Guidance for Study Abroad Reopen – Summer and Fall 2022

COVID-19 Guidance for Students Planning to Study Abroad in Summer 2022 and Beyond

The Center for International Education Abroad is now accepting applications to enroll in a select group of ISEP summer and semester programs for the May Interim, Summer, and Fall 2022 terms. Locations and programs have been selected based on an assessment of their risk by CIEA.

Select ISEP programs will be available for application in the following countries:

  • Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain (May Interim and Summer 2022)
  • Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (Fall 2022)

A complete list of programs is now available through the ISEP website. Click “Start a Search” and enter Truman State University as your home university to explore programs by location, major, and more.

CIEA is also currently exploring the feasibility of offering a limited slate of faculty-led programs for May Interim and Summer 2022. Applications for faculty-led programs will be announced once they have been approved. The following programs are under consideration:

  • Summer Spanish Language & Culture Immersion in Salamanca
  • Communication Disorders Experience in Mexico
  • Cultural Exploration of San Francisco
  • Perspectives in Music: The Music of Kansas City

Summer and Fall 2022 FAQs

When will applications be due?
Application deadlines vary by program. The general application for ISEP exchange programs for fall will be due March 1, 2022. Deadlines for other ISEP programs are posted on the program’s page on the ISEP website and range from March to June. Deadlines for faculty-led programs will be announced when programs are approved.

What if the program or country I am interested in for summer or fall 2022 is not among the limited offerings being opened?
CIEA has selected the limited offerings available based on an assessment of risk factors of each location and program as well as the resources available to participants. Studying abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic still involves many complicated and evolving factors and CIEA has chosen the options for this limited reopening in an effort to strengthen student’s chances for a successful program experience. We encourage students to be flexible in their study abroad plans and to consider available options. Students may also wait to apply to study abroad in a later term to see if additional options become available.

If I apply to a program, could it still be canceled?
Yes. Unfortunately, there are factors beyond the control of CIEA that could lead to a program cancellation. Programs may still be canceled by the host university or ISEP. Truman State has granted a general waiver to our State Department Travel Warning policy that allows programs to run in countries that are listed as level 3 or 4 if the reason for the warning is due only to Covid-19 levels in the country. However, if a country on the approval list has its Travel Warning elevated due to other non-Covid-19-related factors, Truman may have to consider canceling programs to that location. Students who have applied or shown interest will be notified by email if programs are canceled 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 study abroad programs due to Covid-19?
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 and should carefully read the guidance provided by their host country’s embassy regarding entry requirements.

What are the study abroad office’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols?
ISEP requires all of its students to enroll in a comprehensive international health insurance and CIEA requires all faculty-led program participants to enroll in a comprehensive international health insurance with CISI. All students are also required to register with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). CIEA also continues 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.

Even with programs opened for summer and fall 2022, we continue to recommend the following precautionary steps in planning:

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 2022, 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 with a Level 3 U.S Department of State Travel Advisory 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. For summer and fall of 2022, CIEA is waiving this restriction for countries whose Level 3 or Level 4 travel warnings are due exclusively to the presence of Covid-19. 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 your term’s travel guidance. If you decide to buy a ticket early, 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. All ISEP students will be required to enroll in ISEP’s insurance. Students traveling on a faculty-led study abroad program will be required to purchase CISI insurance.

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

The health and safety of Truman students remain our top priority and decisions regarding study abroad are made with that in mind. While our decision to reopen study abroad applications for summer and fall 2022 reflect our belief that students will once again be able to successfully complete study abroad programs in the coming terms, we also know that the success of these programs hinges on many factors outside of our control.

While we are optimistic that study abroad and international travel is once again possible, we are also realistic about the continued challenges of traveling abroad during a global pandemic. In addition to the questions and considerations above, the following must also remain true for study abroad to be possible at Truman: