COVID-19 Guidance for Students Planning to Study Abroad

COVID-19 Guidance for Students Planning to Study Abroad in Summer 2021 and Beyond

All spring 2021 study abroad programs have been canceled due to safety concerns related to COVID-19. Students interested in studying abroad in the summer 2021 semester or after should contact the Center for International Education Abroad for assistance in making these arrangements.

Summer 2021 FAQs

What is the status of summer 2021 programs?

Although Truman State University does not currently allow faculty, staff or students to travel internationally at this time, no decision has been made yet regarding summer 2021 programs and we are cautiously optimistic that students will be allowed to study abroad this summer.

Can I apply to a summer 2021 program?

For students interested in a direct summer program, applications are currently open. Students can apply through TruView under the student tab.

When will a decision be made regarding summer programs?

A decision regarding direct summer programs will be made in March/April.

What happens if my program is cancelled?

Students who have applied or shown interest will be notified if programs are cancelled by email and the decision will be posted on the study abroad website. Any recoverable fees will be refunded to the student.

Will there be any significant changes to my study abroad program?

There may be changes in program dates and costs due to necessary health and safety reasons. Students will also be required to follow any necessary precautions required by the host country or institution.

What are the study abroad office’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols?

The study abroad office requires all students to enroll in a comprehensive international health insurance with CISI and to register with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We also continue to closely monitor the CDC and Department of State travel advisories as well as guidance from our international partners and public health officials in host countries. Students have the support of professional staff who will ensure that students receive the necessary information, assistance, and guidance.

What about faculty-led study abroad programs?

The study abroad office is preparing a select group of faculty-led programs that would run beginning in Mid-May. A decision about whether to open the application process will be made at the beginning of the spring 2021 semester.

Until applications open, students are encouraged to complete a faculty-led program Interest Form for the specific program of their choice, which can be found on that specific program’s webpage. Students who complete their faculty-led program’s interest form will be notified with updates for their program as they become available.

For those of you planning fall semester study abroad in 2021, we advise you to take the following precautionary steps outlined below:

Academics: Register for courses at Truman for fall 2021 in the event that travel restrictions do not allow you to study abroad.

Housing: If needed, we encourage you to work with Residential Life to secure a flexible housing lease should your travel plans need to be postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. To learn more about your housing options for fall 2021, please email reslife@truman.edu or call 660-785-4227.

Finances: Become familiar with your program’s cancellation policies and decision dates. If possible, do not commit to any non-recoverable financial requirements until the status of your fall, spring or academic year program becomes more certain.

Host Institution: Know when the host institution would make a final decision whether programs will run. Will they still accept American students given the status of COVID-19 in the United States?

Program Dates: In addition to your regular study abroad program dates, you should budget for at least an extra 14 days for an anticipated quarantine upon arrival to your host institution.

Student visas: Check with the consulate general or embassy of the country where you plan to travel to determine whether they are processing requests for student visas to enter that country.

International Travel: Check whether your destination country has restricted travel from the United States. Per the Truman Travel Advisory Policy, Truman State University has the ability to restrict travel to a country under a U.S Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 and does not permit travel to a country under a U.S Department of State Travel Advisory Level 4 or CDC Travel Notice Level 3. To obtain latest travel information on your country of destination, please visit the webpage of the U.S. embassy/consulate for your country of destination or check the travel advisory levels at travel.state.gov and at cdc.gov.

Flights: Wait to buy plane tickets until there is more certainty about fall 2021 travel guidance. If you decide to buy a ticket now, purchase flights that offer refunds or maximum flexibility should you need to cancel or change tickets.

Health Insurance: When traveling internationally, be sure to bring your health insurance card with you. You are required to enroll in an international health insurance, either CISI insurance or insurance provided by ISEP, KEI, and CIEE, when studying abroad.

Travel Insurance: Purchase a travel insurance policy that allows you to cancel for any reason.