COVID-19 FAQ

Center for Global Education (CGE) continues to monitor 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. On March 18th, CSB and SJU Presidents have approved a select portfolio of Fall 2021 programs to move forward at this time.  It is our policy that the CSB and SJU Presidents must approve CSB/SJU study abroad programs located in countries with a Level 3 Advisory as designated by the U.S. State Department.  Our CSB/SJU Fall 2021 study abroad programs are located in countries currently under a State Department Level 3 Advisory and a level 4 with the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Select program locations (see below) have been approved to move forward based upon on-site COVID-19 protocols, available medical infrastructure, housing arrangements, academic support including ability to provide modified, hybrid, or online academics in the event of student quarantine and isolation, and the ability to obtain student visas.

 

As we move toward a gradual return to study abroad this Fall, is important to note that elevated risks remain associated with travel and COVID-19.  Currently the U.S. State Department (USDOS) classifies your program country at USDOS Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to COVID-19, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control classifies your country as CDC Level 4: Risk of COVID-19 is Very High.  These advisories may still be in place for your program in the Fall.  Additionally, your program may have curfew or stay-at-home orders in place due to COVID-19. 

 

Given this change, we have amended our global travel and health assessment to make you informed of what study abroad can look like this fall. In the assessment, you will find updates related to travel and immigration regulations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department travel advisory levels. This information is updated regularly to the best of our knowledge based on a variety of sources linked on this site and from our partners abroad. While risk can never be eliminated, we recognize that COVID-19 will be present as we prepare for global travel. 

 

2021-2022 Program Updates

Due to specific COVID-19 related circumstances CSB/SJU have already canceled all of our Spring-embedded 2021 (2/18/2021) and Summer 2021 (3/1/2021) programs. In addition, CSB/SJU also cancelled our Ireland - Galway (cancelled on 1/28/2021), and Austria (cancelled on 1/28/2021) Fall 2021 programs.

 

On 3/18/2021, due to changing quarantine and visa restrictions within Europe, the Greco-Roman and Roman-Greco programs will become a separate Greece, Athens semester program and a separate Italy, Rome semester program.

 

Currently the following Fall 2021 semester programs have been approved to move forward:

  • France, Cannes
  • Greece, Athens
  • Italy, Rome
  • United Kingdom, London

Fall 2021 semester programs still under review: 

  • Japan 
  • Chile, Viña del Mar

 

Please note that CSB/SJU will continue to assess all programs and will make further changes as we prepare for fall semester (including canceling a program) should there be concerns about medical infrastructure, government issued quarantines, academic support, and the ability to obtain student visas.  We know that some of these programmatic changes will be disappointing to students, but these are necessary changes if we are to adapt to the impact of COVID-19.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

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

CSB/SJU has an updated Fall 2021 Cancellation policy that allows for some more flexibility.

These changes are found on our semester cancellation policies website.

Spring 2022 semester programs & short-term programs standard cancellation policies apply (short term cancellation policiessemester cancellation policies). 

If a program is cancelled by CGE prior to the program start date, you will receive a full refund or your application fee and will not be charged any additional cancellation fees. 

Health & Safety

  • As an additional layer of support, all Fall 2021 semester study abroad programs will have an onsite CSB/SJU faculty director.
  • We anticipate students and faculty will all have to quarantine upon arrival.  We are in the process of arranging on-site quarantine with our international program partners.
  • Each program site will have access to COVID-19 testing and medical infrastructure.
  • In the event a student tests positive for COVID, quarantine/isolation housing space will be available at the program site.
  • CSB/SJU-provided international health insurance will cover COVID-related illness.  Additionally, there will also be increased access for tele-health options.

Academics

  • All classroom spaces at international program sites will be COVID-compliant according to local heath authority requirements.
  • In the event there is a surge in COVID (or a student needs to quarantine/isolate due to COVID) hybrid and or remote learning options will be available at each program site.

Finances

  • If a program is cancelled by CGE prior to the program start date, students will receive a full refund of their application fee and will not be charged any additional cancellation fees.  (All other semester cancellation policies will continue to apply).
  • Any violation of the Community Expectations could result in disciplinary action being taken, including dismissal from the program.