It is with heavy hearts that California Lutheran University has made the decision to extend the cancellation of all international away programs through Spring 2021. This difficult decision was made in consideration of the current international mobility policies, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, and extensive review of additional health, safety and risk management factors.


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.


Are any programs approved for Spring 2021?

The only programs approved for Spring 2021 are virtual programs and the Cal Lu Washington D.C. program.

What actions should Spring 2021 applicants take?

All spring 2021 applicants have been informed of the cancellation of international study away programs. They should respond that email with any questions or updates. The Office of Education Abroad team will work with each student to create an action plan that best suits their academic, professional and personal goals.

Are Travel Seminars and Summer 2021 programs approved?

Yes, currently all travel seminars and summer 2021 away programs are approved. 

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.

Travel Seminar programs will be reviewed from November 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.

What are some risk factors with studying abroad 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 for students participating in a Travel Seminar or Summer '21 program? 

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.