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Education Abroad COVID-19 Response Information

Special Message - Cancellation of Spring and Summer 2020 Education Abroad Programs

The Education Abroad team is working to provide information to everyone affected by the university cancellation of spring and summer 2020 Education Abroad programs. Please see the information available as of 5 pm Monday, March 16, 2020. 

  • All spring break and summer 2020 students in the status of wait list, committed or complete will receive a refund of the $200 application fee.
  • All spring break and summer 2020 students in the status of committed or complete will receive an additional refund of the $300 Program Prepayment fee.
  • Further reimbursement will be reviewed on a program by program basis.

All student participating in  abroad in affiliated or exchange programs during spring 2020 are required to return home by March 31, 2020. 

 We will update this site regularly to answer the most frequently asked questions about academic progress and financial impacts. We appreciate your patience.

 


Fall 2020 Education Abroad Programs Cancelled 

After a thorough analysis of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and with our commitment to the safety and well-being of all community members, Texas State University has made the difficult decision to cancel all Education Abroad programming for the 2020 fall semester.

  • Deferral - We encourage those who are interested to consider deferring to a future semester when travel restrictions and health conditions allow programs to reopen. Please contact us to complete this step.
  • Refund – If you are unable to defer and wish to cancel your program and receive an application fee refund, please let us know.
  • Virtual Programs - Education Abroad is exploring Virtual program options with partner universities and Affiliated providers. Information on these opportunities is available on our Virtual Programs page. 

For all the categories above, please contact educationabroad@txstate.edu.


 

FAQs

1.  I​ was enrolled in a Texas State education abroad program that is now cancelled. What reimbursements for personal expenses may I request?

Students with financial impacts​ directly associated with the cancellation of their Education Abroad program may submit an impact statement and receipts to educationabroad@txstate.edu for ​review and consideration for reimbursement. All requests must be submitted no later than April 1, 2020.

2.  What do I do about my flight if my program is canceled?

If you have already purchased your flight, please contact your airline and cancel the ticket. You may be issued a credit for a future date. There may be a minimal cancellation charge or change fee. If this is the case, please include this in your impact statement (see question 1) and receipts to educationabroad@txstate.edu

3.  My ​Texas State Education Abroad program scheduled for spring or summer ​2020 has been canceled and I am graduating. What should I do to prevent delays to my graduation?

Please inform your academic program director and your advisor as soon as possible. This site will continue to provide updates on this question as they become available.

4.  My spring or summer program has been canceled and I would like to take the courses this summer. What options do I have?

Each student’s situation and needs are unique. The following are suggested options:

  • Course registration for summer and fall 2020 semesters will begin on April 6, 2020. Please visit the Office of the University Registrar webpage for registration instructions.

  • Academic Departments are working to develop alternatives for students who were scheduled to take courses abroad.

5. What does program cancellation mean for my scholarships and financial aid?

  • Students who received IEFS funds for Spring 2020 will be able to keep their awards.

  • All summer IEFS awards for summer 2020 have been canceled. Students who wish to apply for the IEFS in the future will be classified as first-time recipients.
  • To determine how your financial aid will be affected, please contact the ​Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at financialaid@txstate.edu

6. I am a parent. How can I help my student? How can I get regular updates?

Due to FERPA, university staff must communicate with students primarily. Parents can route their questions through their student who is in direct communication with their academic program director (APD) ​or program coordinator and can check this webpage and linked resources for updates.