COVID-19 Guidance for Students Planning to Study Abroad

COVID-19 Guidance for Students Planning to Study Abroad in Spring 2021

All fall 2020 study abroad programs have been canceled due to safety concerns related to COVID-19. Students interested in studying abroad in the spring 2021 semester or after should contact the Center for International Education Abroad for assistance in making these arrangements.

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

Academics: Register for courses at Truman for spring 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 spring 2021, please email 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 and at

Flights: Wait to buy plane tickets until there is more certainty about Spring 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.