Study Abroad Programs

Last Updated: March 30, 2020

Spring 2020 Study Abroad Information

What about academic credit for students’ whose study abroad programs are suspended?

Most providers who have suspended programs are providing the opportunity for students to complete their coursework remotely. We anticipate that practice to continue. Denison supports your completion of the academic program remotely with the oversight of the study abroad provider.

Any courses in which you are currently enrolled and which have already been approved by the Office of the Registrar will receive Denison credit. Questions about any other courses should be directed to Catherine Dollard in the Provost’s Office. We encourage you to be sure to save all of your academic work completed to date as you make the transition home.

In the unlikely event that providers are not able to support academic completion, we will work with our off-campus partners and host universities to try to support your completion of work with that program. Awarding of academic credit under those circumstances necessarily will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed. The details will be determined by the unique conditions of each situation, including the timing in the semester. Questions about any other courses should be directed to Catherine Dollard in the Provost’s Office.

Fall 2020 Study Abroad Information

Letter to Fall 2020 Study Abroad students dated March 27, 2020

As many of you are aware, our office has been working over the past few weeks to ensure that all of our Denison students who were off-campus this semester could return home safely after the abrupt suspension of their programs. These programs were suspended for a number of reasons: local spread of COVID-19, elevated travel advisories from the CDC and U.S. Department of State, intraregional travel advisories limiting travel, and, in many cases, all of the above.

As of today, none of our providers have suspended or canceled their Fall 2020 programs. Any of the factors mentioned above that compelled our students to return home early from their experience this semester could impact your plans for studying off-campus next fall. Our providers are careful, deliberate and student-focused in making those decisions.

The State of Ohio is under a “stay at home” order. Our office is working remotely and we are regularly monitoring events. We are aware that you want more direct advice and more certainty. However, we want to be thoughtful and careful about planning, and any other advice we might render at this point would be very incomplete and subject to lots of “ifs.” Our goal is to provide you more direct guidance about fall programming by April 15th. That gives our providers the time to make clear decisions that can help you with your own decision-making. It gives us time to develop plans to help you with next steps. It gives you time to explore other options for contingency planning and get adjusted to your new remote learning environment.

You have already received notification about registering for Fall 2020 courses at Denison as a backup plan. We strongly encourage you to do this. If your program runs as scheduled and you spend Fall 2020 off-campus as planned, you will simply need to inform the Registrar’s Office that you wish to drop your classes at Denison. Housing has already sent instructions that you should refer to for any of those types of questions.

Be assured that we will update you as quickly we can, with the best, most complete information possible. Thank you very much for your patience. As always, feel free to reach out to us for follow up at We are happy to schedule remote advising appointments.

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