May 4, 2020

Purdue suspends student international travel, programs until Spring 2021 semester

To protect student health and safety, Purdue University has suspended student international programs and travel through the start of the Spring 2021 semester for Purdue students enrolled at the West Lafayette campus.

That includes, for the coming fall semester and winter break, all international student travel that is part of study abroad or is University-sponsored. Michael Brzezinski, dean of international programs, said the final decision was made with key input received from University leadership.

“Suspending study abroad programs and University-sponsored non-study abroad student travel for both the fall semester and winter break was not a decision that the University took lightly,” Brzezinski said. “All parties unanimously agreed that it was necessary to suspend University-sponsored student travel abroad until Spring 2021 due to COVID-19 uncertainties. We look forward to the day when we can send our students abroad again. We'll be ready when we have greater assurance that student health concerns will be mitigated to a more reasonable and acceptable level.”

For fall study abroad students, their deposits will be fully refunded and study abroad advisors will continue to interact with them about stopping or postponing their study abroad experience.


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