SAI Spring 2022 On-Site Program Policies
April 22, 2021

For updates on SAI’s response to Coronavirus regarding current programs see COVID-19 updates

You may have concerns about studying abroad this spring due to the lingering effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To begin, please know that we are currently operating programs abroad safely and responsibly. We remain hopeful that prospects for world travel will only improve, as vaccination rates increase worldwide. Nevertheless, we understand that this situation, with all of its unknowns, can be uncomfortable, so we have made some policy changes that we hope will ease your decision-making.

We expect that all of our on-site programs will be reopened in Spring 2022. We will be keeping a close eye on the evolving health and quarantine situation in each location, and will make amendments as needed to ensure a safe, flexible experience for you.

SAI Spring 2021 students enjoying Florence

What you should know

  • We have been operating programs abroad in a COVID-safe manner since September 2020. In doing so, we have refined our protocols, and have developed tools and systems to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
  • Your health and safety is our top priority, and we have updated our health and safety policies to guarantee the utmost care during the COVID-19 reality. See COVID-19 updates.
  • We are requiring all students studying abroad in Spring 2022 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This will ensure both a safe and flexible experience.
  • We updated our Spring 2022 Enrollment Cancellation Policy to allow students more time to withdraw without penalty. (see below)
  • We have extended our application deadlines (check program pages for this information).
  • We have extended our payment deadlines to give you more time before you make an investment in your experience (check program pages for your program’s deadlines).
  • We are offering some programs that are under 91 days in length, thus not requiring a student visa, for those that are looking for added flexibility.
  • We are running virtual “Town Hall” meetings to give students and families a place to connect and ask SAI staff questions about the upcoming term (see here).
  • We will be monitoring the global situation, and will provide updates regarding any further programmatic changes, should they be required.

Revised Spring 2022 Enrollment Cancellation Policy

Check-in day is considered the start of the term. The application fee and confirmation deposit are not refundable. Further program cost liability is based on the date on which SAI receives a cancellation request using the online SAI Cancellation & Deferment Request Form.

Florence (FUA), Rome (JCU, NABA), Milan (NABA), Sorrento (SA), Siena (SIS), Barcelona (UAB, UPF, CETT, UVic, BCN Internships):

  • 36 or more days before the start of term**: full refund is provided (minus the non-refundable confirmation deposit and application fee)
  • 35 – 8 days before the start of term**: liable for 50% of the program cost
  • 7 days or less before the start of term: liable for 100% of the program cost.

** On November 30, 2021, we announced a further extension of our Enrollment Cancellation Policy for some programs: JCU, NABA, SA, SIS, UAB, UVic, BCN Internships: 50% liability begins on December 14, 2021

All other programs:

  • 76 or more days before the start of term: full refund is provided (minus the non-refundable confirmation deposit and application fee)
  • 75 – 36 days before the start of term: liable for any costs that are not recoverable, up to 30% of program cost
  • 35 – 8 days before the start of term: liable for 50% of the program cost
  • 7 days or less before the start of term: liable for 100% of the program cost

Program cost includes all costs associated with enrollment (including program add-ons and any optional or additional fees).

Please note that if a student’s home institution cancels a study abroad program prior to the SAI cancellation policy going into effect and the student is no longer permitted to study abroad, all program fees paid, including the confirmation deposit, will be refunded (the application fee is non-refundable). If a student’s home institution cancels after the SAI cancellation policy goes into effect, SAI will make every effort to refund any recoverable costs.

We hope these changes provide some comfort during these uncertain times. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome to your study abroad host city in the new year!

Are you unsure about next steps? Let your SAI admissions team help you out! Reach out at 800-655-8965,, or find us on LiveChat.

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SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.