COVID-19 & Study Abroad

As CSB/SJU moves 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 all our Fall programs at USDOS Level 4: Do not travel, 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. 

While can never eliminate risk when traveling, we recognize that COVID-19 continues to present unique challenges for global travel.

Given all this, upon acceptance to study abroad all students complete a Study Abroad COVID-19 Acknowledgement Form and need to agree to Study Abroad Community Standards.  We encourage you and your families to review that information as you prepare for your semester abroad.

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

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

May 6, 2021 - Update to Fall 2021 Semester students and Parents

Department of State Travel Advisory

The United States Department of State (DOS) recently changed its country travel advisory methodology to align with the Travel Health Notices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This change, with the current situation with the pandemic, means that nearly 80% of the countries in the world (including our Fall 2021 program sites) will be given the highest U.S. DOS advisory level, “Level 4: Do Not Travel.”

The CSB/SJU International Travel Risk Assessment Committee met to review the latest DOS advisory and the impact on our Fall 2021 program sites in the United Kingdom, France, Greece, and Italy.  We believe the increase in the DOS level represents a change in designation to better align with the CDC’s existing COVID-19 Travel Health Notices, but that it does not represent a fundamental elevation of current risk in the United Kingdom, France, Greece, and Italy. Consequently, the CSB and SJU Presidents have made the decision to continue with our Fall 2021 programs in the United Kingdom, France, Greece, and Italy.

Prior to the most recent DOS Level 4 advisory, CSB/SJU made the decision to move forward with these programs under their existing CDC Travel Health Notice “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High.”  We chose to move forward with these programs due to these program factors: on-site COVID-19 protocols, ability to obtain student visas, availability of international flights, ability to manage entry quarantines, available medical infrastructure, housing capacity (availability of isolation and quarantine space), and academic support (ability for in-person, hybrid, or online learning modalities).  These factors all remain in place at these program sites and these factors are not impacted by the latest DOS advisory level.  We also remind students that their commitment to the Fall 2021 Study Abroad Community Standards plays an important part in protecting their study abroad community and the local host community.

The. 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 for the above program factors.   As mentioned during the program orientation, should any of these factors change or diminish, CSB/SJU may still cancel a program.  Moreover, CSB/SJU will not operate in countries that the DOS designates as “Level 4” due to the following risk factors: crime, terrorism, civil unrest, natural disaster, kidnapping or hostage taking.

Required Action Items

The following action items must be completed by each Fall 2021 study abroad student:

  1. Updated Study Abroad Agreement and Waiver: Due to the recent DOS advisory changes, each student must review and electronically sign an updated Study Abroad Agreement and Waiver to acknowledge changes in the DOS advisory levels. Students can now find this updated form in their CSB/SJU-Global Portal. This must be completed by May 14, 2021.
  2. COVID-19 Vaccine Verification: Each student must upload a picture or scan of their CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to their CSB/SJU-Global Portal. This documentation must be uploaded by July 1, 2021.

We know that you may have questions about these latest updates.  As always, please feel free to contact CGE ([email protected]) if you have any questions or concerns about this information.

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