Study Away (Abroad and Domestic)
Due to health and safety concerns over the past four months, the OIE had to make incredibly difficult yet important decisions to recall all students and faculty participating in Spring 2020 study away programs to their homes of record and cancel all Summer & Fall 2020 study away programs. In some instances, students planned academically and financially to engage in these life changing experiences months - even years - in advance, making this situation devastating. UW-Stout’s OIE hopes that students who had their studies interrupted will consider taking part in future programs. We are working hard to plan and promote faculty-led, semester and year-long opportunities for the WinTerm 2021 and beyond.
The application and OIE service fees associated with UW-Stout study away have been refunded to all students who were recalled and unable to earn academic credit during the 2020 spring, summer and fall terms. Students who experienced financial hardship because of COVID-19 are recommended to contact the UW-Stout Dean of Students Office to apply for emergency fund assistance.
OIE’s policy is to continuously review and evaluate upcoming programs and make decisions on postponement or cancellation 60 - 90 days in advance of program start dates. There are many considerations that are evaluated by UW-Stout when determining if a program can run, including but not limited to the U.S. State Department and CDC Travel Advisory Levels (below Level 3 is necessary), trend data regarding the number of active and new COVID-19 cases, and the country’s (or region’s) medical infrastructure to support infected patients.
The OIE remains hopeful that WinTerm, Spring and Summer 2021 study away programming will run. We encourage students to identify programs of interest and submit applications. Note that in the event a future program is cancelled due to the pandemic, associated UW-Stout application fees will be refunded.