AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn University announced in an email Friday morning that summer classes will be held online this year.

The summer semester consists of three different sessions. Session 1 (10 weeks, May 20--July 21) and Session 2 (5 weeks, May 20--June 23) will be online, with a decision about the classes for Session 3 (5 weeks, June 29--July 31) being made by June 1.

Registration for summer classes opens on April 6. Students can purchase materials for classes through the Auburn University bookstore and have those materials shipped to them for free.

Summer study abroad programs have also been canceled by the university, as the United States is under a Level 4 global health advisory, which indicates that citizens should not travel.

The Office of International Programs will work with students to refund any program fees paid for both spring and summer semesters. Students studying abroad this spring were sent home in early March.

"While I am hopeful that the risks associated with COVID-19 will lessen in the coming weeks and months, Auburn must continue to do its part to decrease the chances of transmitting the virus and protect the health of others," said President Jay Gogue. "I know this decision is disappointing for our students and faculty who had planned to study abroad this summer. However, I am confident that limiting travel and continuing remote instruction for the foreseeable future is the best way that Auburn can actively help to slow the transmission of the virus."