We believe now more than ever in the power of travel to transform your life.

On your future LeadAbroad program, you’ll be inspired by Cape Town sunsets, afternoons wandering the cobblestone streets of Rome or the life-long friendships created through adventure.

Deferred Student FAQs

Happy to answer your questions individually! Setup a time to chat here or see FAQs below.

As a 2020 deferred student, you have first access to the 2021 application. Click here and enter the password VIP. If you aren’t sure which program you want to apply for or want to get more information before starting the application, pick a time here for a team member to give you a call!

Once you start the application, make sure you get to the final page and click “submit.” Sometimes students have issues getting locked out when they abandon the application before completion.

No, your deferral balance from 2020 will cover that payment! Depending on how much credit you have available from last year, you will make future payments according to the standard payment schedule. If you aren’t sure how much money you deferred or want to walk through the payment process in detail, click here to pick a time for a quick call from our deferred student support team.

When you get to the final page of the application, click “pay later”. This will allow you to submit the application and apply your deposit from last year.

For students who aren’t interested in going on a future program but still deferred their balances, we plan to do even more than what we agreed to last March. While the deferral agreement specifically states that “under no circumstances are the Deferred Funds to be refunded to Participant at any future time” and we are under no obligation to do so, we still intend to provide ways to recoup funds for deferred students who decide not to go on programs, through a direct transfer or the ‘pool’ option.

Students can find a direct transfer to another student and recoup their funds that way. Dozens of students have found siblings, cousins, chapter members or friends to sell their deferred credits to.

Students can also participate in our group transfer option (which we’re calling “the pool”) that was created for students who don’t have a direct match. This program is set up as a many to many transfer rather than a one to one transfer. It gives the opportunity for us to return monies to deferred students who aren’t utilizing or transferring their credit, based on utilizing proceeds from running 2021 programs.

We do need to run the programs to generate funds from which we can return monies and the amount of available funds to return will only be known upon the completion of programs.

Fund disbursements would take place upon the completion of summer programs in August 2021. Funds will be returned based on the following formula which provides equitable returns based on the amount each student has in the pool (Total Pool Funds x (Individual Student Credits in Pool / Total Pool Credits)).

The deadline to sign up for the pool for 2021 is May 15, 2021 and can be done by the student emailing info@leadabroad.com with their request to join the pool.

There are two ways to transfer your deferred credit. A direct transfer is when you know a specific person signing up for LeadAbroad 2021 who wants to use your credit. If you don’t know anyone (and we can give you ideas for ways to find people), you can also join our transfer pool. We’re happy to chat with you about the details. Email Joanna at Joanna@LeadAbroad.com to chat more about your particular situation.

We’ve been working with our partners to offer the best possible line up of study abroad experiences for summer 2021.  We recognized that we needed to consolidate our program options to our most popular locations and program types to maximize our strongest international staff, focus on itineraries with lower health risks and partner with trusted vendors. If your 2020 program is not being offered in 2021, please talk to our program staff directly to hear about your options.

Stay in touch and bookmark this page! We will post updates for deferred students here and when applications for summer 2022 are available, you will be the first to know! Fill out your info here so we know you are hoping to travel in winter 2021 or summer 2022.

In response to COVID-19, we are committed to going above and beyond for the health and safety of our students and staff. We are in constant communication with local experts, agencies and risk advisory consultants to best understand how we need to design our programs to optimize the students’ experience. Every country is responding to COVID-19 differently and has unique and fluid requirements for tourists. We are monitoring these closely and as we get closer to departure we will communicate to you and your student any specific requirements, new processes or safety procedures.


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Joanna Harbin

Student support

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Michael McDaris

Student Onboarding

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Finances and payment plans


Parent support


Alternative Options

If you’ve decided that summer 2021 is not the best time for you to travel, that’s okay! Here’s some alternative options:

Save your deferred credit.

Save your credits and be the first on the list for tentative winter 2021 or summer 2022 programs.

Join our VIP list for these programs here!

Pay it Forward.

Donate your credits to a scholarship for a deserving student who otherwise couldn’t afford to study abroad.

Email Marc@LeadAbroad.com to get your scholarship set up.

Transfer your deferred credit.

Transfer your deferred credits to another student planning to travel with LeadAbroad or join the pool option.

Email Joanna@LeadAbroad.com to get started on the transfer process.

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