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Education Abroad COVID-19 Response Information

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 


Education Abroad Fall 2021 Programs - May 10, 2021

  •  The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has recently updated Travel Advisory Levels to many education abroad program destinations.
  • In light of this development, and after a thorough analysis of the current situation regarding COVID-19, with our strong commitment to the safety and well-being of all community members, Texas State University has made the difficult decision to cancel all fall 2021 education abroad programs in countries designated as Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or Level 4 (Do Not Travel). 
  • If you have any questions please contact Education Abroad at 512-245-1967 or email educationabroad@txstate.edu.  

     

Education Abroad Summer 2021 Programs - January 27, 2021

  • In view of present global conditions, the summer 2021 Education Abroad travel programs have been canceled.
  • Application fee refunds will be processed to all enrolled students. 
  • If you have any questions please contact Education Abroad at 512-245-1967 or email educationabroad@txstate.edu. 

 

Texas State Education Abroad has been diligently working together with our collaborators on campus and abroad, as well as with our network of colleagues in the field of international education and risk management resources to plan for the semesters ahead. 

As we continue developing new programs and prepare for the next academic year, it is important to Texas State to offer a plan which makes our students and their loved ones feel as comfortable as possible as they prepare for their academic experiences abroad. The health and safety of our participants is the top priority for Texas State Education Abroad. Our programing plan for 2021-2022 was developed taking into consideration the students’ financial decisions that are involved when studying abroad.

There are multiple factors that will determine how to proceed with our plans for 2021-2022.

  • Travel restrictions imposed by our government officials

  • Policies and procedures established by our System Office and University

  • Travel advisory levels for each country of destination according to the U.S. Department of State

  • Quarantine requirements established by each country of destination (if applicable)

  • Recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

  • Payment and cancellation policies related to each individual program

  • Viability to deliver rich and meaningful educational experiences based on the local conditions for each individual program

As uncertainty prevails in the months ahead, Education Abroad will provide timely and transparent communication to the Texas State community and will remain available for any questions or concerns from our students and their loved ones as we plan and prepare for our future programs. 

In the same manner, it is important to acknowledge that the success of our programs will also depend on the active responsible role of all our participants. The circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic have urged us to modify our participation regulations and protocols requiring a higher level of responsibility from our faculty, students, and partners abroad. Students will have the opportunity to review the participation policies that will apply to their programs and decide if they are comfortable with adhering to them prior to enrolling.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend that faculty and students refrain from making financial commitments until programs are confirmed.


Planning for 2022

We have many opportunities planned for next year. Let us reassure you that these programs are continuously assessed taking into consideration health and safety factors. Please visit our website for details about each program and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns, all of us would be glad to assist as much as we can. 


Are there any opportunities available for summer 2021?

Even when it is too early to confirm travel programs, planning an international education experience does not have to wait! In collaboration with our affiliated providers and partner institutions abroad, you have multiple Global Learning Experiences to choose from. These opportunities are not intended to replace travel education experiences, but to provide an enriching and accessible experience to students, whether due to travel restrictions and/or any other circumstances, who are unable to pursue a traditional education abroad program. The Education Abroad team is committed to bringing meaningful experiences to our students, so while we cannot take you to the world, we would like to bring the world to you! Please visit our website and explore our Global Learning Experience opportunities. 

What happens if a participant withdraws before the program starts?

The specific circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic are continuously evolving, so we understand that this might impact your decision to participate in an education abroad program at any given time. To support students who are considering participating in education abroad programs and in recognition of the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, we have developed a flexible plan for students. This plan will minimize financial impacts should a program be canceled or should a student decide to cancel their participation. The decision to make a financial commitment during these uncertain times is one we want our students and their loved ones to feel comfortable with.  

What happens with my classes if my program is canceled? Will I lose my tuition money and not receive any credit for the class?

Education Abroad, in collaboration with the academic departments and program providers, will make every effort to develop online course(s) as alternatives to travel programs should programs be canceled. Students are strongly advised to have a contingency plan such as alternate education abroad programs such as GOLE, or regular (online or face-to-face) classes at Texas State.

If my program is canceled once it is already started, will Texas State pay for my return flight?

Texas State will not be able to provide refunds for canceled airline tickets, nor purchase new return airline tickets, should students be required to return home earlier than originally planned. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase flexible and fully refundable tickets.

What happens if a student wants to return home once the program has started?

Students may choose to withdraw from their program at any time, however, it is important to understand that students may not be eligible for any refund depending on the time of cancellation. Students are also subject to federal regulations regarding financial aid and may be required to repay all funding received as financial aid and scholarships. Students may also forfeit all academic credits. Texas State will do everything possible to provide alternatives to complete courses but cannot guarantee such options. Completion of academic credit will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Following university policy, they may or may not qualify for a tuition refund and the grade obtained in each course will be determined by the instructor of record or the host institution, and according to Texas State University policy.