The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) globally. This page includes updates and FAQs relevant to our program participants as well as our global and campus partners.

You may also review Chancellor Jones’ and Provost Cangellaris’ April 2 MASSMAIL: Summer 2020 courses to continue remotely and April 6 MASSMAIL: Summer camps and summer events for students, faculty, and staff, as well as our April 8 message to the GET community.

Review the latest communication from the GET team:

This page was last updated on April 15, 2020.


Following the April 2 message about Summer 2020 courses and the April 6 message about Summer camps and events from Chancellor Jones and Provost Cangellaris, we are cancelling GET’s on-campus summer programs with a start date prior to before July 10, 2020. This decision was not made lightly and we understand the disappointment this may bring to our program partners and participants.

For GET’s on-campus summer school programs with a start date after July 10, we are now developing online versions of these programs for international students. More information will be available soon.

We are closely following and adhering to University guidance on instruction:

  • Effective March 23 and through the remainder of the spring semester, academic courses through GET programs will no longer be delivered in person, and instead will be provided through online platforms.
  • Individual instructors will be communicating to participants about procedures specific to their courses under this online format.
  • GET program coordination staff are available to support this transition and facilitate communication with partners and students as needed.

Following guidance from U.S. federal and state agencies and from University of Illinois leadership, GET is implementing social distancing to help reduce the spread of the virus:

  • Effective Tuesday, March 17, the GET office in Research Park will be closed to foot traffic until further notice.
  • GET staff members will work remotely from authorized locations and will be available during normal business hours via email, telephone and/or other communications tools.
  • We will maintain business operations and conduct meetings by telephone and online.

Although we will not be in the GET office, we will be accessible and responsive to our community.

  • We are sharing resources on COVID-19, communicating updates from the University to the students, and encouraging program participants to observe social distancing.
  • We are also checking in regularly to ensure their wellness. These students are welcome to reach out to GET staff at any time with concerns or questions.
  • GET is also communicating regularly with contacts at the international partner organizations with which these students are affiliated, to ensure careful coordination regarding their safety.

Many of these actions are similar to the steps that every citizen should take in the U.S. to limit the spread of the flu.

  • Maintain good hand and personal hygiene. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Dispose of tissues in a trashcan.
  • Minimize contact with anyone showing signs of respiratory illness, especially in confined areas.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • If you experience any of the associated signs and symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), and suspect you have been infected, contact your program staff and seek medical attention.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with animals and raw animal products.
  • Be aware of, and comply with, the guidance of local governments and/or program staff as the situation develops. We encourage travelers to stay in contact with their local staff.

We appreciate the patience and support of our students and partners during this transition. If you have questions, please contact us at

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