The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on study abroad programs world-wide. At the University of Illinois and the Gies College of Business, it is no different. Currently, all study abroad programs – semester exchanges and faculty-led – have been cancelled until January 15, 2021. This means Illinois students will NOT be going abroad during the 2020 Fall Semester. The January 15 order also cancels faculty-led, short-term programs usually scheduled for the Winter Break time-frame (January 2021). Knowing that the future is uncertain, we hope that regular study abroad programming will resume for the Spring 2021 semester. We are watching developments around the world, and are also subject to direction from the University of Illinois…
Here are the pertinent deadlines for 2021…
• May 1, 2020: Priority deadline for Spring 2021 Semester Programs
• September 15, 2020: Final deadline for Spring 2021 Semester Programs
• November 15, 2020: Final deadline for Spring Break 2021, faculty-led Programs
• February 15, 2021: Final deadline for Summer Break 2021, faculty-led Programs
Watch this space for future updates.
The Gies College of Business is committed to preparing students to work and compete in an international business environment. By participating in a study abroad program you can give yourself a competitive edge in the job market. Employers now seek out individuals who have had international experience. As more and more opportunities are being offered by the Gies College of Business and the campus, there is little excuse for graduates in today’s job market to lack exposure to the international business environment. Developing an understanding of the world beyond the boundaries of the United States is an advantage to anyone in a business career, which is why the Gies College of Business has a goal of having 100% study abroad participation.
Did you know that most of the Gies College of Business semester programs do not cost any more that a semester at UIUC?
There are many opportunities for Gies College of Business students to study abroad. Students have the option of studying abroad for a few weeks, a summer or an entire semester. In addition to programs sponsored by the Gies College of Business, the University of Illinois has hundreds of study abroad options to choose from.
Make an appointment with Nicole Lamers, PhD, Christine Walls, or Dan Anderson in 2019 BIF to learn what study abroad option would be best for you.
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign