CAN I STUDY ABROAD DURING THE COVID-19 GLOBAL PANDEMIC?
With proper planning, yes! UNCG has modified and enhanced our study abroad programs and processes in response to the continually evolving situation. Programs and destinations are continually screened for their suitability to host students. The advising and orientation content now includes information on COVID-19. Guidance and recommendations for additional insurance coverage options have been incorporated to reflect the changing needs of student travelers. Students work on academic plans to accommodate unpredictable changes in programs.
HOW DOES UNCG ASSESS STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM HEALTH AND SAFETY?
UNCG evaluates conditions abroad pertaining to health and safety on an ongoing basis. We utilize resources including, but not limited to, travel advisories and reports from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), CIEE Travel Risk Index, Crisis24, and GeoBlue. UNCG students are only approved to travel on programs that have been vetted by the International Programs Center and have on-site staff, directors, and partners who demonstrate a superior level of care and communication. UNCG cannot guarantee or assure the absolute safety of participants or eliminate all risks from the study abroad environment. Nor can we monitor students’ choices and behaviors at all times, or prevent them from engaging in dangerous, unwise, or illegal activity. Nonetheless, we are committed to following best practices for health and safety in study abroad.
WILL I HAVE TO BE VACCINATED FOR COVID-19 TO STUDY ABROAD?
Yes. UNCG requires all international travelers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure. Students should visit the UNCG Student Health Services site to upload proof of vaccination.
ARE ALL STUDY ABROAD DESTINATIONS AVAILABLE TO ME?
While UNCG is sending students abroad to many countries, the full slate of programs has not yet reopened. You can discuss your needs and goals for studying abroad with a study abroad advisor and we will work together to identify the most suitable program for you.
WHAT IF I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, BUT CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD LATER?
You may change your mind and withdraw your application at any time, however every application cycle has a withdrawal deadline. If you are withdrawing from study abroad, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the withdrawal deadline to avoid being charged the application fee. If you apply to a program and elect not to participate after the withdrawal deadline, your application fee will not be refunded. Note: if you have previously paid the application fee toward a past program on which you were unable to participate, you will not be charged an additional application fee. If UNCG must suspend your program prior to your participation the application fee will be waived. UNCG will not provide refunds of any monies paid to outside institutions, organizations, or entities (e.g., application fees, tuition for direct enroll programs, housing, third-party program providers, airfare). Students should contact the outside institution, organization, or entity with questions regarding refund policies. UNCG advises students to consider purchasing Cancel for Any Reason and Trip Interruption insurance, such as CISI Cancel for Any Reason Insurance or Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk coverage to insure their airfare, housing, and other required financial commitments (standard travel insurance may not be sufficient if it no longer covers cancellations/interruptions due to COVID-19).
WHAT IF I BECOME ILL WHILE ABROAD?
If you become ill while abroad, seek medical attention and notify your host institution staff and your UNCG Study Abroad Advisor as soon as possible. Utilize resources provided by GeoBlue international health insurance. If you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms, there may be special instructions from your host institution which must be followed. Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should get tested following host university instructions as soon as possible. See the GeoBlue Students website for more information on COVID-19-related coverage. If you have a medical emergency while abroad (your life is in danger or you have a serious injury), seek medical help immediately by calling an ambulance or going to the nearest hospital. After you are safe or have received medical care, call your host institution contact and inform your UNCG Study Abroad Advisor of your status for additional support and guidance. Keep your international insurance card with you at all times.
DO I NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE OR GET A COVID-19 TEST WHEN I RETURN HOME?
The CDC provides guidance on returning from international travel. Students are also obliged to follow current UNCG policies regarding returning from international travel. This information will be communicated when the student nears program completion.