COVID-19 and International Education at WU

We are no longer posting program updates on this page. The last announcement was posted June 30, 2021.

We are optimistic at this time about international education. As we look to fall we see that individual programs and countries are constantly evaluating their ability to welcome students to their campus. Timing of vaccination availability, relaxation of travel restrictions, and changes in country COVID levels are some considerations for students coming to WU and traveling out.

For general questions about study abroad, please explore our website or contact our office at

Parents are encouraged to explore the OIE information on our Parent page.

Current COVID-19 news: We encourage you to visit resources for the CDC, World Health Organization, the Department of State, and International SOS

We will be fully returned to our physical offices on campus by August 2, 2021. The best way to reach us is to use our shared email address We continue to support international and study abroad students and we are available to individuals and groups for virtual meetings using Zoom.


(last update 6/30/2021)

We are optimistic about international programs in the academic year 2021-2022. Our team is engaged with international partners and global health resources to continually assess programs to give our students a safe experience.


  • Fall 2021 & Spring 2022: Willamette currently plans to operate in-person and welcomes international short-term/exchange students.


  • Summer 2021 programs are canceled. Cancellations were the result of necessary caution, timing, and specific conditions in program host countries and for travel. In addition to protecting our students, we also want to honor and protect our international partners, institutions, and the local population.
  • Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 programs are currently planning to operate. On the program level, some host countries and institutions have cancelled or limited incoming students. Students in these situations have been contacted about alternative opportunities either in the same or future semester. We welcome your questions about your individual program and will keep students aware of pertinent information during the predeparture process.


October 13, 2020

Willamette University has decided to allow spring semester 2021 outbound domestic study away programs in the US with a waiver process.

September 28, 2020

Due to the continued restrictions related to COVID-19, Willamette University has canceled the spring semester 2021 study abroad programs. Outbound domestic study away programs for spring semester 2021 are in review.

Inbound international exchange programs to WU are allowed however, students may still encounter visa application difficulties and travel restrictions to the U.S.

June 3, 2020

Due to continued restrictions related to COVID-19, Willamette University has canceled all Fall semester study abroad programs. Many programs were previously canceled, including summer programs, due to conditions in certain countries and at the direction of our program partners.
WU has suspended inbound international exchange programs.

Willamette University

Office of International Education

Global Learning Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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