PLU Study Away

Last updated March 18

Beginning in January, and aligned with best practices in the field, the Wang Center began monitoring the development of COVID-19 in programs worldwide guided by standard points of reference including, but not limited to: the US State Department Travel Advisories, Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, John Hopkins CCSE, international insurance providers, country-specific US Embassy alerts, and public health notifications. Based on the directives provided by these sources over the course of the semester and the university’s increased concern regarding travel disruptions, all spring short-term programs are now cancelled and all semester programs are now suspended. By suspended, we mean that semester study away students are returning home but will continue their coursework online and will receive credits for their semester abroad. PLU has its own staff and partner program staff on the ground supporting our Lutes away during this very difficult and unprecedented global event.

The Wang Center staff has also been working hard on the back end supporting students with ticketing and guidance for travel home including what to expect in air travel and health guidelines for those returning from impacted areas. As has been the case for PLU students at home, involuntary suspension of programs has created upheaval for our Lutes away and traveling home, especially, has been a challenge. The Wang Center is aware of this, as are many of the impacted students, our staff on the ground, and families. Together we are working to make their return as smooth as possible given these unprecedented circumstances.

PLU’s 24/7 Europ Assistance

As a reminder to students currently studying abroad, PLU’s 24/7 Europ Assistance travel insurance is available for a referral to medical care, mental health support, or regional travel advisories at: