COVID-19 Updates

7/6/20

The Office of International Education continues to monitor federal and international travel advisories and restrictions, as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Department of State.  Although state and federal restrictions are being loosened, the global threat posed by COVID-19 still remains high. The University and the Office of International Education have had to make some challenging decisions in regards to international programs to provide as safe an environment as possible for students, faculty and staff. Here are the latest updates:

  • All USA full-semester fall study abroad programs are suspended. Students will be given the option to defer their participation to a future semester or participate in a virtual study abroad opportunity.
  • The Office of International Education will evaluate the feasibility of short-term international experiences during the fall semester 30 days from the program start date.
  • Decisions on spring 2021 semester programs will be made on November 16, 2020.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a study abroad advisor. Remember to ask about virtual abroad opportunities, as well!

OIE Staff


3/12/20

The University of South Alabama is a globally engaged institution with faculty, staff, and students who frequently travel internationally as well as domestically. The health and safety of our university community is a top priority for the institution. Please check frequently the University homepage at https://www.southalabama.edu/coronavirus/ for updates.

In light of the current outbreak of COVID-19 and the fact that the World Health Organization has now declared it a global pandemic, we are taking all reasonable precautions to keep our community safe and informed. Based on the expanding global outbreak, the significant risk of exposure during travel, and guidance from experts in public health and infectious disease, the University of South Alabama is implementing interim travel guidelines and restrictions. With the exception of those trips currently underway, all upcoming university-sponsored international faculty, staff, and student travel is suspended effective immediately and until further notice. 

USA has made the challenging decision to cancel all upcoming study abroad programs and international student travel effective immediately and until further notice.  If you are a student currently participating on or applying to a study abroad program, please communicate with your study abroad advisor to answer any questions.  As always, the safety of our students is our top priority.

The University is closely monitoring the developing situation and will update travel guidelines as Center for Disease Control risk levels change.  We will update this page with any updates to current policies.

Thank you for your support of international education.

OIE Staff