days or longer require application for a study visa. Students holding a U.S. passport should NOT depart earlier and/or remain in-country or in the Schengen region longer than the program start and end dates provided by the individual study abroad program.):

  • Gonzaga in Florence
  • Saint Louis University, Madrid
  • John Cabot University
  • American College of Greece (optional)

April 16, 2020 11:42am

Marquette's South Africa Service Learning program has been officially cancelled for Fall 2020.

March 31, 2020 11:40am

All summer study abroad programs starting prior to June 29 have been cancelled by the Provost or moved to an online format. We do not expect further decisions regarding summer 2020 study abroad programs until the end of April.

No fall study abroad programs have been cancelled at this time. Like our summer programs, we continue to review the situation in each country, as well as program start dates and required visa application processes and timelines.  Those factors will influence any recommendations we may make to the Provost regarding cancellation.

March 27, 2020 11:17am

In Vietnam, authorities have suspended all inbound international passenger flights.

March 27, 2020 8:53am

US CDC released a "Warning-Level 3" travel health notice due to COVID-19 activity in South Africa. This is the highest of three notice levels, indicating the US CDC recommends avoidance of any nonessential travel to South Africa. All students participating on the Marquette University South Africa program have returned home.

March 26, 2020 2:56pm

Spanish authorities have extended the current state of emergency through at least April 11 in an effort to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Related restrictions include closure of nonessential businesses (grocery stores, fueling stations, pharmacies will remain open), ban on unnecessary travel, private/public events, and closure of all schools and other educational institutions.

March 24, 2020 2:16pm

Irish authorities have extended the nationwide emergency measures until April 19 to continue to combat COVID-19. All gatherings for more than four people are banned and authorities have recommended that people stay home, and leave only for work in cases where remote working is not possible, grocery shopping, and physical exercise. All nonessential stores, as well as schools, will be closed until April 19.

March 24, 2020 10:07am

South African authorities have placed the nation on lockdown from March 26 at least through April 16, to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Public and private events of any type have banned gatherings of more than 100 people. During the lockdown, individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances including seeking medical care, buying food, medicines or other supplies (excludes health workers, emergency personnel, and security service providers).

March 24, 2020 9:13am

German federal and state authorities have instituted further preventive restrictions through at least April 19 as part of the country's efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Non-essential businesses, as well as entertainment and cultural venues, remaining closed; grocery stores, pharmacies, health care providers, banks, fuel stations, and transportation providers are exempt from the closure order. Additionally, a ban on public gathering of more than two people, requiring individuals to observe social distancing requirements, and restricting all restaurants to provide carry-out or delivery services only.

March 23, 2020 8:51am

Australia: Queensland officials will close its borders from March 25 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and will likely increase police deployments to enforce the measures. All nonessential services will close, except for grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, and fuel stations, until April 23. Some international flight carriers are halting services - travelers are advised to confirm with their airline before departing. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the government raised the alert level for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to Level 3. Starting March 25, New Zealand will move to Level 4 - the highest level - and implement associated restrictions through at least April 25. Under Level 4 restrictions, all educational institutions, nonessential businesses (excludes supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, utilities, and banks) will close. 

March 20, 2020 2:23pm

Authorities in the UK announced a nationwide lockdown on March 20, instructing non-essential businesses to close indefinitely from the evening of March 20 as part of the country's efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Takeout services for restaurants, cafes, and pubs will be allowed. Previously, authorities in London partially closed the London Underground (Tube) network. Up to 40 stations have closed at the end of service March 19. The remaining stations of the London Underground will suspend operations at night. Other public transport services, including buses, will also be reduced.

March 20, 2020 11:20am

The U.S. Department of State has released the following statement on their website regarding the issuance of passports, "Due to public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, we are only able to offer service for customers with a qualified life-or-death emergency and who need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours.

March 19, 2020 9:10pm

Marquette University partner institution the University of Auckland has confirmed that all courses in which our students are currently enrolled will be available via online or other distance learning methods.

March 19, 2020 4:55pm

Fordham University has cancelled the Fordham in London summer 2020 study abroad program.

March 19, 2020 4:00pm

The United State Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory (Do Not Travel) advising all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. "In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period."

March 18, 2020 4:55pm

UK authorities announced March 18 that all schools and universities will be closed indefinitely starting March 20 as part of the nation's effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Further restrictive and preventative measures are likely in the coming days. 

March 18, 2020 4:15pm

The Virgin Australia Group will suspend all international flights and make more cuts to domestic capacity, as quarantine measures accelerate amid the coronavirus outbreak. The airline says it will suspend all international flying from March 30 to June 14 and reduce group domestic capacity across Virgin and Tigerair by 50 percent.

March 18, 2020 10:25am

Marquette University partner institutions in Australia, Australian Catholic University and Monash University have both confirmed that they will offer most of their coursework online for the remainder of the semester. 

March 17, 2020 2:00pm

Marquette University partner institution for our South Africa Service Learning program, the University of the Western Cape, has announced that all coursework will be moving to online learning and teaching starting April 14. Courses will not be in session March 18 through April 13. The program is being suspended for the spring 2020 semester and all students will be returning home.*

March 17, 2020 1:50pm

Throughout the evolving COVID-19 situation here and abroad, health and safety of our Marquette community abroad remains of primary importance. As we are seeing countries close their borders and impose travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming increasingly complex. Marquette University’s benchmark for determining when we will strongly recommend that students return to the United States has been when the CDC changes a country to a level 3 “avoid non-essential travel”. With recent developments involving COVID-19 responses abroad, Marquette University is strongly recommending all Marquette students abroad to return to the U.S. This decision is not made lightly.  Marquette is working with our partners abroad to identify alternative options for students that have returned and are in the process of returning to help facilitate completion of a full load of courses this semester. During this time of uncertainty and rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, we encourage families, students, and loved ones to check the marquette.edu/coronavirus website for the most updated information and resources. 

We remind everyone to follow the recommendations outlined by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any faculty, student or staff who has traveled internationally (including cruise ship travel, or from any domestic states with known community transmission) MUST SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days before returning to campus. Those who are 14 days symptom free may return to campus. Visitors to Marquette are being asked to follow these same guidelines

March 17, 2020 9:31am

Germany announced that it will be shutting down most shops, bars and churches countrywide. Grocery shops, markets, banks, pharmacies and delivery services will remain open, while restaurants and other eating establishments will generally be allowed to open between 0600hrs and 1800hrs (0500-1700 UTC).

The French Government is imposing nationwide checkpoints due to COVID-19 outbreak and deploying around 100,000 police officers to enforce these lockdown measures.  This applies to all travelers in France.  It is unknown how long this will be in effect.

March 16, 2020 3:15pm

Marquette's partner institution in Cape Town, South Africa, the University of the Western Cape is closing until after the Easter holiday. Students who wish to return home can do so at any time and Marquette will work with each student to provide them with the continuity of UWC and Marquette course progress.

March 16, 2020 9:50am

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday declared a national state of disaster.  We are currently working with our resident director and our partner university to determine how to best move forward so students can complete their coursework.

March 15, 2020 12:40pm

As of Tuesday, March 17, all bars, clubs, and fitness centers will be closed in Berlin, Germany. Some restaurants remain open but others are closing. Regional transportation within Germany is being reduced in the coming week and widescale school closures are in effect.

March 14, 2020 9:25pm

The French Prime Minister ordered all bars, restaurants, and non-essential shops to close across the country in the fight against the coronavirus.

March 14, 2020 6:40pm

Spanish authorities announced on March 14 that they would impose a nationwide lockdown on the entire country from March 15 to last through at least March 29. The lockdown, which is intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), comes a day after Spain declared a national emergency. All businesses except grocery stores and pharmacies will be closed. Similar measures have been put into place by the countries of Italy, Greece and Poland to date.

March 14, 2020 1:00pm

  • The Andalucian government in Spain has closed Universities for the next 14 days.  Five Marquette University students are impacted.
  • The Greek government imposed additional significant restrictions for the public at large having previously closed all schools for a minimum of two weeks. Most businesses except grocery stores and pharmacies are required to be closed.

March 14, 2020 12:25pm

The U.S. government has extended the travel ban to include the UK and Ireland. Marquette University is strongly recommending that all students return home from these locations.

March 14, 2020 9:50am

All students continuing with their study abroad this semester are being emailed to advise that they not travel outside of their host country (inclusive of all countries except the United States).  This is as a result of various countries implementing incoming traveler restrictions and recommended self-isolation, intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

March 14, 2020 9:30am

Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran

March 13, 2020 4:00pm

As outlined in the Marquette Today COVID-19 update:

Self-quarantine guidance from the Wisconsin Health Department

As we shared in yesterday’s email message, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recommending that any faculty, student or staff who has traveled WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS where there is community spread of the coronavirus (international and domestic locations) MUST SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days, less the number of days since they arrived home, before returning to campus. For instance, if you returned from one of these areas 10 days ago, you must quarantine for 4 days. The CDC has an interactive map that shows the number of confirmed cases by state and the status of community transmission in each state – hover over each state to see the information. The CDC also has an interactive map that shows the number of confirmed cases by international country and the community transfer in each country – hover over each country to see the information.

Those who are 14 days symptom free may return to campus. You can work and learn online per university policy. Visitors to Marquette are being asked to follow these same guidelines.

March 13, 2020 3:50pm

Marquette University partner City University confirmed that it will be able to offer most courses online for the remainder of the term, so students can return home and complete all coursework remotely.

March 12, 2020 6:40pm

The President of France announced that all French schools and universities will be shut down starting Monday.

March 12, 2020 3:50pm

All University College Dublin (Ireland) coursework for Marquette University students will be offered online for the remainder of the semester. If students decide to complete their studies at UCD, all accommodation will continue to be available for the remainder of the semester, along with many of the on campus facilities.

March 12, 2020 2:20pm

As outlined in the Marquette University Important Decisions Related to COVID-19, under the “New travel restrictions” section, it states: “Any faculty, student or staff who has traveled internationally... MUST SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days before returning to campus. Those who are 14 days symptom free may return to campus.”  This also applies to our students returning from spring break and semester-long programs.

Program Update: Marquette partner Loyola University Chicago in Vietnam has suspended their program.  Marquette University has 1 student impacted.

March 12, 2020 11:00am

Program updates:

  • We are working with all partners abroad to determine the best way for our students to be able to complete their coursework online, both for those students we strongly recommended to return to the U.S. and those who are choosing to return.
  • API Poland program is closing and students will be able to complete coursework online.
  • SLU-Madrid is strongly recommending that all U.S. students return to their homes in the U.S.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students on the spring break program in the Czech Republic are making plans to return home early.
  • Law school students on the spring break program in Northern Ireland and Ireland will complete their program and return home Saturday as scheduled.

March 12, 2020 9:00am

Additional resources:

March 12, 2020 8:50 am

Republic of Ireland announced closure of schools and universities for 2 weeks.  We are contacting our partners at NUI-Galway and UCD to determine what impact this may have on our students studying there.

March 11, 2020 11:00pm

Marquette University strongly recommended that students from mainland Europe (not the UK or Ireland) return to the U.S. Students affected include 46 students from countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland.

March 11, 2020 8:00pm

Marquette partner Fordham University has suspended the Fordham in London program. Marquette University has 5 students impacted.

March 11, 2020 7:00pm

Marquette partner DIS Copenhagen has suspended all in-person activities, as a result of the Danish Prime Minister's sweeping measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Denmark. Marquette University has 1 student impacted.

March 11, 2020 4:30pm

Marquette University is continuing to monitor the situation on the ground in each country and location where our students are studying, and we are not anticipating making any universal decisions regarding all of our students currently abroad. In addition to the resources outlined on our COVID-19 General Education Abroad information webpage, we are seeking input and recommendations from our trusted partners on the ground who have the same ethos of student safety and health as Marquette University.

March 10, 2020 5:15pm

Marquette University strongly recommended that students in Europe not travel outside of their host country.

March 10, 2020 12:00pm

The Ministry of Health in Greece has closed all schools and Universities in Greece for the next 14 days.  Marquette University currently has 5 students at the American College of Greece in Athens.

March 10, 2020 9:30am

Our partner institution, the American College of Greece, has confirmed their first case of COVID-19. The University will be closed March 10 and 11.

March 9, 2020 4:30pm

Regional authorities of Madrid, Spain announced that all educational institutions must suspend classes starting Wednesday, March 11th for 15 days as a precautionary measure in response to the increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in the region. 

March 9, 2020 2:25pm

The Government of Jordan announced the temporary suspension of travel for foreign students, effective this week. Marquette University does not currently have any students studying in Jordan.

March 9, 2020 1:00pm

The Italian government has suspended all academic activities at schools and universities across the country until 3 April 2020.

March 6, 2020 1:45pm

  • Loyola University Chicago Vietnam Center announced a ban on independent student travel outside of Vietnam for current students.
  • Vietnam National University announced a delay in the start of their semester until at least mid-March.

March 4, 2020 3:30pm

Marquette University guidance on Coronavirus and spring break travel

March 4, 2020 3:20pm

Major airline carrier coronavirus refund or change fee policy links:

March 4, 2020 2:15pm

March 4, 2020 12:45pm

The Italian Ministry of Health announced that all Italian Schools, including Universities, will be closed from 5 March to 15 March. Our partner universities remain available to assist students during this period.

March 4, 2020 9:45am

All Marquette University study abroad students and their emergency contacts were emailed last night to inform them that we are monitoring the situation in all locations, but we are not recommending that students in other locations need to return to the U.S. at this time.

March 3, 2020 9:20 am

  • British Airways (BA) and Ryanair (FR) have canceled hundreds of flights connecting the UK with Europe and the US due to a fall in bookings due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The reduction in BA services is scheduled to run between March 16-28, though it could be extended. At this stage, 216 BA flights to Albania, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York, US, will be affected, though cancellations to other destinations could occur. FR is reducing flights by up to 25 percent on some routes between March 17-April 8; flights connecting with Italy are particularly impacted. Congestion is possible on available aircraft airlines operating parallel routes. Other airlines could implement similar service reductions and further flight cancellations, and schedule changes could be announced in the coming weeks.
  • The Office of International Education has cancelled all summer study abroad programs with travel to China, South Korea and Milan, Italy. No further summer program cancellations have been implemented at this time.

March 1, 2020 8:45pm*

All Marquette University study abroad students in Italy emailed with reminders for their return to the U.S.  At the time of writing, there were no federal, Wisconsin, Milwaukee or Marquette requirements regarding quarantine or self-quarantine for travelers returning from Italy. Reminder that the situation is constantly evolving and could change.

March 1, 2020 3:45pm*

American Airlines suspended all flights into and out of Milan and Delta airlines suspended some, with further cancellations coming. All 9 Marquette University study abroad students studying in Milan, Italy were told they need to make travel arrangements to return to the United States as soon as possible.

March 1, 2020 2:45pm*

Marquette University contacted students studying at the John Felice Rome Center to notify them we had been made aware of Loyola University of Chicago's decision to suspend the program; 8 students impacted.

March 1, 2020 2:20pm*

OIE reached out to all students studying in Milan to let them know the U.S. Department of State travel advisory had changed to a level 4 and advised students to keep up to date on guidance and that we were not sure how guidance may change in the coming days.

February 29, 2020 11:00am*

Marquette University strongly recommended that all students studying in Italy return to the U.S., due to the change in the U.S. Department of State and CDC travel advisories to a level 3; 36 students overall in Italy impacted.

February 26, 2020*

Marquette University notified of Gonzaga University's decision to suspend the Gonzaga in Florence program; 11 students impacted.

February 28, 2020*

Marquette University cancelled our students' participation on the Sogang University semester program in Seoul, South Korea; 2 students impacted.

January 28, 2020*

Marquette University notified of The Beijing Center's decision to cancel the spring 2020 program; 1 student impacted.

See our COVID-19 General Education Abroad information

 *Updates posted to this site after the date, for timeline purposes.

All dates and times listed above, if not marked with an asterisk (*) are the date and time of the posting of the update to this page.