Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

At Global Education Oregon and the Division of Global Engagement, we believe that international engagement is integral to developing global citizens. Our commitment to providing a safe and healthy study abroad experience before, during, and after the coronavirus pandemic is centered around your individual needs and the importance, now more than ever, of global education. We are confident that we can provide a safe, educational, and impactful study abroad experience that will shape our world for generations to come.

Applications are open for summer and fall 2021! View all programs.

 

What is the current status of study abroad?

As of April 15, more than 30 programs in 12 countries are approved for travel by the UO for summer term 2021. These programs will proceed as planned unless any unforeseen circumstances or travel restrictions require program cancelation. Students must follow all safety protocols, including the requirement of a COVID-19 vaccine. Programs not currently on the list below are still under review, but the best way to stay up-to-date is to start an application.

Approved programs include:

How does COVID-19 impact summer programs?

As always, your safety and the safety of those around you are our top priority. At this time, more than 30 programs are approved for summer travel by the UO and will proceed as planned unless any unforeseen circumstances or travel restrictions require program cancelation. We will continue to monitor each of these programs in the event that travel again becomes restricted, although unlikely. Our monitoring guidelines are based on, but not limited to, CDC and WHO guidance, infection trends, and availability of local health care facilities.

 

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to study abroad?

Yes, vaccinations are now required for participation in all study abroad programs going forward. Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of departure.

“Fully vaccinated” is defined as receiving the second/final dose of the vaccine two weeks prior to the first day of departure. UO students can learn more about vaccine distribution on the UO Coronavirus website or through a local county clinic, doctor or pharmacy. 

Vaccination status will be confirmed through official UO student records. More information will be available in the coming weeks about the process for confirming your vaccination status through UO. Exemptions will also be accepted based on UO policy.

 

Are there application fees for study abroad?

To ease decision-making when applying for future study abroad programs, there is no $50 application fee for any summer or fall 2021 programs.

 

What health care options are available to me during my future study abroad program? What if I have emergency medical needs while abroad?

International health insurance is included in the study abroad fee. That insurance can help cover costs related to illness, including prescriptions, hospital stays, and, in serious cases, travel back to the student’s home country if medically advised. This insurance is considered secondary insurance, and GEO strongly recommends that students keep their primary health insurance in the U.S. while they study abroad. You also have 24/7 access by phone to GEO staff in the case of an emergency.

 

Do I need to self-isolate/quarantine before and/or after a future study abroad program?

Students are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine to study abroad, so self-isolation/quarantine prior to departure is not required. However, some countries still require self-isolation/quarantine upon arrival, even with the vaccine—your study abroad advisor can provide the requirements for your specific program location.

Please note: Some programs include the quarantine period within the program dates (e.g., the first portion of your program will be held remotely), but other programs may require you to arrive before the program start date, quarantine for a period of time, and then begin your program in-person. Speak with your advisor to plan accordingly. Additionally, vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine upon returning to the United States. Check the CDC for the latest guidance on what you should do when returning from international travel.
 

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before and/or after a future study abroad program?

This depends on the host country. Some countries require that COVID-19 testing be done right before traveling or upon arrival. COVID-19 testing may also still apply to vaccinated travelers—speak to an advisor to learn more.

 

Do I need to wear a mask/face covering during a study abroad program?

Policies vary on a country-by-country basis. Masks or face coverings are required to be worn on public transportation and indoor public spaces at the very minimum in most countries. You will receive more information about face coverings and other local guidance during your program orientation.

 

Do I need to budget extra money for testing, housing, supplies for COVID-19?

GEO will pay for any testing that is required during your program dates. Students must pay for travel-related testing (e.g., before departure or upon arrival and prior to returning to the United States). 

If required, costs for housing and other expenses during any self-isolation/quarantine period, prior to the program start date, are also the responsibility of the student. If self-isolation/quarantine is required during your program dates, the cost of housing is included in the program costs paid by GEO.

Please note: If required to stay in a quarantine hotel that is provided by the state or government upon arrival, this may incur additional costs—speak to an advisor to learn more about specific location requirements.

 

Will I receive a refund if my program is canceled?

GEO will refund all program and application fees in full if we cancel your study abroad program or GlobalWorks Internship for any reason at any time. This includes any program cancelations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also receive a full refund of fees paid to GEO if you withdraw your application before the final program application deadline. Once the program deadline has passed and GEO has notified you that the program will run, the cancelation policies for each specific program will apply. You can find all cancelation policies included in the program budget document on each program webpage.
 
Please note: Please wait to purchase airline tickets or incur other personal travel-related costs (e.g., entry/student visa) until you have been told in writing by GEO to do so. Personal travel expenses are typically not reimbursable unless authorized by GEO in advance.

GEO recommends that students purchase optional Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance and plane tickets that can be refunded or deferred for future travel or both.

 

Can I transfer any Global Education Oregon study abroad scholarship to another program or term?

Yes. You may transfer any Global Education Oregon scholarship to any future program or term. Email Global Education Oregon (geoinfo@uoregon.edu) with additional questions or concerns. For more scholarship information, visit this webpage.

 

What if the country I am in restricts travel to my home while I am abroad?

Citizens have generally been permitted to travel back to their home countries up until now during the COVID-19 pandemic. A slight risk of flight cancelations does exist. In those instances, students may experience travel delays or may need to travel home via a third country. In extreme cases, GEO would work with the U.S. Department of State (if you are a U.S. citizen) or your home country officials (if you are not a U.S. citizen), to help get you to your home country.

 

What is the current status of spring term 2021 in London?

The Psychology and Business study abroad program in London was approved for travel using our thorough coronavirus health and safety guidelines, and the program has started. These guidelines are based on, but not limited to, CDC and WHO guidance, infection trends, and availability of local health care facilities. We will continuously monitor conditions and adjust the program to maintain adherence to our health and safety standards. For more information, contact geoinfo@uoregon.edu.

 

What are some alternative programs that do not require travel?

GEO and the Division of Global Engagement are offering the following programs for students to maintain a global education virtually: