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 Whats App 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 Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, or Spring 2022 program on any day prior to the start date or a student’s home university suspends study abroad at least 3 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.

Summer & Fall 2021 Programs
For programs that operate in Summer 2021 and Fall 2021, students 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.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html 

The table below indicates which Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 programs KEI is planning to offer. 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 SUMMER FALL
AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast Not Offered Not Offered
CHINA: Beijing Not Offered Not Offered
COSTA RICA: San Jose Not Offered Not Offered
ECUADOR: Guayaquil Not Offered Not Offered
ENGLAND: London Not Offered Planning to Offer
FRANCE: Paris Not Offered Not Offered
INDIA: Pune Not Offered Not Offered
IRELAND: Dublin Not Offered Planning to Offer
ITALY: Florence Not Offered Not Offered
KENYA: Nairobi Not Offered Not Offered
JAPAN: Akita Not Offered Not Offered
PERU: Lima Not Offered Not Offered
PERU: Cuzco Not Offered Not Offered
RUSSIA: Moscow Not Offered Not Offered
SCOTLAND: Edinburgh Not Offered Not Offered
SPAIN: Burgos Not Offered Not Offered
THAILAND: Bangkok/Salaya Not Offered Planning to Offer
TURKEY: Istanbul Not Offered Not Offered
UAE: Ras Al-Khaimah Not Offered Not Offered
Australia

AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast & Brisbane

Griffith University

Last Updated: 21 June 2021

DOS Level: 3 – Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 1 – Practice Usual Precautions

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

Griffith University: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Fall 2021 Semester: CANCELLED
    • The Australian Border remains closed to non-Australian citizens.
    • KEI does not anticipate short-term student visa processing to open prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
    • Students are encouraged to defer to the Spring 2022 program by contacting their KEI Program Manager.
  • Spring 2022 Semester
    • Program will be offered.

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: 21 June 2021

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

  • Summer 2021: Program Cancelled
  • Fall 2021: Program Cancelled
    • China is not processing visas for American students at this time.
    • Campus is open but international students are currently taking courses on online.
  • Spring 2022 Semester: Program open at this time

Application Protocol

  • Applications open for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023.
  • KEI will cancel the Fall 2021 program if the Chinese government does not open the student visa application processing prior to July 15, 2021.
  • KEI encourages students to consider the Spring 2022 program.

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 a 14-day 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

SUMMER 2021: Program Cancelled

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

Ecuador

SUMMER 2021: Program Cancelled

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

England

ENGLAND: London

London Southbank University

Last Updated: 26 June 2021

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

  • Summer 2021: Program canceled
  • Fall 2021: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2022 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 al 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 3 of reopening. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 at the end of July. Step 3 means some travel restrictions and rules have been eased, but many are still in place:

  • You must wear a face-covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
  • Meetings outdoors must not exceed 30 people unless it is for the purposes of work or volunteering, or providing care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people.
  • Meetings indoors should not exceed 6 people.
  • Social distancing guidelines must be observed.
  • Cinemas and theaters can operate at 50% capacity.
  • Larger-scale events (sporting, entertainment, etc.) are permitted with reduced capacity.
  • Table service at restaurants and bars is permitted (no seating at the bar).
  • Nightclubs remain closed.

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

England is planning to move to the final Step 4 of reopening in late July. Step 4 will remove all legal limits on social contact. All businesses, including nightclubs, will reopen, and restrictions on large events and performances will be eased.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols
Requirements depend on where the student has been for the 10 days prior to travel to the United Kingdom. For more information, visit . The following requirements apply to students who have been in the USA for at least 10 days prior to travel to the UK.

  • 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.
  • 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

SUMMER 2021: Program Cancelled

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

India

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

Ireland

IRELAND: Dublin

Griffith College Dublin (GCD)

Last Updated: 22 June 2021

DOS Level: 3 – Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 3 – COVID-19 level High

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

GCD: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Fall 2021: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2022 Semester: Program open at this time

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 and Treatment

Movement Restrictions In-Country
The Irish government is asking people to restrict their movement to need-based situations. KEI encourages students to remain in their host city and follow local government restrictions.

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

SUMMER 2021: Program Cancelled

FALL 2021: KEI is in the process of updating country-specific information. Check back after April 25.

Japan

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

Peru

SUMMER 2021: Program Cancelled

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

Russia

SUMMER 2021: Program Cancelled

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

Scotland

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled

Spain

SPAIN: Burgos

University of Burgos
Escuela de Espanol

Last Updated: 21 June 2021

DOS Level: 3 – Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 3 – High Level of COVID-19

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

UBU: Covid updates. Use Google translate for English.

Program Status

  • Fall 2021: Program open at this time
  • Winter 2022: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2022: 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: 21 June 2021

DOS Level: 3 – Reconsider Travel

CDC Level: 3 – High Level of COVID-19 in Thailand

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

MUIC: Covid updates

Program Status

  • Fall 2021: Program open at this time
  • Winter 2022: Program open at this time
  • Spring 2022: 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:

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

Visa/Border Protocols & Requirements:

  • Student visa (Non-Immigrant Visa Category ED)
  • Certificate of Entry
  • Certificate of COVID free testing issued not more than 72 hours prior to departure
  • Health Insurance covering COVID-19 at a minimum of $100,000
  • Letter of Approval on quarantine accommodation.
  • Health check upon arrival.
  • Mandatory 14-day quarantine, regardless of nationality and vaccination status.
    • Quarantine at Thai Government approved hotel.
    • Cost of quarantine ranges from $750 to $3,000, 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.

Travel Protocols:

  • Only certain flights are approved by the Thai Government to land in Thailand.
  • Airline tickets must be booked directly with an authorized agent.
  • Agents can be found on the Thai Embassy Website. The schedule for flights is updated frequently.
  • Most airlines require face masks to be worn during flight.

Program Dates (Fall 2021)
These dates may change slightly depending on the availability of flights and updates on Thai travel requirements.

  • 24 August 2021: Arrival in Thailand, transfer to Quarantine Facility
  • 24 August – 7 September 2021: Quarantine (14 days)
  • 7 September 2021: Transfer to KEI accommodations
  • 8-9 September 2021: MUIC orientation
  • 13 September 2021: Instruction begins
  • 4 December 2021: Last day of class
  • 7-14 December 2021: Final exam period
  • 15 December 2021: Departure Thailand

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

FALL 2021: Program Cancelled