Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information


International Programs Office: COVID-19 Information

August 2021 Update:

New York State has continued to suspend all study abroad programs and other university-sponsored student international travel through Fall 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. SUNY has submitted to New York State a proposed reopening plan that will include the petitioning to SUNY Office of Global Affairs to reopen certain Spring 2022 study abroad programs in locations deemed lower risk. If New York State approves this reopening plan, SUNY Cortland International Programs will petition to reopen study abroad programs in a select number of countries, based on assessment of risk and aligning with specific country travel and entry policies. 

SUNY Cortland does not anticipate being able to operate any Winter 2022 study abroad programs, either due to current CDC risk levels at our program locations, scheduling conflicts with the Spring 2022 term, or lack of New York State approval for SUNY’s reopening plan. If you are interested in a Winter 2022 study abroad program, you may pursue programs being petitioned for opening by other-SUNY schools, if they are approved by SUNY. Please contact our office for more information.

Once New York State approves the SUNY plan, SUNY Cortland International Programs will proceed in filing petitions to reopen select programs. Students, if you are interested in studying abroad during Spring 2022, please visit our website, where you can view program pages for all SUNY Cortland study abroad programs. Programs that we will petition to reopen currently have open applications in our Horizons study abroad portal. Please contact studyabroad@cortland.edu to speak with an advisor to help you plan for Winter/Spring 2022 and beyond.


The health of our students, including our study abroad and international students, is our highest priority. We carefully track guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. State Department, the New York State Department of Health, and local agencies when making decisions on the status of our programs. We are hopeful that global health conditions will stabilize and allow us to offer our study abroad programs again soon. Despite the current hiatus of our study abroad programs, we are happy to work to help students prepare to study abroad so that they are ready to do so once it becomes realistic to resume.

Please read below for information on how you can stay informed and ready to study abroad in the future:

  • The U.S. Department of State and CDC (Center for Disease Control) have specific travel advisory levels for each country. Consult with each website for more information. For country specific information, visit the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories Website and Contact Info for Foreign Embassies and Consulates.
  • We strongly encourage students to continue to plan your study abroad experience, including completing your study abroad application by the October 1 deadline if planning to study abroad this winter and spring. Should any changes be made to the deadline or program status, you will be informed by email.
  • Prepare a back-up plan. It’s always a good idea to have a fully developed back-up plan for the time you intend to study abroad, such as a different program or country, or studying at your home campus.
  • FAQ for International Students
  • Monitor the following websites for updated information such as travel warnings and restrictions:

Center for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDC)

SUNY Cortland COVID-19 Resources and Updates

SUNY Cortland Restart Information

U.S Department of State Travel Advisories

Please contact us at studyabroad@cortland.edu if you have questions.