ANNOUNCEMENTS & COVID19 UPDATES

OVERVIEW

KEI is closely monitoring the health and safety conditions, travel restrictions, and in-country requirements at each of our program locations. This page provides program-specific cancellations and updates. KEI sources of information include, but not limited to, the US Department of State (DOS), US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), embassies and health ministries of the host countries, KEI partner institutions abroad, KEI’s insurance provider, KEI onsite staff, and in-country media sources. This page is updated as new information becomes available.

KEI works closely with our partner universities abroad. Therefore, policies and procedures established by those universities will apply to KEI program participants. This may include quarantine upon arrival, wearing a mask, daily temperature checks, health checks, using a university mobile app, agreeing to tracing policies, maintaining physical distance, and limited in-country travel.

KEI communicates directly with program participants via email, our WhatsApp groups, and our pre-departure virtual meetings. We endeavor to inform students of program updates as soon as they are available. We remain available for additional questions that students, parents, or partner institutions may have regarding program operations.

KEI Guarantee
KEI’s primary concern is the health and safety of our program participants. Rest assured that KEI will not operate programs in locations that are deemed unsafe. If KEI cancels a program in 2022 on any day prior to the start date or a student’s home university suspends study abroad at least 4 weeks prior to the start date, students will receive a full refund of money paid toward the enrollment deposit and program fee. We want students to feel secure in their decision to study abroad without unnecessary concern for their health and fear of losing money if a program is canceled.

Program Re-opening
While we are excited to restart programs, we are cognizant of the challenges of operating in a constantly changing environment. KEI’s goal is to provide a safe environment for our program participants and staff. In determining program re-opening, the KEI Health & Safety Committee (HSC) considers the following:

  • Can US citizens travel to the host country and return safely?
  • Can students successfully complete the program?
  • Can the program be altered to mitigate risk?

Download the KEI Guidelines for Reopening Programs for more information.

KEI Program Status
The table below indicates which programs KEI is planning to run in 2022. Note that programs may be canceled due to COVID19-related circumstances such as heightened risk and travel restrictions. Refer to the country tabs for the most updated information. Note that information is available only for programs that will be offered. Due to the fluid nature of COVID, students should check for updates frequently. Students should have a backup plan in case their program is canceled.

LOCATION WINTER & SPRING 2022 SUMMER 2022 FALL 2022 WINTER & SPRING 2022
AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast Not Offered Not Applicable Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
CHINA: Beijing Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
COSTA RICA: San Jose Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
ECUADOR: Guayaquil Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered
ENGLAND: London Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
FRANCE: Paris Offered Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
INDIA: Pune Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered
IRELAND: Dublin Offered Not Applicable Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
ITALY: Florence Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
KENYA: Nairobi Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
JAPAN: Tokyo Not Offered Not Applicable Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
PERU: Lima Not Offered Not Applicable Not Offered Planning to Offer
PERU: Cuzco Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered
RUSSIA: Moscow Not Offered Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
SCOTLAND: Edinburgh & Galashiels Offered Not Applicable Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
SPAIN: Burgos Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
THAILAND: Bangkok/Salaya Offered Not Applicable Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
TURKEY: Istanbul Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered
UAE: Ras Al-Khaimah Not Offered Not Applicable Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
Q&A

COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to people’s lives, education, and study abroad plans. KEI has been inspired by so many of our students who, despite the challenges, are eager to engage the world and broaden their horizons.

KEI has worked hard to make programs as safe as possible while maintaining the academic, cultural and social integrity of the education abroad experience. We also adopted a more flexible approach that minimizes academic disruptions and financial risk. We expect students to be flexible and adaptable as well since KEI protocols may be modified as local and international COVID policies change. Students will be informed as soon as possible of any changes that affect them and their program.

We believe deeply in international education and look forward to assisting students with their education abroad plans. Below are answers to general questions related to COVID and education abroad. Click on the country tabs for location-specific information.

PROGRAM: Why are some KEI programs not being offered?
KEI will only offer programs in locations that meet our three basic principles:

  1. Students must be able to travel to the host location and return safely.
  2. KEI’s partner university and residence have implemented policies and procedures that mitigate risk to students as well as faculty and KEI staff.
  3. KEI’s partner university is planning to offer classes in person or using a hybrid approach.
  4. The host country is managing the COVID19 pandemic in a way that allows students to successfully complete the program.

PROGRAM: What are my options if my program is canceled due to COVID?
You have 3 options if KEI cancels a program or your university cancels support for study abroad in your program location.

  1. Withdraw from the program and receive a refund according to the KEI refund policies (see next questions).
  2. Switch your enrollment to a different program (during the same term of study) that is being offered and supported by your university.
  3. Defer your enrollment to a different term of study.

PROGRAM: What if my university cancels support for studying abroad?
When a university cancels support for study abroad, it usually means that students will not be able to have their courses abroad pre-approved for credit transfer and students will not have access to their financial aid for study abroad. We recommend that students register for courses at their home institution in case of program cancellation and/or your university cancels support for study abroad. Refer to How can I mitigate financial risk? for more information.

You have several options if your university cancels support for study abroad in your program location.

  1. Withdraw from the program and receive a refund according to the KEI refund policies (refer to What are my options if my program is canceled due to COVID?).
  2. Switch your enrollment to a different program (during the same term of study) that is being offered and supported by your university.
  3. Defer your enrollment to a different term of study.
  4. Participate in the program without your university’s support. KEI does not recommend this option for most students since they will not have access to financial aid and credit pre-approval. For students who do not rely on financial aid and do not need credit pre-approval, this may still be a viable option.

ACADEMICS: Will my classes abroad be in-person or virtual?
KEI will not offer programs in locations where we know far in advance that our partner university is offering all classes virtually. Thus, all offered programs are based at universities that plan to use in-person and/or hybrid instruction. However, due to uncertainties with COVID, it is possible that a university may switch to an all-virtual mode near the start of a program or during the program. In such cases, KEI will continue to offer the program. We understand that online coursework can be unattractive, but you will still be able to explore the host country through cultural and social activities.

ACADEMICS: Will I be able to complete my courses if the program is canceled and I have to leave the country?
Yes. All KEI partner universities will allow students to complete coursework remotely.

FINANCES: Am I eligible to receive a refund if my program is canceled due to COVID?
KEI’s refund policies are described in detail on the Policies & Procedures page. For programs offered during 2022, KEI has modified its refund policy as follows: If KEI suspends a program on any day prior to the program arrival date or a student’s home university suspends study abroad at least 6 weeks prior to the arrival date, students will receive a full refund of the application fee, enrollment deposit, and program price. We want students to feel secure in their decision to study abroad without unnecessary concern for their health and fear of losing money if a program is suspended.

FINANCES: Am I eligible to receive a refund if I decide to withdraw from a program that is not canceled?
If you decide to withdraw from a program that is not canceled by KEI and your university did not cancel support for study abroad, then the regular KEI withdrawal and refund policies would apply.

FINANCES: How can I mitigate financial risk?
Due to the uncertainties with travel, KEI recommends students consider CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason) and IFAR (Interrupt For Any Reason) insurance. CFAR is a policy that protects your purchase before you depart for your KEI Abroad experience. IFAR is a policy that protects you from the day of departure until the end of your program. Note that CFAR and IFAR insurance is different and separate from medical insurance coverage which is included with KEI programs.

We also recommend that students register for courses at their home institution in case of program cancellation. In our experience, most universities are allowing study abroad students to enroll in courses during their planned semester abroad. Whenever possible, students should remain enrolled in courses at their home institution until their KEI program commences. Students should be mindful of withdrawal deadlines at their home university to avoid paying unnecessary tuition and fees. Students should also consider having backup housing arrangements at their home university.

HEALTH: What are KEI’s health and safety protocols with respect to COVID?
KEI has a COVID management plan for each of our program locations:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry (assuming quarantine is required).*
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine on arrival is required.
  • Access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location-specific standards.
  • COVID-safe transfers for KEI activities and field trips.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure. *
  • Access to COVID testing. *
  • Medical insurance that covers COVID-related illness.

*Quarantine and isolation housing and COVID testing are not included in the KEI program fee.

HEALTH: Does KEI require COVID vaccination?
KEI does not require COVID vaccination, but we STRONGLY STRONGLY encourage students to be fully vaccinated prior to traveling abroad. KEI also STRONGLY encourages eligible students to get booster shots of the COVID vaccine. Note that some KEI partner universities abroad and some host countries may require vaccination, in which case students must be vaccinated to participate in the KEI program.

HEALTH: What if I am not vaccinated for COVID?
Students who are not fully vaccinated will have to deal with many barriers when it comes to travel to and within the host region. Many countries are requiring quarantine on arrival or a considerably longer quarantine for unvaccinated travelers, which adds unnecessary inconvenience and expense. Unvaccinated students may not be able to participate in some or all of the KEI cultural activities and field trips as a result of local COVID regulations. Many businesses, stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and government agencies abroad are now requiring proof of vaccination. And, unvaccinated students may incur an additional single-occupancy housing cost if KEI cannot find a roommate/suitemate who is willing to live with an unvaccinated student.

If you are not planning to be fully vaccinated by your program departure date, call KEI to discuss possible restrictions and options for your intended program. 

HEALTH: Do I need a COVID booster?
KEI does not require a COVID booster, but we do SONTRGLY encourage eligible students to get a booster. Many countries are requiring or planning to require a COVID booster to be considered fully vaccinated. So be prepared and get the booster prior to your program.

HEALTH: Is the KEI staff vaccinated? Is the host university staff vaccinated?
KEI staff in the USA and abroad is fully vaccinated. Our partner universities abroad have their own vaccination requirements, but most of the academic and support staff have been vaccinated. Students will inevitably come into contact with people who are unvaccinated. This is one of the reasons we are strongly encouraging students to be fully vaccinated.

HEALTH: Will I live with vaccinated students?
We do not believe in segregation, including segregation based on vaccination status. However, we also understand legitimate health concerns about living with someone who is unvaccinated. Since we expect that 99% to 100% of program participants will be vaccinated, it is highly unlikely (but possible) that you will be living with an unvaccinated student. If you have strong concerns about living with an unvaccinated student, call KEI to discuss options. We will do everything within our means to facilitate a healthy study abroad experience for you.

TRAVEL: Will I have to show proof of vaccination while I am abroad?
It depends on the host country, but for most countries, the answer is YES. Many businesses, stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and government agencies abroad are requiring proof of vaccination. Make sure to bring your CDC Vaccination Card with you. We also advise you to get a QR code for your CDC Vaccination Card.

TRAVEL: When should I book my airline ticket?
Students should purchase their airline tickets when KEI confirms the arrival and departure dates for the program. Students will be notified by email when program dates are confirmed. KEI strongly advises students to purchase a flexible-class ticket that allows for changes in travel dates. As an alternative, students can also look into purchasing travel insurance from the airline, CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason) and/or IFAR (Interrupt For Any Reason) insurance.

TRAVEL: Will I need to quarantine on arrival?
This will depend on the program. KEI will inform students if the host country requires quarantine on arrival. Due to the changing COVID regulations in most countries, KEI tries to set program arrival dates that are mindful of possible quarantine requirements and changes. However, it may be necessary to modify travel dates in the event a country implements, changes, or removes quarantine requirements. Refer to When should I book my airline ticket? for more information.

TRAVEL: Will I be able to travel to other regions/countries?
Exploring other regions and countries is a big part of the study abroad experience for many students. KEI does not restrict independent travel in the host region as long as the intended destination is relatively safe, students follow travel and local regulations of the host countries, students inform the KEI Onsite Director of their plans in advance, and maintain regular contact with their KEI Onsite Director while traveling.

TRAVEL: Are there any requirements for returning to the USA?
At present, students studying abroad are required to obtain a negative COVID19 test prior to boarding a return flight to the United States. KEI will advise students on obtaining the required tests, but cannot guarantee that results will be processed in time for departure. KEI insurance does not cover the cost of this test, or additional fees resulting from a positive test and delayed departure. We are working with each onsite director and accommodations partner for contingency planning to support students that are unable to travel home on the program end date. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html 

Australia

AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast & Brisbane

Griffith University

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 3 – Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 3 – COVID19 High

USA Embassy/Consulates in Australia: Open for routine, in-person appointments.

Griffith University: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Sring 2022 Semester: CANCELLED
    • Currently, the Australian government is not issuing study visas for study abroad.
  • Fall 2022 Semester
    • KEI is planning to offer the program. We expect the Australian government will resume processing visas in time for the Fall 2022 semester.

Course Delivery: Hybrid Model for in-person and virtual instruction depending upon local government restrictions.

Academic Continuity: Virtual instruction depending upon local government policy.

Campus Protocols: Following Queensland Government policies on mask-wearing (when 2-meter physical distance cannot be maintained and indoor spaces) and physical distancing of 2 meters. Campus facilities have been organized with foot traffic instructions and physical distance protocols. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout all campus facilities.

Accommodation Protocols: Students live in private, off-campus apartments. Additional building restrictions, protocols, and cleaning schedules are being developed.

COVID Testing and Treatment: Australian government-mandated testing and tracking through a required mobile phone application, COVIDsafe. All students will be required to follow the Coronavirus Australia App for official government updates. KEI insurance will cover the cost of testing and treatment for COVID19 if a student is ill in the country. The insurance does not cover the cost of quarantine upon arrival, testing on arrival, or testing prior to departure to the home country.

Movement Restrictions In-Country: KEI encourages students to remain in their host cities and follow local government restrictions. State borders in Australia may close suddenly and students may be unable to return to their accommodation. Students must find alternative accommodation at their own expense and academic continuity will be at the discretion of Griffith University and the individual faculty member. Students are not allowed to travel outside of Australia as they will not be allowed to return.

Additional Sources

China

CHINA: Beijing

University of International Business & Economics (UIBE)

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 3 – Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 1 – Practice Usual Precautions

USA Embassy/Consulates in China: Open for routine, in-person appointments.

UIBE: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Spring 2022 Semester: Program Cancelled
  • Summer 2022: Program open at this time
  • Fall 2022 Semester: Program open at this time

Course Delivery: Hybrid Model for in-person and virtual instruction depending upon local government restrictions.

Academic Continuity: Hybrid model for in-person and virtual instruction depending upon local government restrictions.

Campus Protocols: In order to enter the UIBE campus, international students must complete the UIBE Application Form for Returning to School for International Students in China During the Epidemic Prevention and Control Period and agree to UIBE campus policy along with policies of the Beijing Government. The Chinese Government may implement strict testing, tracking, and quarantining at their discretion.

Accommodation Protocols: Students live in on-campus, international student dormitories. Additional building restrictions may be in place, such as no outside visitors and students must be prepared for the possibility of restricted movement within the city and country.

COVID Testing and Treatment: COVID-19 tests are widely available throughout China. COVID-19 tests are available at most hospitals and clinics. Test results are often returned within 12-24 hours. The cost of the COVID-19 test ranges from $18 to $90 US dollars. KEI insurance will cover the cost of testing and treatment for COVID19 if a student is ill in the country. The insurance does not cover the cost of quarantine upon arrival, testing on arrival, or testing prior to departure to the USA.

Movement Restrictions In-Country: All persons in China must use the Health Code phone app which tracks individuals and gives a red-yellow-green color code that determines how freely you can move in public. KEI encourages students to remain in their host city and follow local government restrictions. State borders in China may close suddenly and students may be unable to return to their accommodation. Students must find alternative accommodation at their own expense and academic continuity will be at the discretion of the University and the individual faculty member. Students are not allowed to travel outside of China as they will not be allowed to return.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols: Currently, education visas are not being processed for US Citizens. Visa applications are now processed online and a specific COVID test must be administered by a lab designated by the Chinese government. Updates on testing are made on the Chinese Embassy website.

It is possible that quarantine may be required when entering. Private costs associated with this quarantine are $2,000-$4,000 USD and are not included in the KEI Program fee and not covered by KEI insurance. However, the Chinese government has yet to release any policies regarding the entry of foreign students from the USA to China.

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: A mandatory PCR test must be presented to the airline before departure to the USA. If a student tests positive prior to departure, they will be placed into strict quarantine by the Chinese government and only allowed to travel once government approval is obtained. For more information, visit the CDC website.

Additional Sources

Costa Rica

COSTA RICA: San Jose

Northern Arizona University (NAU)
@ Universidad Fidelitas

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 3 – Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 3 – COVID-19 High

USA Embassy in Costa Rica: Offering limited American Citizen Services at this time.

NAU: Covid Q&A

Program Status

  • Spring 2022 Semester: Program offered
  • Summer 2022: Program will be offered
  • Fall 2022: Program will be offered
  • Spring 2023: Program will be offered

Course Delivery: In-person and virtual instruction.

Academic Continuity: Students can complete coursework and assessment remotely.

Campus Protocols

  • Physical distancing of 2 meters and masks are required outside classrooms and outdoors.
  • Classrooms are set up for 2-meter social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout campus.

Accommodation Protocols: Host families must follow recommended safety precautions at home, including social distancing and hygiene as appropriate.

COVID Testing & Treatment are required if showing symptoms.

Movement Restrictions In-Country: At present, Costa Rica does not have any travel restrictions. Masks and social distancings regulations must be observed.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols

  • Visa, depending on the length of the program
  • Health Pass
  • Proof of vaccination not required, but highly encouraged
  • COVID-19 test not required
  • For more information visit the Costa Rica Entry Requirements.

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. After arriving in the USA, you should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Additional Sources

England

ENGLAND: London

London Southbank University

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 4 – Do Not Travel

CDC Level: 4: Very High Level of COVID

USA Embassy/Consulates in England: Routine services suspended. Open by appointment for US Citizens. Emergency passport processing only.

LSBU: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Spring 2022 Semester: Offered
  • Summer 2022: Program open at this time (6-week Internship program only)
  • Fall 2022 Semester: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2023 Semester: Program open at this time

Course Delivery: LSBU plans to offer a blended approach to course delivery consisting of online and in-person instruction. Large lecture classes will be held online while smaller classes and laboratories will be held in person. All in-person classes will observe social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. Note that all classes may resume in-person meetings following UK Government guidelines.

Enhance personal tutoring will be available online and in person. Students will continue to have access to LSBU’s services online and in person, including wellbeing, dyslexia and disability support, sport and recreation, and employability services. LSBU services will observe COVID Government mandates.

Academic Continuity: Students can complete coursework and assessment remotely.

Campus Protocols: LSBU follows UK Government mandates. Starting 17 May 2021 the Government restrictions allow all students to be on campus, still following Covid secure measures. Students will have access to the library and learning resources, including course materials, online resources, and over 230,000 books. Sport and other campus facilities will be available following UK Government mandates.

Accommodation Protocols: LSBU accommodations follow UK Government mandates. Students are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival. Students who test negative for COVID on the 5th day may end quarantine early. Limited access to laundry and stores (for essential items and food) is permitted during quarantine.

KEI will provide students with a COVID starter pack, which will include masks and sanitizer.

COVID Testing and Treatment

  • NHS testing centers are located within London and have a specific procedure in order to book a test.
  • Private COVID testing is available at numerous clinics.
  • Non-citizens will be charged for the test. Prices range from 99 GBP to 189 GBP.

Movement Restrictions In-Country: England is currently in Step 4 of reopening. Step 4 removed all legal limits on social contact. All businesses, including nightclubs, will reopen, and restrictions on large events and performances will be eased. However, due to the recent increase in COVID cases, the UK may renew some of the restrictions – including:

  • Wearing face-covering in indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
  • Limits on the number of people meeting indoors and outdoors unless it is for the purposes of work or volunteering, or providing care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people.
  • Social distancing
  • Capacity limits for cinemas, theaters, and large events.
  • No seating at the bar.
  • Nightclubs may close or have restricted hours and/or capacity.

KEI encourages students to remain in their host city and follow local government restrictions.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols: Requirements depend on where the student has been for the 10 days prior to travel to the United Kingdom. The following requirements apply to students who have been in the USA for at least 10 days prior to travel to the UK. Note that students who do not meet the below requirements are required to quarantine on arrival to England.

  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test taken not more than 3 days prior to entry to the UK.
  • COVID-19 test within 2 days of arriving in London. Must remain in isolation until Negative test result is received.
  • If the test is positive, quarantine or self-isolation.

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. After arriving in the USA, you should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Additional Sources

France

FRANCE: Paris

American Business School of Paris

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 4 – Do Not Travel

CDC Level: 4: Very High Level of COVID

USA Embassy/Consulates in France: Offering limited American Citizen Services at this time.

Program Status: 

  • Spring 2022 Semester: Offered
  • Fall 2022 Semester: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2023 Semester: Program open at this time

Course Delivery: ABS plans to offer in-person instruction with some virtual delivery. However, ABS may move to hybrid or virtual delivery depending on the COVID situation.

Academic Continuity: Students can complete coursework and assessment remotely.

Campus Protocols: ABS follows French Government mandates. Government regulations allow students to be on campus assuming Covid measures are followed. Students will have access to the library and learning resources, including course materials and resources. Sport and other campus facilities will be available following government regulations.

COVID Testing and Treatment

Movement Restrictions In-Country: In Paris (and part of the Ile-de-France region), from 31 December 2021, it will be compulsory to wear a mask (except for cyclists, and people practicing a sporting activity) on the public highway and in places open to the public in Paris, excluding the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes. Wearing a mask is compulsory throughout the country for everyone aged 11 and over in enclosed spaces and on public transport, on pain of a fine. The wearing of a mask outdoors is no longer mandatory with some exceptions (gatherings of people, queues, markets, flea markets, stadiums, on metro platforms, and at bus stops).

CDC Vaccination Card may be used as proof of vaccination. KEI strongly recommends students get a QR for their CDC Vaccination Card.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols: Travel requirements for France depend on the health situation in the country of departure and the vaccination status of travelers. For students coming from the USA, the following requirements are currently in place.

  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test taken not more than 3 days prior to entry to France.
  • COVID-19 test may be administered upon arrival. If the test is positive, quarantine or self-isolation.

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. After arriving in the USA, you should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Additional Sources

Ireland

IRELAND: Dublin

Griffith College Dublin (GCD)

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 4 – Do Not Travel

CDC Level: 4 – COVID-19 Very High

USA Embassy/Consulates in Ireland: Offering limited American Citizen Services at this time.

GCD: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Spring 2022 Semester: Program offered
  • Fall 2022: Program will be offered
  • Spring 2023: Program will be offered

Course Delivery: Hybrid Model consisting of in-person and virtual instruction. All lectures and discussions will be recorded and available for viewing at any time.

Academic Continuity: Students can complete coursework and assessment remotely.

Campus Protocols

  • Physical distancing of 2 meters and masks are required outside classrooms and outdoors.
  • Classrooms are set up for 2-meter social distancing.
  • Students may remove mask when seated at their desks.
  • Students are required to wipe their desk before and after class.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout campus.
  • Everyone must walk on the left-hand side of corridors and stairs.
  • Signs promoting COVID etiquette and foot traffic instructions are posted around campus.

Accommodation Protocols

  • Residential spaces have information displays to encourage students to follow the protocol.
  • A started pack with sanitizer and masks will be provided in each student flat.
  • Students are required to separate food storage, food prep, and eating in shared flats.
  • Cleaning surfaces and materials before and after food preparation and consummation are required.
  • Masks and gloves are worn by workers in the food preparation and serving area.
  • 2-meter physical distance will be observed in lines, serving areas, and seating areas.
  • Only those approved to be at campus facilities are allowed to access campus dining areas.

COVID Testing & Treatment

Movement Restrictions In-Country: At present, Ireland does not have any travel restrictions. Masks and social distancings regulations must be observed.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols

  • Students are able to enter Ireland with their acceptance letter from Griffith College.
  • Health checks may be conducted upon arrival in Dublin.
  • Travelers from the USA who are vaccinated are not required to quarantine. NOTE: Travelers who are not vaccinated must quarantine for 14 days in a government-designated hotel near the airport. The quarantine fee of 1,875 euro is set by the government and includes hotel room and meals. Students are responsible for paying the quarantine fee.
  • For more information visit the Irish Government Advice Page.

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. After arriving in the USA, you should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Additional Sources

Italy

SPRING 2022: Program Cancelled

SUMMER & FALL 2022: Program update will be available by March

Japan

SPRING 2022: Program Cancelled

FALL 2022: Program update will be available in March

Peru

SPRING, SUMMER & FALL 2022: Programs Cancelled

SPRING 2023: Program update will be available in September

Russia

SPRING & SUMMER 2022: Programs Cancelled

FALL 2022: Program update will be available by March

Scotland

SCOTLAND: Edinburgh & Galashiels

Heriot-Watt University

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 4 – Do Not Travel

CDC Level: 4: Very High Level of COVID

USA Consulate General in Edinburgh: Routine services suspended. Open by appointment for US Citizens. Emergency passport processing only.

HWU: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Spring 2022 Semester: Offered
  • Fall 2022 Semester: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2023 Semester: Program open at this time

Course Delivery: HWU plans to offer a blended approach to course delivery consisting of online and in-person instruction. Large lecture classes will be held online while smaller classes and laboratories will be held in person. All in-person classes will observe social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. Note that all classes may resume in-person meetings following UK Government guidelines.

Enhance personal tutoring will be available online and in person. Students will continue to have access to HWU’s services online and in person, including wellbeing, dyslexia and disability support, sport and recreation, and employability services. HWU services will observe COVID Government mandates.

Academic Continuity: Students can complete coursework and assessment remotely.

Campus Protocols: HWU follows UK Government mandates. Starting 17 May 2021 the Government restrictions allow all students to be on campus, still following Covid secure measures. Students will have access to the library and learning resources, including course materials, online resources, and over 230,000 books. Sport and other campus facilities will be available following UK Government mandates.

Accommodation Protocols: HWU accommodations follow UK Government mandates. Students are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival. Students who test negative for COVID on the 5th day may end quarantine early. Limited access to laundry and stores (for essential items and food) is permitted during quarantine.

KEI will provide students with a COVID starter pack, which will include masks and sanitizer.

COVID Testing and Treatment

  • NHS testing centers are located within Edinburgh and have a specific procedure in order to book a test.
  • COVID testing is available at many locations.
  • Non-citizens will be charged for the test. Prices range from 90 GBP to 189 GBP.

Movement Restrictions In-Country: Scotland is currently in Step 4 of reopening. Step 4 removed all legal limits on social contact. All businesses, including nightclubs, will reopen, and restrictions on large events and performances will be eased. However, due to the recent increase in COVID cases, the UK may renew some of the restrictions – including:

  • Wearing face-covering in indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
  • Limits on the number of people meeting indoors and outdoors unless it is for the purposes of work or volunteering, or providing care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people.
  • Social distancing
  • Capacity limits for cinemas, theaters, and large events.
  • No seating at the bar.
  • Nightclubs may close or have restricted hours and/or capacity.

KEI encourages students to remain in their host city and follow local government restrictions.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols: Requirements depend on where the student has been for the 10 days prior to travel to the United Kingdom. The following requirements apply to students who have been in the USA for at least 10 days prior to travel to the UK. Note that students who do not meet the below requirements are required to quarantine on arrival to England.

  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test taken not more than 3 days prior to entry to the UK.
  • COVID-19 test within 2 days of arriving in Edinburgh. Must remain in isolation until a Negative test result is received.
  • If the test is positive, quarantine or self-isolation.

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. After arriving in the USA, you should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Additional Sources

Spain

SPAIN: Burgos

University of Burgos
Escuela de Espanol

Last Updated: 2 January 2022

DOS Level: 4 – Do Not Travel

CDC Level: 4: Very High Level of COVID

USA Embassy/Consulates in Spain: Open for routine, in-person appointments.

UBU: Covid updates. Use Google translate for English.

Program Status

  • Spring 2022: Program Cancelled
  • Summer 2022: Program open at this time
  • Fall 2022: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2023: Program open at this time

Course Delivery: Hybrid Model for in-person and virtual instruction if physical distance requirements cannot be met.

Academic Continuity: Students can complete coursework and assessment remotely.

Campus Protocols:

  • UBU follows the protocols set in place by the Spanish government.
  • Face masks are required.
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 meters is required.
  • Students should use the same seats in their classes.
  • Students should be on campus for classes only.
  • Do not come to campus if symptoms of COVID are evident.
  • Follow signs for movement on campus. QR codes were available for assistance.
  • Windows must remain open (weather permitting)
  • Cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will be reinforced.

Movement Restrictions In-Country: The most common restrictions in Spain include:

  • A nighttime curfew.
  • Public or private gatherings limited to six people.
  • Limited movement to and from many locations unless it is for a legitimate and essential purpose, including education and training.
  • Limited capacity in religious facilities, funeral homes, shops, restaurants, and bars.

COVID Testing and Treatment

  • PCR and/or antigen tests are available in Spain?
  • Results are available within 72 hours.
  • Results are typically provided by email, but an original signed results record will be provided upon request.
  • There is no cost for the test if prescribed by a public health doctor, or €120 fee if the tested at a private medical facility, such as those on the Covid Testing Locations list.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols

  • Student visa required.
  • Negative PCR test completed not more than 72 hours prior to entry.
  • Health Control Form (FCS) must be completed and signed electronically ahead of entry.
  • Health check on arrival

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. After arriving in the USA, you should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Additional Sources

Thailand

THAILAND: Bangkok/Salaya

Mahidol University International College

Last Updated: 2 January

DOS Level: 3: Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 3: COVID19 High

USA Embassy/Consulates in Thailand: Open for routine, in-person appointments.

MUIC: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Winter 2022: Offered
  • Spring 2022: Program open at this time
  • Fall 2022: Program open at this time
  • Winter 2023: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2023: Program open at this time

Course Delivery: Virtual instruction at the start of Winter 2022 but my return to in-person as COVID cases decrease.

Academic Continuity: Students can complete coursework and assessment remotely.

Campus Protocols:

  • MUIC follows the protocols set in place by the Thai Ministry of Education and Thai Department of Disease Control
  • Temperature checks
  • Sanitizing stations
  • Face masks
  • Frequent cleaning of high touch and public areas
  • Enhanced hygiene in campus food facilities

Movement Restrictions In-Country: Three are currently no restrictions to movement. Students must comply with government regulations such as social distancing and mask-wearing in-dorrs and in public places. Most Thai people wear masks outdoors as well.

Visa/Border Protocols & Requirements

  • Student visa (Non-Immigrant Visa Category ED)
  • Thai Passy
  • Negative COVID PCR test results not more than 72 hours prior to departure
  • Health Insurance covering COVID-19 at a minimum of $100,000
  • Confirmation of quarantine accommodation.
  • Health check upon arrival.
  • Mandatory 7-day quarantine (Winter 2022), if vaccinations (14-days if not vaccinatioed).
    • Quarantine at Thai Government approved hotel.
    • Cost of quarantine ranges from $900 to $1,500, depending on hotel.
    • KEI will assist students in selecting and coordinating their quarantine plan.
    • Students are responsible for covering the cost of mandatory quarantine.

COVID Testing and Treatment

  • Thailand’s Department of Disease Control tracks and records COVID Testing and publishes results daily.
  • If symptoms present, the university or the individual is required to notify the Department of Disease Control at 1422 and the Department will collect the individual for testing, quarantine until negative test results are received.
  • If a student tests positive, they are mandated to remain in a government-designated COVID hospital for treatment.
  • The Golden Jubilee Medical Center is located within walking distance from campus.

Visa/Border Exit Protocols: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. After arriving in the USA, you should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Additional Sources

UAE

SPRING 2022: Program Cancelled

FALL 2022: Program update will be available by March