Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Coronavirus Information for Study Abroad Students

Updated August 23, 2021 

Western Illinois University is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, China. The virus has been designated SARS-CoV-2, while the disease it causes has been designated COVID-19. This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the  Illinois Department of Public Health  and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission.

How is WIU monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?

A team of university officials is monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 worldwide. To assess risks related to study abroad travel, the university uses a number of resources, including news reports, governmental agencies, professional health and security organizations, and more. University updates can be found on this webpage:

How does WIU make decisions about its study abroad programs?

WIU takes guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). As per CDC recommendation, WIU will cancel study abroad programs when the country of destination is classified as a "level two" concern or above.

It is advised that travelers consider the risks involved in international and domestic travel.  Also, in this consideration, please review the links below provided by the World Health Organization and the CDC: 

Are there restrictions on study abroad program travel at WIU?

All individuals traveling internationally on behalf of WIU, including and especially those participating in Study Abroad, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  As of this writing, future programs are still in development and are scheduled to be offered.  More details on the University's current travel policy can be found on the WIU Coronavirus "Return to Campus" page.   

Does WIU Study Abroad and Outreach have any recommendations for students planning to study abroad in future semesters? 

Interested students may contact Study Abroad and Outreach to begin planning.  NOTE: Future travel is not guaranteed.