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 2023
AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast Not Offered Not Applicable Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
CHINA: Beijing Not Offered Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
COSTA RICA: San Jose Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
ENGLAND: London Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
FRANCE: Paris Offered Not Offered Planning to Offer Planning to Offer
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
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 Cancelled
  • 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: 6 April 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

  • 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 & Accommodation Protocols: LSBU follows UK Government mandates.

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.

Restrictions In-Country: England has moved to a policy of “Living with Covid.”

  • If you test positive for Covid you are no longer legally required to self-isolate, but you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days.
  • Masks are no longer legally required in most public spaces – although they are still required in healthcare settings, such as GP surgeries, hospitals, and care homes.
  • Free PCRs and lateral flow tests (LFTs) are no longer available, with some exceptions.
  • The NHS Covid pass is no longer recognized as a “vaccine passport” within the UK.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols: The United Kingdom removed all COVID-related entry requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. However, entry requirements may change based on the COVID situation.

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 1 day 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, students 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: As of Monday, March 14, 2022, France suspended the use of the vaccine pass and most indoor mask requirements. Proof of full vaccination will no longer be required for entry to museums, restaurants, bars, and other social spaces. The health pass (obtained following proof of full vaccination, a negative test, or proof of recovery) is still required for public transportation (trains, buses, subway, air, etc.) and for entry into hospitals and other care facilities.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols: Students traveling from the U.S. to France who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test upon departure. Proof of complete vaccination is now sufficient to enter France. To be considered as “fully vaccinated” for entry into France, the French authorities require, as of February 1, 2022, that travelers aged 18 and over receive a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the last mandatory dose. Booster rules related to entry into France may differ from the rules for the vaccination pass, which remains necessary to access public transportation (air, rail, buses…). Fully vaccinated students may travel to France for long programs (over 90 days in duration) and short programs (under 90 days in duration).

Students traveling from the U.S. to France who are not fully vaccinated must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen screening taken less than 48 hours prior to departure. In addition, students must still present a compelling reason for travel to France. Travel to France for short academic programs of under 90 days in duration is not considered a compelling reason for travel to France and thus unvaccinated students may not, at this time, travel to France for short academic programs under 90 days in duration. Unvaccinated students may only travel to France for academic programs of over 90 days in duration with a student visa. A full description of the conditions of travel into France from around the world may be found on the French government website.

All students traveling to France for programs of over 90 days must apply for a student visa. Campus France USA is currently accepting and reviewing Etudes en France pre-consular applications for all students with programs over 90 days.

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: 6 April 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

  • 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 & Accomodation Protocols: On 22 February, the Government ended almost all Covid health restrictions. Protective measures that remain on campus include teh following:

  • Staff and students are encouraged to wear masks while indoors, however, no legal basis exists for the same.
  • Griffith will maintain reduced capacity in classrooms, where possible.
  • Sanitizers throughout buildings as well as CO2 monitors will be maintained.
  • Antigen tests are available free of charge for students. These can be obtained from the Student Union or at the main reception as well as a number of other points on the campus.
  • For people who have confirmed Covid infection through a positive antigen or PCR test, the rules stay the same, they must isolate and stay at home for 10 days.
  • However, if you are in close contact, unless you have symptoms, there will no longer be requirements to isolate or restrict your movements.
  • Students and staff who show any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home.

COVID Testing & Treatment

Restrictions In-Country: At present, Ireland does not have any movement restrictions. Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.

Visa/Border Entry Protocols: Starting 6 March 2022, travelers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test result upon arrival. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travelers to Ireland.

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 1 day 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, students 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 & FALL 2022: Program update will be available in May

Japan

FALL 2022: Program update will be available in May

Kenya

SUMMER & FALL 2022: Program update will be available in April

Peru

SUMMER & FALL 2022: Program update will be available in April

Russia

SPRING, SUMMER & FALL 2022: Programs Cancelled

Scotland

SCOTLAND: Edinburgh & Galashiels

Heriot-Watt University

Last Updated: 6 April 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

  • 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. 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 & Accommodation Protocols: HWU accommodations follow UK Government mandates.

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.

Restrictions In-Country: Scotland has lifted most legal restrictions, but face coverings will still be required on public transport and in some indoor settings including shops until 18 April. The legal requirements will be converted to guidance after 18 April.  Starting 1 May:

  • People with symptoms will no longer need to test.
  • Instead, people will be advised to stay at home until they feel better.
  • Physical test sites will close and contact tracing will end.

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 1 day 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, students 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

FALL 2022: Program update will be available in May