COVID-19 FAQ

What is the status of 2020/2021 Semester Study Abroad Programs?

Will 2021 Summer and 2021/2022 Semester Programs still run as normal?

  • CGE currently plans to run all summer 2021 and 2021/2022 semester programs​.
  • There may be COVID-related modifications to programs - This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, internship placements, transportation policies, and inter-continental or in-country travel restrictions.

If you need to cancel 2021 Summer or 2021/2022 Semester Programs, when will you make that decision?

  • We remain optimistic about the ability to offer study abroad programs Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022. As circumstances surrounding the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 continue evolve, CSB/SJU will monitor and consider global and local health, safety, and logistical factors.  Decision about program cancellations will be made on a program by program basis. You will be notified if your program is canceled with as much advance notice as possible.  

In light of COVID-19, what are the CGE cancellation policies?

  • For all 2021 Summer and 2021/2022 semester programs standard cancellation policies apply (short term cancellation policies, semester cancellation policies).
  • If program is cancelled by CGE prior to the program start date, you will recieve a full refund or your application fee and will not be charged any additional cancellation fees.

How is CGE assessing programs to decide if they will or will not run?

  • Below you will find our complete CSB/SJU Global Travel and Health Assessment.  As the COVID-19 landscape is rapidly evolving, the matrix will be updated to reflect upcoming program locations when we are within 4-5 months of program departure.

CSB/SJU Global Travel and Health Assessment

CGE continually monitors the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, and governmental health ministries to guide our programmatic decisions.  While risk can never be eliminated, we recognize that COVID-19 continues to present unique challenges for global travel.

CGE is using a global travel and health assessment for each study abroad program site.  Each country has a link to their U.S. Embassy should you wish to reference specific country information.   This assessment is based on seven key requirements that need to be met for global student travel to be permitted at CSB/SJU.  Each of these requirements are coded either red, yellow, or green.  As general guidance, the color coding follows the rules of a stoplight: 

Red = Stop 

Yellow = Caution 

Green = Go 

 

These requirements are the minimum requirements that must be met for travel to proceed. For travel to occur, at a minimum, a country cannot have any red squares.  In addition to these minimum requirements, we are also in consultation with local country partners to assess their specific COVID-19 site protocols.  Partner site protocols will also be a factor in determining if a program can run.

    Updated 11/03/2020

 

The following is an explanation of the color-coding system for each of the requirements used in this global travel and health assessment:

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Health Advisories

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has three levels for evaluating the risk of COVID-19 in each country. 

Red = Level 3: COVID-19 Risk is High

Yellow = Level 2: COVID-19 Risk is Moderate

Green = Level 1: COVID-19 Risk is Low

 

U.S. State Department (USDOS) Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State advises all U.S. citizens to understand the impact of COVID-19 before travel abroad.  The USDOS has country-specific travel advisories that evaluates many risk factors (including COVID-19). 

Red = Level 3: Reconsider Travel and Level 4: Do Not Travel

Yellow = Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Green = Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

 

U.S. Citizens Allowed Entry?

Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., numerous countries are not allowing U.S. citizens to enter the country. 

Red = Entry not allowed

Green = Entry is allowed

 

Entry Allowed with Student Visa?

Some countries have stated that students can enter if they obtain a student visa. 

Red = Entry is not allowed with student visa

Green = Entry allowed with student visa

 

Are Visas Being Issued?

While students may technically be able to enter on a student visa, foreign consulates in the U.S. must be open and in operation to issue visas.

Red = Student visas are not being issued

Yellow = Student visa issuance is on hold or consulate operation cannot be confirmed

Green = Student visas are being issued in a timely manner

 

Quarantine Requirements?

Most countries have 14-day quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens upon entry to the country. 

Red = Quarantine is not at partner site program location; Quarantine time exceeds 25% of program duration; No confirmed food and staff resources available to students

Yellow = Quarantine at partner site program location; Confirmed food service and staff support available to students during quarantine

Green = No quarantine required

 

In-country travel restrictions?

Due to COVID-19, many locations have some level of travel restriction.  These restrictions might be required by the local government or our program partner.

Red = Program location under “stay-at-home” order; Travel prohibited outside program location

Yellow = Curfews in place; Restrictions to travel outside city or within host country; Modifications to daily travel in city or within country (i.e. public transportation restrictions)

Green = No travel restrictions imposed in-country

 

U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Information