COVID-19 Guidance for Students Planning to Study Abroad

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

In light of continued uncertainties and travel restrictions related to the ongoing pandemic, we will not be proceeding to process study abroad applications for the Spring 2022 term. The Center for International Education will make a decision near the end of the Fall 2021 term about whether to open applications for summer and/or fall 2022 programs. Students interested in studying abroad in the summer 2022 semester or after should contact the Center for International Education Abroad for assistance in making these arrangements.

We will also not be proceeding to plan faculty-led study abroad programs for May Interim or Summer 2022.

Summer and Fall 2022 FAQs

What is the status of summer and fall 2022 programs?

Truman State University does not currently allow faculty, staff or students to travel internationally at this time and the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control continue to have high level travel warnings for most of the world. Because of this, applications will not be open for Spring 2022 semester, A decision regarding whether to open applications for summer and fall 2022 terms will be made towards the end of the Fall 2021 semester.

Can I apply to a program for a future term?

Applications will not be open to apply for travel during the spring 2022 term. Applications for summer and/or fall of 2022 may be opened starting in January 2022. Near the end of the Fall 2021 term, the Center for International Education Abroad will determine whether to open applications for summer or fall 2022. If applications are opened for these terms, students should expect to be able to apply beginning in January for summer 2022 and/or fall 2022 programs.

When will a decision be made regarding summer and fall 2022 programs?

A decision regarding summer and fall program application will be made in December 2021.

What happens if I plan to study abroad but then 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 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.

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.

If programs applications are opened for summer and/or fall 2022, we will 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 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 your term’s 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.

The health and safety of Truman students remain our top priority and decisions regarding study abroad are made with that in mind. While we are optimistic that study abroad and international travel will begin again, we are also realistic with the chances of that happening in the near future. In addition to the questions and considerations above, the following must also happen for study abroad to resume at Truman:

  • Visa is obtainable
  • Approval by the Truman executive administration