Study Abroad Restrictions and Program Status

Last Updated: March 16, 2020

On March 11, 2020, President Trump issued a broad set of restrictions on travel to and from Europe. These restrictions apply to foreign nationals only, and they specifically limit travel to the US by residents of 26 countries.  On March 11, the CDC issued a Level 3 declaration for all countries in Europe and on March 16 a  Level 2 designation for all countries outside of the U.S.

In response, and consistent with the criteria for our travel restrictions, we are making the following difficult but necessary decisions:

  • All Study Abroad programs scheduled for the Spring term 2020 are cancelled. 
  • All Incoming Student Exchanges are cancelled (except for in-country students, see below).
  • All overseas Kettering students and U.S.-based faculty and staff will be returned home as soon as possible.

We understand the disappointment of impacted students with this decision; however, we are acting to ensure your safety and well-being, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help you with this transition.  We have developed individualized plans for each of our impacted students, and the Office of International Programs will contact each student individually over the coming days to discuss their specific situation and mitigation plan.

And consistent with State Department Recommendations:

  • Incoming in-country exchange students will be permitted to remain and continue the program in the spring as long as they have observed our quarantine requirements.

We have students currently overseas in programs in a number of countries. The needs of each of these students are unique and we are making plans for each student individually to ensure that they return safely and that there is minimal disruption to their academic progress. 

Provisions and plans coordinated by the Office of International Programs also are in place for international students and colleagues currently in residence at the University.

The OIP is available to answer questions and provide support to international students, staff, and faculty. The OIP office is located in the AB building (Room 3340) and can be reached by emailing or calling (810) 762-9869.