Covid-19 Information

We recognize that COVID-19 continues to pose new and different challenges.  All CSB+SJU study abroad programs will follow local public health recommendations. This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, internship and community engaged learning placements, transportation policies, and inter-continental or in-country travel restrictions. 

CSB+SJU students need to be fully prepared to remain aware of the changing situation in their host environment, and take responsibility to ensure that they are acting in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of their programs at this time and in the future, as a result of Covid-19. You can learn more about COVID-19 specific country information by visiting your country’s U.S. Embassy COVID-19 information website on the right side of this page. 

For all programs in 2022-2023, CSB+SJU requires all participants to be fully vaccinated including boosters if eligible in order to participate in a study abroad program. This is for the protection of participants, staff members, and local communities. This will also allow for full participation in all activities. Proof of vaccination is required for entry to many countries and for activities within our programs at this time. Upon your acceptance to study abroad you completed a Study Abroad COVID-19  & Testing Acknowledgement Form for Spring semester 2023 students or completed Study Abroad COVID-19 Acknowledgement Form for Short-term 2022-2023 and Semester 23-24 programs. We encourage you and your families to review that information as you prepare for your time abroad.    

Q: What information sources does CGE use to inform program decisions?

Student safety and well-being are the primary concerns of the Center for Global Education (CGE) and our international education partners. CGE continually monitors updates from the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Zurich Insurance/Crisis24 intelligence reports, host country governmental health ministries, and our international education partners.  CGE complies with the best practices in the field of education abroad including those endorsed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad.

Q: What is the Study Abroad COVID-19 Acknowledgement Form?

While CSB+SJU strive to make your study abroad programs as safe as possible, all risks cannot be eliminated or anticipated on your program.  So that you can make an informed decision about your participation in your program, we ask you to acknowledge your understanding of the enhanced COVID-19 risks associated with study abroad as stated on the form

Spring 2023 Semester: COVID-19 & Testing Acknowledgement Form.  

Short-term 2022-2023 and Semester 2023-2024: COVID-19 Acknowledgement Form.  

Q: Why is CSB/SJU requiring the COVID-19 vaccine on study abroad?

A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to be infected without showing symptoms and thus potentially less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others.  In addition, many study abroad programs now require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into the country and the vaccination may enable students to reduce or avoid a period of quarantine. Moreover, in many countries proof of vaccination is required to enter many venues including classrooms, student housing, museums, theaters, and restaurants.

Q: Will COVID-19 vaccine exemptions be allowed on study abroad?

CSB+SJU have determined that there will be no COVID-19 exemptions allowed for participants on global education programs through Summer 2023 programs.  The COVID-19 vaccine requirement is based on the following factors:

  • A growing body of evidence suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to prevent hospitalization due to COVID-19 and minimize the spread of the virus among students and our host communities. This aligns with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which includes this statement: “Do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated.”
  • Most countries now require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into the country.  COVID-19 vaccination enables participants to reduce or avoid a period of quarantine and allows them to participate fully in the global education programming.
  • In many countries proof of vaccination is required to enter many venues including classrooms, student housing, museums, theaters, and restaurants.  Unvaccinated participants will be unable to participate fully in the global education programming.
  • Global education programming is an optional choice and not a CSB+SJU graduation requirement.

Q: How are on-site academics impacted by COVID-19?

 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.

Q: How are study abroad program finances impacted by COVID-19?

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).