COVID-19 General Information for Study Abroad Programs
The Office of International Education and Study Abroad Abroad understands there is some uncertainty about international travel due to COVID-19. We are consistently monitoring worldwide resources related to international travel to ensure the health and safety of our students and the wider University of South Alabama community.
We assess each travel situation individually and recommend students considering travel abroad to consult various resources, including:
- Center for Disease Control Travel Recommendations by Country
- Center for Defense Control Travel Health Notices
- U.S. Department of State COVID-19 Travel Information
These COVID-19 travel related frequently asked questions provide more insight and guidance.
In order to study abroad, your host country must meet the requirements of the Office of International Education (OIE) Travel Policy, as outlined below:
- The Office of International Education (OIE) does not offer or approve study abroad, internship, independent travel, service learning, or other programs in countries where the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Travel Warnings and Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Warnings are at a Level 4 or where all other current CDC Warnings are at a Level 3.
- OIE, in consultation with applicable University administrative offices, will assess all university-sponsored or related travel to countries that have U.S. DOS Travel Warnings and CDC COVID Warnings at a Level 3 or all other CDC Warnings at a Level 2.
- In the event that the U.S. DOS or CDC COVID Warnings advance to a Warning Level 3 or Level 4 and/or all other CDC Warnings advance to a Warning Level 2 or 3 for a country or region, the status of existing programs and university-related student travel will be addressed on a case by case basis.
This policy is visualized in the chart below.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
|DOS||Approved||Approved||Admin Review||Not Approved|
|CDC-COVID-19||Approved||Approved||Admin Review||Not Approved|
|CDC-All Others||Approved||Admin Review||Not Approved||N/A|
Travelers are not permitted to travel through countries with U.S. Department of State (DOS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), or CDC-COVID-19 Travel Warnings that are not approved or that require administrative review on route to their final destination.
This includes personal travel and/or flight layovers. Failure to follow these guidelines may put you in jeopardy of forfeiting your international insurance.
**Note: The University of South Alabama's COVID-19 travel restrictions and policies supersede this guidance. The most up to date information on international travel can be found here: https://www.southalabama.edu/coronavirus/travel.html.
If you are thinking of traveling abroad, we highly encourage you to apply for a passport as soon as possible as processing times are longer than usual. If you are anticipating applying for a visa for your program, we recommend that you apply for a passport early. For estimated processing times and more information on passport applications, please click here.
OIE is happy to help you with the application process!
Due to the current climate of travel, we advise that you have a back up plan in case you are unable to study abroad. Make sure that you discuss your plans with your academic advisor. Register for USA courses during the fall, spring, and summer (if applicable) in case you are unable to take your courses abroad.
If program cancellations present any challenging circumstances for you, we would be happy to work with you and your academic department to find a positive solution, as we do not want any student to be academically penalized due to program cancellations.