Cal Lutheran students will be approved to participate in domestic and international study away programs for Spring and Summer 2021, as long as the travel is mutually safe for the student and the host country. This decision will be made taking into consideration various review factors, such as the recommendations of the host institution, U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories and Overseas Security Advisory Council, Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the local government of the host country, and Cal Lutheran operational expectations.


Can Cal Lu students participate Winter/J-Term Programs in 2020?

Cal Lutheran students are approved to participate in virtual winter/J-term international education programs that start on or after December 7, 2020 and end on or before January 15, 2021.


How will Cal Lutheran approach Spring/Summer '21 Cancellations?

The Office of Education Abroad will use a country-specific strategy for any program cancellations. This means the office will issue any cancellation based on the recommendations for that specific program/destination, rather than issuing a full ban across all programs.

Spring programs will be reviewed from October 15, 2020 through the beginning of the anticipated program start date.

Summer programs will be reviewed from March 1, 2021 through the beginning of the anticipated program start date.

The Office of Education Abroad reserves the right to cancel programs at any time. The office will offer alternate programs or deferral options as appropriate.

Can students register for classes at Cal Lutheran in case their spring study abroad program is cancelled? 

Yes! The Registrar’s Office at California Lutheran University will allow all students who have applied to study abroad for Spring 2021 to also apply for courses at Cal Lutheran. Students hoping to study away for Spring 2021 should register for classes at Cal Lutheran when the registration period opens during the fall. Should a student’s away program be cancelled, study away participants will have courses that will keep them on track towards graduation.

What are some risk factors with studying abroad Spring/Summer '21?

Even if a program is approved by the Office of Education Abroad, participants should be aware they assume all risks associated with participating in the program, including pandemic related risks. California Lutheran University will not be responsible for any issues that may arise with the program.

California Lutheran University will not provide financial assistance for repatriation or unexpected expenses. Refunds may be issued directly from partner universities or organizations, but all administrative fees paid directly to the university are non-refundable.

Each participant will be required to review and sign a Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement.

Are there any other considerations? 

International students, please verify this information with your home country. Review requirements for passport renewal and/or visa request (if needed) for the county you plan to study abroad.

  • Country &/ Program expectations may limit a person’s ability to travel beyond the general city/regional area of the program site. There may be additional restrictions/parameters placed on the away experience to accommodate for country-response to COVID-19 or other concerns. Cal Lutheran expects all study away participants to follow the program/city/state/country guidelines and encourages minimal additional travel beyond the planned program.
  • When selecting a program, it is important to find one that best suits your academic, personal and professional goals. It is also important to review the program’s cancellation and refund policy before you commit.